Brief Counselling in Schools: Working with Young People from by Dennis Lines

By Dennis Lines

Short Counseling in colleges, moment variation is a realistic consultant to delivering aid and help to children experiencing a variety of problems of their domestic and faculty lives. spotting the restrictions of operating inside institution settings, the booklet illustrates how counseling can however be powerful, even if time is brief and confidentiality is difficult to maintain. in line with a style of short integrative counseling that may be tailored to the diversity of difficulties which scholars carry to counseling, and illustrated with wealthy and sundry case fabric, the chapters examine problems with: vainness; melancholy and suicidal recommendations; bullying; parental separation and step-parent clash; loss and bereavement; religious matters; smoking, drug, and alcohol use; and sexuality.  

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The process of an experience, conceptualized within ‘normality’, which in turn confirms the experience, becomes circular. The second case is of a 14-year-old gang leader arrested for murder. Arising from poor home circumstances, he joined a group of ‘trustworthy’ black boys. All the messages coming to him from family, friends, counsellors and therapists within institutions were that he lived ‘as a soldier’. Having internalized a ‘soldier identity’, he rose to the rank of ‘general’ and killed ‘an enemy’ to protect ‘his army’.

There is a legal right for a headteacher to insist on being given information that pupils share in confidence with teachers in school, but such a requirement made of the school counsellor would diminish the effectiveness of therapy. The headteacher has to balance the legal right of parents to know what their child is saying with the code of confidentiality afforded to that child by the counsellor under employ. In addition, counsellors may elect to refer their clients to other counselling agencies or psychological/psychiatric services.

For clients who have been abused, the issue over such an introduction may well be when to disclose rather than to whom. For the client who is nursing no secrets of painful abuse this will seem superfluous and irrelevant, but the legal and professional standing of the practitioner working in school makes this the most prudent course. On balance, then, the pupil-client will have confidence through being spoken with directly, with no hidden agendas or surprises at the point at which the contract has been entered.

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