“Headteachers and pastoral care teachers are … supportive of counselling in helping pupils to study and learn, particularly in facilitating the young person’s ability to concentrate in class, as well as increasing their attendance at school and improving behaviour.”
(Counselling in Schools: A Blueprint for the Future Dept Education 2016)
A young person is usually seen weekly, during lesson time for as many sessions as they need/school are able to provide. This will often be 6-10 weeks, but can be fewer or more sessions depending on the issues presented and the young persons’ coping skills.
A client has the choice of whether to have counselling or not, they cannot be ‘made’ to attend by another person, parent or school. Young people who are deemed “Gillick Competant” are legally able to access counselling without their parents consent or knowledge. If young people are happy for their parents to know about their counselling, it is helpful for parents to be part of the process.
A counsellor is able to keep what a young person says confidential unless they feel that there is a risk of harm to the client or those around them. This will be explained to the person during their first session and throughout the counselling process.
Counselling may help a young person access their external and internal resources. Their resilience, or ability to cope with the situation they are in, may be improved. There may be changes in the young person’s feelings about themselves, and those around them. This can improve their life and their relationships.
If you would like more information on the provision of a counselling service to your school please contact us.