Young people's mental health and wellbeing have been gaining ground on the political and societal agendas. As schools come under pressure to respond and provide additional pastoral support to students, many have opted to employ a dedicated school counsellor.
This course will be a basic introduction to how such services have evolved, who they benefit in the educational and wider communities, and why they are important. Aimed at pastoral staff, counsellors, and counsellors in training, this course outlines many of the core skills and components involved in school counselling. Attention will be given to the organisational demands and user expectations inherent in school counselling, as well as setting up a school counselling service.
The course will be taught from a psychodynamic perspective with a focus on secondary schools. Other counselling modalities, and roles in primary and tertiary educational settings, will also be explored.