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School counselling services

We provide counselling services to education settings to help improve the social, emotional and mental health of children and young people.

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What counselling services do we offer?

At HSR Psychology we offer two main counselling services to education settings. Our first counselling service is our ‘school commissioned counselling services’. This is where we provide a designated counsellor, supervised by our psychologists, to your education setting who can provide onsite counselling services on a short or long-term placement. Our second counselling service is our ‘school counsellor supervision services’, which provides counselling supervision and guidance to members of staff within schools providing counselling, or fulfilling a similar role.

There are many benefits of using our specialist psychology service to supervise counselling provision within an education setting.

HSR Psychology school counselling supervision

One of our clinical psychologists providing supervision for a school counsellor

Our school counsellors are registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), the National Counselling Society (NCS), the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) or the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).

What are the benefits of our counselling service?

Our counselling service brings many benefits to children, young people, education staff and education settings. The benefits include:

Our counselling services provide children, young people and education staff with strategies and support to improve their social, emotional and mental health.

Mental health problems in children and young people cause distress and can have wide-ranging effects, including impacts on educational attainment and social relationships, as well as affecting life chances and physical health.

Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2012 Our Children Deserve Better: Prevention Pays (2012)

School commissioned counselling services

Recent government guidelines have suggested that school counselling services bring many benefits to students and staff. All secondary schools in Wales, and the majority of secondary schools in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, have access to school counsellors. The prevalence of counsellors in primary schools is also increasing.

HSR Psychology counselling services are available as a school commissioned service through a service level agreement. Counselling is an effective way to identify emerging social, emotional and mental health needs and address them through specific techniques and strategies. Early needs identification and intervention brings many benefits to your education setting, including:

Our service enables the use of psychologist-designed counselling programmes according to identified needs. Following an assessment therapeutic interventions related to social, emotional and mental health may be carried out by a counsellor, supervised by our psychologists. Our whole team access and approach provides a broad range of complementary therapeutic services.

When would someone need an initial discussion?

Individuals who are interested in any of the following services would require an initial discussion:

Research indicates that school-based counselling is perceived by children and pastoral care staff as a highly accessible, non-stigmatising and effective form of early intervention for reducing psychological distress

Secondary school students have reported that attending school-based counselling services had positively impacted on their studying and learning.

School management have reported perceived improvements in attainment, attendance and behaviour of young people who have accessed school-based counselling services. Emotional, behavioural, social and school wellbeing also predict higher levels of academic achievement and engagement in school

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP): School counselling for all (2015)

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We provide free initial discussions to education settings as part of our cost effective service. Specific services may be discussed in order to provide an accurate for our specialist psychological input.

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School staff and children and young people usually evaluate school based counselling positively, viewing it as an effective way of bringing about improvements in mental health and wellbeing, and helping children and young people to engage with studying and learning. Counselling is viewed as an accessible service, increasing the range of options available to children and young people who need to talk to a professional about issues in their lives.

Counselling in schools: a blueprint for the future (2015)

School counsellor supervision services

Our specialist psychologists offer counselling supervision services for professionals providing counselling and related services within education settings. Our supervision services are suitable for qualified counsellors, counselling psychologists, teaching staff trained in counselling skills and professionals fulfilling a counselling role.

There are many benefits to receiving counselling supervision, such as:

Providing supervision for counselling services promotes professional development and emotional wellbeing. There are individual and group supervision options available. To provide a safe counselling practice in line with professional guidelines, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) advise regular supervision sessions.

Regular and on-going supervision is a distinctive professional requirement of the counselling professions.

Supervision is essential to how practitioners sustain good practice throughout their working life. Supervision provides practitioners with regular and ongoing opportunities to reflect in depth about all aspects of their practice in order to work as effectively, safely and ethically as possible.

Supervision also sustains the personal resourcefulness required to undertake the work.

BACP Ethical framework for the counselling professions (2016)

For accredited counsellors, the minimum amount of supervision required to achieve and maintain BACP accreditation is one and a half hours individual or equivalent per month for each month that counselling is undertaken. Only formal and regular supervision time is counted.

BACP, What is supervision? (2011)

Counselling is a talking therapy which supports children and young people with the exploration and understanding of their feelings or circumstances. At HSR Psychology we provide counselling services to education settings, and counselling supervision services. If you are considering providing a counselling service within an education setting then we are happy to provide a free initial discussion to discuss how we can best support.

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