Counselling with Children and Young People provides a distinctive focus on child therapy in school settings, addressing in a unique level of detail. The authors adopt a broad ecosystematic, integrative approach that takes into account the factors of family, school and wider community, placing emphasis on significant development and attachment issues.

The Child, The School, Counselling and Psychotherapy

The child, the school, counselling and psychotherapy
Colleen McLaughlin


This chapter discusses the relationship between the child, the school and counselling, drawing upon an ecological approach. We argue that counselling involves taking account of and engaging with the family, the school and the wider community, as well as the child. Research on the emotional wellbeing of children and adolescence is examined and its connections to the ecological framework explored, together with the ensuing implications for the role of the school and counselling. The final section looks in more detail at the role of counselling in schools, including describing the history of counselling therein, and the evidence for its effectiveness.

The Ecological or Ecosystemic Approach

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