What is it like to work as a counsellor in schools? What relationship might a counsellor have with staff? How can a counsellor become a positive, integral part of school life?
In this book, Nick Luxmoore shows how school counsellors can make a positive difference to the whole life of the school. Rather than being a service hidden behind closed doors, he shows how to take a whole-school approach to counselling, making it a normal part of school life. The book demonstrates how staff as well as students can benefit from counselling, and how professional boundaries and relationships can be maintained. Key therapeutic aims and how to develop the service are also covered.
Drawing on over 26 years' experience as a school counsellor, Luxmoore combines vivid case material with psychotherapeutic theory to show counsellors how to provide an excellent service and make a positive contribution to the school. The book will be essential reading for school counsellors, headteachers, teachers, and anyone interested in effective counselling in schools.
Nick Luxmoore is a school counsellor, trainer, teacher, youth worker and UKCP registered Psychodrama psychotherapist. He has over 35 years' experience of work with young people and with the professionals who support them. He has previously published Listening to Young People in School, Youth Work and Counselling; Working with Anger and Young People; Feeling like Crap: Young People and the Meaning of Self-esteem; Young People in Love and in Hate; Young People and the Curse of Ordinariness and Young People, Death and the Unfairness of Everything, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. He currently works as the Counsellor at King Alfred's Academy, Wantage, UK.
1. Introduction. Part One. The Context. 2. The idea of a counsellor. 3. Demystifying counselling. 4. Practical rules. 5. Therapists adapting. Part Two. The Therapy. 6. Containment. 7. Ambivalence. 8. The outside and the inside. 9. A sense of worth. 10. The anxieties of not knowing. Part Three. Developing The Service. 11. The Headteacher. 12. Volunteer counsellors. 13. Peer supporters. 14. Parents. Part Four. Life After School Counselling. 15. What happens next. References. Index.