School Counsellor Support

Individual clinical supervision for school counsellors.

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The details

No. of Sessions – 10

Total Session Duration – 600 Mins

Validity – one academic year

Mode – video call

Medium – Whatsapp/Skype/Whereby

Cost: 400 euros

What is clinical supervision?

Clinical supervision is a process in which an experienced counselor may provide consistent support, instruction, and feedback to foster a non-experienced counselor’s psychological and professional development while evaluating his or her delivery of clinical and ethical services (Bernard & Goodyear, 2009; Studer, 2005).

If you operate as your school’s sole counsellor, or feel that intimate professional conversations with colleagues are not possible in your circumstances, online clinical supervision could be for you.

School counsellors do an outstanding job. It’s often an isolating role. Management often don’t quite know what you do. Colleagues don’t either. You are seen as an extra teacher, an all round ‘fixer’ of kids and adults alike. You are assumed to have unlimited depths of patience, self-motivation and energy.

My recent M.Sc. Psychology thesis was entitled Counselling the counsellor – a phenomenological analysis of how ProfessionalInternational School Counsellors view their own wellbeing.

Here is the abstract from the report:

This study is concerned with Professional International School Counsellors and their wellbeing. The primary objective of this study was to investigate how Professional International School Counsellors maintained their wellbeing within the context of the school they worked in and the wider international environment. The research used Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis applied to semi-structured interviews, allowing for wide-ranging discussion and follow-up questions exploring issues arising from initial responses. Eight participants were selected for the research, drawn from social media advertisements within international school counsellor groups. The analysis revealed three themes: workload and role definition, the nature of support available and maintaining a balanced lifestyle. The results of the study showed that Professional International School Counsellors often have ill-defined roles and incomplete or non-existent job descriptions, leading to role confusion and work overload. The results also established that personal relationships were a key factor in counsellors’ wellbeing, together with professional online support. A third finding was the effectiveness of routine physical exercise and mindfulness activities on maintaining counsellor wellbeing. In conclusion, the study suggests that specific and systematic provision should be in place for supporting counsellors’ wellbeing within international schools, which should include independent clinical supervision.

The purpose of this package

This package is intended for professional growth and reflection around professional practice. Whilst personal issues almost certainly enter inot the overall process, this is not intended for personal counselling, which can be organised through a different package.