School Counselling Case Study

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2.1 Overview of school counselling Nweze (2014) has clearly spelt out the essence of school counselling at secondary level by elaborating at length on the subject matter. Acknowledging the dyadic and group perspective of same, the author iterated that counselling at secondary school level assists students implore and understand better about their needs, feelings, values, attitudes, strengths and weaknesses, self-concept, how they relate to others and the environment in order to become self-directing individuals. 2.1.1 Definition of school counselling The terms “guidance” and “school counselling” tend to be used interchangeably though they are completely different concepts. Oye et al (2012) clearly differentiated between the two in the sense…show more content…
According to Walsh (2014), the role of school counsellors is first and foremost to assist students, teachers, school managers and parents to enable students to reach both educational and socio-emotional outcomes through proactive and reactive strategies. As mentioned in the work of Campbell & Colmar (2014, Barletta (1996), he further elaborated that such a professional is not only concerned with the mental health of students but is also actively involved in behaviour management interventions, consultation, career and personal counselling and professional development for teachers and…show more content…
The benefits of this endeavour, it can be deduced, will be two-fold in the sense that (1) there will be less school drop-outs and (2) individual academic performance will rise. In a similar vein, in a study conducted in America, Otwell and Mullis (1997) observed that effective school counselling results in an increase of behaviours related to achievement such as improved study habits, efficient use of time and greater academic effort. A similar study by Besley (2002) in Scotland determined that effective school counselling removes some barriers to learning that students may face and consequently, teachers concentrate on their major task of teaching, which resulted in better academic results. 2.1.3.2 Career development
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