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Have you had a counsellor visit your school?

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Imsosorryalan Wed 15-Apr-15 21:06:43

To work with children? Maybe not directly in your teaching roles, but have you heard of a counsellor coming in to school to work with particular children?
It's an area that really interests me as a career but not sure it's realistic as a profession!

Mostlyjustaluker Wed 15-Apr-15 21:12:50

Yes, through relate. In my current school we have number of children who assess counsellors through CAHMS and a domestic violence charity.

tethersend Wed 15-Apr-15 21:13:15

Yes, many schools employ a full-time counsellor. Others buy in a certain number of hours a week. Some use Pupil Premium money to pay for a counsellor for a specified amount of time.

I'd say it was realistic, but it also depends on where you are in the country.

Worth considering also that many private ESBD schools/residential placements employ counsellors on a regular/full time basis.

ElizabethHoover Wed 15-Apr-15 21:13:56

masses of them

Imsosorryalan Wed 15-Apr-15 21:16:29

That's good to know! I didn't think of esbd units either so will also research that. I have never come across one so was unsure. Good news

Imsosorryalan Wed 15-Apr-15 21:17:40

Would you say it's more in secondary or primary or both?

ElizabethHoover Wed 15-Apr-15 21:51:04

secondary but also I know they do exist in primary.
lay chaplains do some self esteem work too
But also CBT therapists, CAMHS people, ALL sorts

MsDran Wed 15-Apr-15 22:08:53

Our primary school employs a counsellor 3 days a week.

GraceGrape Wed 15-Apr-15 23:47:35

My school has a regular counsellor through the Place2Be charity. I think you can do voluntary work with them if you have/are doing training to get some experience. We are a primary school.

BackforGood Wed 15-Apr-15 23:58:08

Also quite a lot of schools buy in charities to do this sort of work.

MaraThonbar Thu 16-Apr-15 18:27:26

I also worked in a school with a resident Place2Be counsellor (all through, pupils from both primary and secondary phases involved). In addition to her, there were a number of counsellors who volunteered for Place2Be to keep their clinical hours up. They are, I think, a good starting point for your research.

AlfieandAnnieRose Thu 16-Apr-15 18:37:33

Yes I am one of those trainee therapists working in a school as my placement. We have to get a certain amount of hours to qualify and get accreditation. The school I work at was set up through a charity such as place2be

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Thu 16-Apr-15 18:45:45

Yes. My children attended schools (primary and secondary) that were directly involved in the murders in Soham in 2012. DS was a classmate of the girls and DD was a friend of one of the children and counsellors worked with the children through those difficult times including working with them to decide what should happen with the girls desks and in how best to remember the children. They were also involve din helping the children to work through what should happen to Huntley's house.

Later a counsellor was involved with dd's peers again when a close friend developed cancer.

spanieleyes Thu 16-Apr-15 19:22:47

We had a counsellor in when a pupil's mother died ( primary)

PelicanDaisy Mon 20-Apr-15 21:10:07

Look at Place2Be, a friend works for them and is an in-school counsellor. They do a masters in London I believe.

cheapandcheerful Wed 13-May-15 21:04:52

I have taught in the same primary school for 7 years and the only time I have known a counsellor to come in was when a few of the year 6 children witnessed their friend killed by a car after school one day.

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