Many organisations and settings are realising the benefit that a counselling service can offer, whether that be in dealing with workplace stress or issues that are carried from the personal into the professional arena. Reviews of research into workplace counselling have concluded that it has a "consistent and significant impact on important dimensions of work behaviour" (CPR journal December 2010 p245) and has the potential to effect sickness leave, job satisfaction and enhanced work functioning.
Counselling in schools is continuing to grow in popularity as as many of three quarters of schools now access the services of a counsellor, complimenting one of many support options in pastoral care teams.
Research studies commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government in 2007 identified that,
"School staff and parents agreed that emotional and psychological issues and difficulties directly impact upon teaching and learning and many of those interviewed believed that counselling would have a positive impact on teaching and learning in schools including an improvement in pupil performance."
One young person commented,
"(Young people can) get depressed. Instead of talking to teacher it is easier to talk to someone you can trust. If you are upset they aren't going to tell anyone."
A review of audit and evaluation studies undertaken by Strathclyde University in 2009 also established that as many as 80% of respondents had rated counselling as "moderately or very helpful".
As a school-based counsellor I have a great deal of experience in working with young people and in understanding an organisational context. I hold an enhanced DBS check and can offer a flexible range of services from ad-hoc sessional work to fixed term contracts. Please contact me to discuss flexible rates depending on requirements and contract duration.