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School Counselling

Avianshilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore and CEC via Swayam


Have you seen a child being too aggressive – hitting and hurting other children, destroying things etc..?Have you seen a boy/girl being too timid, withdrawn, aloof, isolated?Have you seen an adolescent high school student being reckless, indulge in risk behaviours – smoking, drug and alcohol abuse?All of us have seen and have wondered why? Why the children are like this?How to set right these children? What should be done to avoid these problem behaviours? How to identify and address these behaviours and intervene to mainstream them?The students need not be exceptional to encounter problems in school. They face a diverse array of problems and challenges as they progress through school years which manifests itself through these behaviors. We know that the children are an asset for a country since they are the future nation builders and their health and wellbeing always remains as a primary concern. Children of elementary school, middle school and high school spend the active part of their day at school and hence, school plays a very important role in moulding the personality which endures through thoughts, feelings and behaviours of the students.


Week 1 1. School Counseling - meaning and concept, need and scope 2. Developmental task - meaning and concept, developmental tasks of school children and high school children 3. Goals and objectives of developmental model of counseling and developmental perspective to counseling Week 2 4. Theoretical foundations and counseling approaches - Piaget’s theory of cognitive development 5. Theoretical foundations and counseling approaches - Erickson’s psycho social theory Week 3 6. Theoretical foundations and counseling approaches - Ivey’s developmental therapy 7. Theoretical foundations and counseling approaches - Blocher’s developmental counseling and Havighurst’s concept of developmental task Week 4 8. Objectives and principles of school counseling 9. Counseling and goals strategies - Primary, high and high secondary school level Week 5 10. Concept of task and concerns of school counseling and counselor 11. Role and function of school counselor 12. Emergence of school counseling - historical perspective of role and function of school counselor Week 6 13. Review of role statement of ASCA 14. Role and functions of school counselors by grade level - Elementary school counseling 15. Role and functions of school counselors by grade level - Middle school counseling Week 7 16. Role and functions of school counselors by grade level - High school counseling 17. Role and functions of school counselors by grade level - Rural and Urban school counseling Week 8 18. Characteristics and roles of counselor 19. Special skill of a school counselor - consultation - process and modes 20. School consultation- effective uses of Adlerian principles in consultation Week 9 21. Consultation of teachers and administrators as an integral part of school counseling 22. Consultation - working with parents as an integral part of school counseling Week 10 23. Skills of school counselor - Communication skills 24. Skills of school counselor - Evaluating skills 25. Skills of school counselor - Leadership and Coordinating skills 26. Best practices of school counselor - being good listener, friend and authoritative 27. Best practices of school counselor - being grounded, accessible and approachable Week 11 28. Introduction to common problems of school children 29. Issues related to academic performance - identification and intervention 30. . Counseling exceptional children - mentally and emotionally challenged children, slow learners, learning disabilities and gifted children Week 12 31. Counseling abused children - Victims of physical, verbal and sexual abuse 32. Counseling children with high risk behaviours - drug and alcohol abuse, sexually active and delinquent children 33. Counseling children from broken families - children with single parents on the verge of divorce Week 13 34. Counseling children with health maladjustment - common health complaints, psycho somatic 35. Special concerns of school counselor - the need and importance for early identification and planning suitable intervention Week 14 36. Counseling approaches - meaning, importance and techniques - Direct, Indirect and eclectic counseling 37. Types of Counseling - Individual and group counseling Week 15 38. Behaviour Therapy - Techniques, key concept and process 39. Rational emotive therapy and cognitive therapy - Techniques, key concepts and process 40. Future trends in school counseling - Advocacy, promoting and formulating a professional identity as school counselor

Taught by

Dr. Ramya Bhaskar

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