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17:15 - 19:00 6 December 2012

EBPU Seminar Title: School-based humanistic counselling: Does it help reduce distress, and if so, how?


Anna Freud Centre (link Map)
12 Maresfield Gardens | London | NW3 5SU |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Professor Mick Cooper, Mick Cooper is a Professor of Counselling at the University of Strathclyde, a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, and the National Advisor for Counselling for CYP IAPT. Mick has written a number of texts on person-centred, relational and 'pluralistic' approaches to therapy, and has been closely involved in the evaluation of school-based counselling in the UK over the past decade.

School-based counselling is one of the most prevalent interventions for young people in the UK, with around 70,000-90,000 young people seeing a counsellor each year. But does it lead to any significant reductions in psychological distress and, if so, what are the processes by which it works. This presentation will review the evidence on the effectiveness of school-based counselling, and then go on to report on new findings on the outcomes of a programme of small-scale RCTs for testing the effectiveness of school-based humanistic counselling: a manualised distillation of school-based counselling practices. Drawing on qualitative and case study data, the talk will also present a model of hypothesised change processes in school-based counselling. The data will be presented in the context of findings from CORC on the prevalence and effectiveness of CAMHS interventions.


Thomas Booker
020 7443 2223 | Thomas.Booker@annafreud.org


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