The use of online counselling within an Australian secondary school setting: a practitioner’s viewpoint

Glasheen, Kevin J. & Campbell, Marilyn A. (2009) The use of online counselling within an Australian secondary school setting: a practitioner’s viewpoint. Counselling Psychology Review, 24(2), pp. 42-51.

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This paper proposes that the provision of online counselling services for young people accessed through their local school website has the potential to assist students with mental health issues as well as increasing their help seeking behaviours. It stems from the work of the authors who trialled an online counselling service within one Australian secondary school. In Australia, online counselling with the adult population is now an accepted part of the provision of mental health services. Online provision of mental health information for young people is also well accepted. However, online counselling for young people is provided by only a few community organisations such as Kids Help Line within Australia. School based counselling services which are integral to most secondary schools in Australia, seem slow to provide this service in spite of initial interest and enthusiasm by individual school counsellors. This discussion is the product of reflection on the potential benefits of this trial with a consideration of relevant research of the issues raised. It highlights the need for further research into the use of computer mediated communication in the provision of counselling within a school setting.

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ID Code: 26319
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Official URL included due to publisher restrictions which require post prints include a URL to where publisher version is available.
Keywords: online counselling, adolescents, school, mental health
ISSN: 0269-6975
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 British Psychological Society
Deposited On: 14 Jul 2009 23:45
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2015 19:21

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