School Counselling

By Dr. Ramya Bhaskar   |   Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore
Learners enrolled: 3238
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Have you seen a boy/girl being too timid, withdrawn, aloof, isolated?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. 

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 15 weeks
Category :
  • Teacher Education
Credit Points : 4
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 04 Jul 2022
End Date : 16 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2022
Exam Date :

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Course layout

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

Books and references

1. American School Counselor Association (ASCA). (2003). The ASCA national model: A framework for school counseling programs (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: Author
2. American School Counselor Association.(2012). American School Counsellor Association. Retrieved from American School Counsellor Association Web site: http://www.schoolcounselor.org/files/appropriate.pdf
3. Gibson, R. L. & Mitchell, M .H. (1995). Introduction to Counselling and Guidance. Prentice –Hall, New Jersey.
4. Green, A. G., Conley, J. A., & Barnett, K. (2005). Urban school counselling: Implications for practice and training. Professional School Counselling, 8(3), 189–195.
5. Michael S.N. (1993).The Art and Science of Counseling and Psychotherapy. Merrill Pub Co. USA.
6. Pandey.V.C. (2005). Child counseling, Isha Book Publishers, New Delhi.
7. Patri.V.R., (2005). Counselling psychology, Author Press, New Delhi

Instructor bio

Dr. Ramya Bhaskar

Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore
Dr. Ramya Bhaskar has 14 years of teaching experience in UG and PG programmes in Human Development. In this span of teaching she has developed a keen interest in Adolescent and Child Development, Guidance and Counselling and Early Childhood care and Education. She has published research articles in various reputed national and international journals and has nearly forty presentations at various conferences and seminars. She completed her Post-Doctoral Research awarded by UGC-DSRPDFHSS in the year 2015 and subsequently won the mid-career award at the 33rd Biennial Conference of Home Science Association of India (HSAI) in the year 2020.      

Course certificate

30% internal assessment and 70% proctored exam (objective type)

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