Views of School Counselors on Psychological Counseling

Fatma Selda Öz, Aslı Uz Baş, Ferda Aysan Full Text: PDF (Türkçe)

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to evaluate the perceptions of psychological counselors in relation with the student related problem areas in their schools and their approaches of psychological counseling displayed for prevention and intervention. In this study, qualitative research method was used. The study group of the research comprised 18 psychological counselors (4 Males 12 Females) assigned at elementary and secondary education institutions in the provincial center of Izmir during 2012-2013 education year. Data were collected through a semi-structured interview form. The interview form posed 11 questions. The findings of the research indicate that school counselors experience difficulties in terms of addressing, preventing and intervening in students’ problems. It is also observed that school counselors do not consider their theory and implementation based knowledge, skills and equipment as adequate. Another outcome of the research displays that school counselors explain their above-mentioned inadequacy with deficiencies in the undergraduate and graduate study programmes. School psychological counselors have primarily underlined the inadequacy of the training they received on supervising, in particular.

Keywords: School psychological counselor, Theory and approaches