Counselling in Schools: A Research Study into Services for Children and Young People in Wales

From March 2007 to November 2007
Project Leader(s): Dr Sue Pattison / Nancy Rowland – Head of Research, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Staff: Professor Mick Cooper (University of Strathclyde, Chair of the Counselling Unit’s Management Group, Co-Director of the Tayside Counselling Clinic, UKCP-registered psychotherapist) / Angela Couchman (BACP, Research Office Manager, Project Contact and Administrator) /Karen Cromarty (County Durham LA - Director of Student Services, Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College; BACP, Lead Advisor for Children and Young People) / Peter Jenkins (University of Salford, School of Community, Health Sciences and Social Care, Senior Lecturer in Counselling, Researcher, Social Worker) / Filiz Polat (University of Bristol, Lecturer and Pathway Co-ordinator for Special and Inclusive Education Pathway) / Kaye Richards (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Research Facilitator)
Contact: Dr Sue Pattison
Sponsors: Welsh Assembly Government
Partners: BACP leading organisation

The research process involved desk research, a survey of schools and educational agencies in Wales and consultation with a wide group of stakeholders including teachers, counsellors, parents and young people as well as professionals involved in the planning and delivery of mental health services for children and young people. Their engagement with the research helped shape the results, thus facilitating ownership of the project findings, which is important for future service development and delivery. The research process enabled the team to identify standards of practice and the frameworks needed to deliver high quality and sustainable services. Data were synthesised to develop evidence based recommendations for schools in Wales.


Dr Sue Pattison
Lecturer in Education and Communication and Director of Integrated Phd in Education and Communication