ERIC Number: EJ1010413
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Evaluating School-Based Psychological and Counselling Services in Macao Using a Qualitative Approach
van Schalkwyk, Gertina J.; Sit, Holly H. Y.
School Psychology International, v34 n2 p154-165 Apr 2013
The purpose of this study was to explore the status of psychological services in schools in Macao, and the role of school counsellors providing these services. At present, school psychology is not a recognized profession within the territory and school counsellors appointed by the Direccao dos Servicos de Educacao e Juventude (DSEJ) through their designated agencies provide the only psychological services to children and families. Adopting a qualitative approach, the researchers collected the viewpoints from three teachers and seven school counsellors regarding the central question: "How do school counsellors 'serve' the Macao school children and their families, and what are the most common services required?". An interpretative phenomenological analysis revealed three themes: (a) School counselling services; (b) psycho-education and mental health services; and (c) perceived needs. Also discussed were recommendations for the development of the field, including the provision of additional school-based child and family interventions in Macao.
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Counseling Services, Foreign Countries, Counselor Role, School Psychology, Counselor Attitudes, Counseling Techniques, Phenomenology, Psychoeducational Methods, Mental Health Programs, Teacher Attitudes, Psychological Needs, Intervention, School Counseling, Questionnaires, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Macau