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A Day in the Life

Counselling

Counselling under Covid 19 lockdown 

During lockdown, Warwick School is continuing to provide confidential counselling to pupils as is legally appropriate but by telephone, as this is the simplest alternative to implement and is, in our view, the least likely to cause any ethical problems. In line with GDPR we will seek parental permission for boys under 13 to use a telephone. We trust that parents of boys older than 13 will allow them use of an appropriate phone and will respect their right to confidential counselling. Thank you for your understanding and help in this matter.

If you are concerned about a child or young person in your care and would like to refer them for counselling or to speak to one of our counsellors, please email Meg Harper, our Head of Counselling m.harper@warwickschool.org ​​​​​​​

 What does school counselling involve?

The opportunity to talk about things that are of concern, in confidence, with our qualified school counsellor. Common themes are stress, relationships, change, loss and distressing, traumatic events.

What do the school counsellors do?

Counsellors are trained to listen without judging and to help people sort out their thoughts and feelings about whatever is concerning them. Our school counsellors work in a range of ways, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-Centred counselling and Creative Therapy, aiming to enable clients work through whatever issues are troubling them.

Why have a counsellor in school?
 

A school based service brings counselling to young people in a place that is familiar, safe and secure. If young people are able to receive emotional support from a qualified professional when they feel they need it, they will have greater opportunity to fulfil their potential. 

How long will counselling last?
 

Counselling may be for as little as a one-off drop-in or may be for a few sessions or longer term.

Where and when does it take place?
 

We have two private counselling rooms, one at the top of Thornton Building and one in the Main Building. Boys attending counselling sometimes prefer their friends not to know and so we tried to choose locations where their privacy is protected as much as possible. Appointments are usually for 50 minutes but can be shorter if appropriate. There are some appointments before school starts and some boys have short appointments in breaks and lunchtimes. When lessons are missed, appointment times are varied so that time is not repeatedly lost from any one subject.

I am concerned about my son. Can I contact the school counsellors?
 

Yes! Please contact Meg Harper, our Head of Counselling, at m.harper@warwickschool.org. This is easier than calling as our counsellors cannot answer the phone when they are working with clients. Meg will follow up by email or phone. You are also welcome to make an appointment to talk to one of our counsellors about your concerns in person, but please contact Meg in the first instance.

Once counselling has begun, it is important to remember that counselling is confidential and the counsellor will not be able to talk to you about what your son says, unless he gives permission.

Who are the school counsellors?
 

Meg Harper was educated at Oxford University, Warwick University and Warwickshire College and has wide experience of working with young people in a variety of educational and social settings. She trained as a counsellor later in life and has a particular interest in counselling for young people.

Gemma King was educated at Stroud College and Warwick University and has worked in variety of counselling settings. She currently combines her work at Warwick School with work for the local counselling agency, Safeline.

 Is it confidential?

Yes, it is, within certain legal constraints – providing the client is deemed competent to understand the counselling process and to take responsible decisions about his own well-being. All counsellors receive supervision to ensure the quality of their practice. This too is confidential.

 How do boys contact the school counsellors?

We aim to make it as easy as possible for boys to contact the counsellors but in the first instance, all enquiries should go through Meg Harper, our Head of Counselling.

They can: 

·         drop by to see Meg in her room

·         email her at m.harper@warwickschool.org or counsellor@warwickschool.org

·         ask their form tutor or another member of staff to refer them

·         ask you to get in touch on their behalf