Counsellors in Hong Kong primary schools: On becoming visible counselling professionals

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Abstract

This article examines the implications of a new school counselling policy, namely, ‘one school social worker for each school’, for the professional identity of school counsellors and guidance and counselling services in Hong Kong primary schools. This paper reviews primary school counselling development since the 1970s with a focus on workforce planning. As a result, it identifies two themes: (1) counselling workforce planning has gradually shifted from purely government-led to more school-based planning, and (2) school counsellors with master’s-level counselling training qualifications are not adequately recognized in primary school settings. Making school counsellors visible to school principals, the Education Bureau and the public before the full implementation of the new policy in 2021/2022 is critical. The strategic positions of counsellor educators and counselling associations that are central to the advancement of the professional identity of school counsellors are discussed. Copyright © 2019 The Canadian Center of Science and Education. All Rights Reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-90
JournalGlobal journal of health science
Volume11
Issue number12
Early online date09 Oct 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Citation

Fung, S. C. (2019). Counsellors in Hong Kong primary schools: On becoming visible counselling professionals. Global Journal of Health Science, 11(12), 80-90. doi: 10.5539/gjhs.v11n12p80

Keywords

  • Counselling development
  • One school social worker for each school
  • School counselling
  • School counsellor

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