Therapeutic change processes in school-based counselling: The perspectives of students and counsellors in Hong Kong

Mark Gregory HARRISON

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Abstract

School-based counselling is an effective intervention for psychological distress in adolescents, but little is known about the processes leading to a therapeutic change in a Chinese sociocultural context. Twenty-five Chinese senior secondary school students and eight school counsellors in Hong Kong were interviewed, and the data were analysed thematically within a critical realist paradigm. Three change processes were developed: new ways of thinking, developing better relationships and experiencing positive emotions. The study's findings were broadly consistent with previous research into school-based counselling in Western contexts but not consistent with previous studies carried out with adult Chinese clients. Counselling in schools has the potential to deliver significant benefits to adolescents in Hong Kong. Copyright © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Early online dateFeb 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Feb 2020

Citation

Harrison, M. G. (2020). Therapeutic change processes in school-based counselling: The perspectives of students and counsellors in Hong Kong. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03069885.2020.1729340

Keywords

  • Change processes
  • School-based counselling
  • Thematic analysis
  • Critical realism
  • Psychological distress
  • PG student publication

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