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1st Edition

Basic Counselling Skills for Teachers

ISBN 9781138305601
Published February 18, 2019 by Routledge
118 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Basic Counselling Skills for Teachers provides teachers and school staff with an accessible guide, and easy-to-apply skills, to providing counselling to students in a school setting. It looks at what counselling is and what it is not, how to recognise that a student may need counselling, creating the right environment, and maintaining confidentiality.

Throughout the book, Tim Dansie provides case studies and strategies for teachers that will help them to encourage students to open up and talk whilst having a model to follow outlining a Solution-Focused Counselling approach. It includes easy-to-understand chapters on counselling for:

  • grief
  • bullying
  • anger
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • friendships
  • career guidance
  • technology addiction.

Concise and practical, this book is essential reading for teachers who want to develop their counselling skills and be able to confidently support students in many of the challenges they face on their journey through school.

Table of Contents


  1. Why Are Teachers Good Counsellors?
  2. Why We Teach Problem-Solving Skills
  3. Counselling for Teachers
  4. The Solution Focussed Counselling Model
  5. Counselling Techniques
  6. Counselling for Grief
  7. Counselling to Develop Friendships
  8. Counselling for Career Guidance
  9. Counselling Students Who Are Developing an Addiction to Technology
  10. Counselling for Bullying
  11. Counselling for Anger
  12. Counselling for Anxiety
  13. Counselling for Depression
  14. Looking After Yourself When Counselling



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Tim Dansie is a Registered Psychologist and Teacher who works in Private Practice in Adelaide, South Australia, whilst also presenting training seminars to schools throughout Australia.