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School Counselling in an Asian Cultural Context
Insights from Hong Kong and The Asia-Pacific region

ISBN 9780367701000
Published November 2, 2021 by Routledge
190 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

School Counselling in an Asian Cultural Context focuses on the ways in which cultural setting influences the practice of school counseling, its effectiveness, and the experience of young people as they engage in counseling in schools.

The mental health of young people is increasingly a cause for concern, particularly in Asia’s high-pressured league-topping education systems, and the wellbeing of students is becoming more a part of the wider remit of schools. Mark Harrison presents a broad overview of the development and current practice of school counseling in Hong Kong in both local and international schools and examines this in relation to school counseling in US and UK settings as well as the wider Asia-Pacific region.

The book brings together two foci: the practice of school counseling in the Asian cultural context of Hong Kong, and the effectiveness and experience of school counseling from the perspective of young people and counselors. The diversity of schools in Hong Kong makes it a microcosm of trends and practices in school counseling globally and, as such, offers insights which will be of interest to students in training; school counselors, administrators and policy makers in the Asia-Pacific region and further afield.

Table of Contents


1. The Role of Schools in Addressing Young People’s Wellbeing

2. School Counselling: Aims and Influence of The Sociocultural Context

3. The Delivery of School Counselling

4. School Counselling in Practice: The Perspectives of Counsellors and Young People

5. Evidence for The Effectiveness of School Counselling

6. The Stages of Individual School Counselling

7. Therapeutic Change Processes

8. Implications for practice, policy and research



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Mark Harrison is a lecturer in the department of International Education at the Education University of Hong Kong. He taught at schools in the UK and Hong Kong for over 20 years and held several positions of senior leadership in international schools in Hong Kong. He is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and is a practising counsellor.