Narrative counselling for adolescents at risk of exclusion from school

Shaalan Farouk*, Simon Edwards

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A new form of narrative counselling for adolescents at risk of exclusion was piloted in three schools with eleven students between the ages of 13-14 years over a 6-7 week period. The intervention took into consideration that compared to adults, adolescents are more susceptible to being influenced by their immediate surroundings of home and school. A measure of progress on a student engagement scale showed an improvement in educational engagement, particularly in students’ behavioural engagement in class. The process of narrative counselling adolescents at school is described and the issues addressed in the narrative counselling sessions are discussed. Finally, the inclusive ethos of the secondary schools that the counsellors worked in are considered, as they facilitated or hindered the counselling intervention
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Early online date17 Feb 2020
Publication statusEarly online - 17 Feb 2020


  • Narrative approach
  • Counselling in school
  • Adolescents
  • Social constructionism


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