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Title: School-based counselling in Macao
Authors: Van Schalkwyk, Gertina Johanna
Sit, Ho Yi Holly
Issue Date: 24-Jun-2013
Publisher: Institute of southeast Asian studies
Citation: The 8th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) - Macau, Jun. 2013
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore the status of psychological services in schools in Macao, and the role of school counsellors providing these services. At present, school psychology is not a recognized profession within the territory and school counselors appointed by the Direcção dos Serviços de Educação e Juventude (DSEJ) through their designated agencies provide the only psychological services to children and families. Adopting a qualitative approach, the researchers collected the viewpoints from three teachers and seven school counsellors regarding the central question: “How do school counselors “serve” the Macao school children and their families, and what are the most common services required?” An interpretative phenomenological analysis revealed three themes, namely (a) school counselling services, (b) psycho-education and mental health services, and (c) perceived needs. I will also discuss some recommendations for the development of the field, which could provide additional school-based child and family interventions in Macao and Southeast Asian countries.
Keywords: Interpretative phenomenological analysis
Macao SAR
School counselling
School-based child and family interventions
School psychology
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