The Benefits of Online Child and Parent Counselling
Parenting and child and adolescent counselling are an integral part of any pedagogical approach to educating children. It is the foundation stone of any meaningful approach to educational intervention, and indeed, the whole eduction procedure. As such, child and parent counselling have many different dimensions, all of which have significant bearing on the quality and success rate of the educational interventions. The key factors to look for, therefore, are:
Method: The most effective method of child and parent counselling was applied to three children and the mothers of those children, analysing the impact of the process of change in consciousness of the subject of private education, taking into consideration the content of their counselling session. In this case, the researchers were looking at the working practices of special educators. The outcome of their analysis was that special education teachers did not need to necessarily modify their teaching methods to be effective at transforming the behaviour of children with special needs.
Issues: This is a rather new area of study, but has been receiving increasing attention in recent years. Child and parent counselling is usually conducted by those who deal with the issues of mental health, and the current debate on online child counselling is one reflection of this. The main thrust of research into child and parent counselling is to understand what changes need to take place in order to raise healthy behaviour in those with special needs. Online child counselling has emerged as a major platform for research in this area.
Issues: Child and parent counselling is typically conducted with parents, so there may be some resistance to changing established practice. Yet the established practices are not working well enough, and parents themselves are often reluctant to challenge them in the public sector. There is also a concern in the educational establishment about the impact that changing practice might have on student performance. The problems of overburden and excessive private education have their roots in the problem of social inclusion, which is why this area of research is so important.
Interventions: An important focus of research is to understand the intervention approaches used. Online child counselling is often conducted face to face, but the contact may be too far for many parents. This could mean that parents are reluctant to make an intervention if they feel they are being judged. There is also a concern that face to face contact can actually exacerbate mental health issues.
What is needed is something that can facilitate communication across the gap between where parents are at in terms of understanding and wanting to achieve, and where a child or parent is at in terms of wanting to meet a particular goal. Parents may not be able to be in the same room with the counsellor, or the work session may not take place face to face. It’s important therefore that there is an understanding and flexibility about when these important child counselling sessions take place, and that people can get the help they need without fear of rejection or abandonment. All of this adds up to the fact that parents and counsellors should work very well together, with each helping the other to achieve the desired results.