The development of a randomised controlled trial to assess the efficacy of counselling in schools

Mick Cooper, Susan Pattison, Kaye Richards, Karen Cromarty

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Mental health problems in young people are increasing, with one in ten in the UK now experiencing a diagnosable mental health problem. A growing body of evidence suggests that school-based counselling services may make a significant contribution to the amelioration of such difficulties (see Cooper, 2004; 2006), but this has yet to be evaluated through the 'gold standard' of empirical inquiry: the randomised controlled trial (RCT). This paper presents a report on the first stages of the development of a pilot for such an RCT.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2009
EventBACP's 15th Annual Research conference - Marriott Hotel, Portsmouth, in association with The University of Portsmouth
Duration: 15 May 200916 May 2009


ConferenceBACP's 15th Annual Research conference
CityMarriott Hotel, Portsmouth, in association with The University of Portsmouth


  • counselling in schools
  • randomised controlled trial
  • efficacy of counselling
  • person-centred counselling
  • children and young people

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