Why do parents need to be involved in the counselling process?

Written by Tina Myrteza

January 31, 2022

Parenting in today’s climate is becoming increasingly challenging as parents navigate the school system. In the last few years, parents have had the additional pressure of being their child’s teacher as they have had to learn to homeschool as well as hold down their own jobs. As we learn to live with Covid we have also had to learn to adjust to a ‘new normal’ within our families.

Talking to a counsellor who is a parent and educator themselves, offers parents a sense of understanding that they are sharing their concerns with someone who has ‘walked in their steps’. Carl R Rogers, American Psychologist and founder of the humanistic approach once stated, “The degree to which I can create relationships, which facilitate the growth of others as separate persons, is a measure of the growth I have achieved in myself.” Roger’s statement holds merit, as a counsellor with a shared background and an understanding of the education system is going to offer practical, relatable therapy that specifically applies to what a parent is experiencing.

Effective counselling will provide a parent with an insight into what their child is facing in the context of a school setting. It will also equip parents with the right tools and language to help them engage with their child’s school in a positive way that will ultimately help them to achieve the best outcome for their child. ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ and working in partnership with your child’s school is the most effective way to support your child and their education needs in the long term.

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