Alexander Digiacomo is a School Counsellor with a background in teaching. He holds three Masters titles and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education. He recently published a paper in a Cambridge Journal that explores the lived experiences of School Counsellors. He is interested in student wellbeing and how schools can work collaboratively to help students in need. There are two philosophies that guide his practice: it takes a village to raise a child and behaviour can be communication.
2021 SCAP Presentation: An investigation into the experiences of school counsellors working with adolescents
Currently, Australia’s school counsellors are increasingly being called upon to respond to adolescent mental health needs. Through semistructured interviews with seven school counsellors working with adolescents, this qualitative study aimed to capture the lived experiences of this group of practitioners. By adopting a phenomenological approach and using thematic analysis, this study provides insight into their profession: the current ambiguity surrounding their role; the opportunities and obstacles they face; as well as the often-present tension between stakeholders including parents, other school staff and external agencies. The findings of this study indicate that school counsellors are challenged by the need to be advocates not only for their students but also for themselves and their roles within the school context.