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

Cooper, Mick and Pattison, Susan and Richards, Kaye and Cromarty, Karen (2009) The development of a randomised controlled trial to assess the efficacy of counselling in schools. In: BACP's 15th Annual Research conference, 2009-05-15 - 2009-05-16. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

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.