CHILDREN + YOUNG PEOPLE
Meet the CYP Team – Laura Campbell, School Services Manager
Laura Campbell is a qualified counsellor and a School Services Manager for The Spark. Laura oversees the delivery of counselling for children and young people in schools across Scotland.
We sat down with Laura to find out a bit more about her role and what makes The Spark a trusted provider for schools and local authorities across the country.
Q. Tell us a bit about your role as School Services Manager with The Spark?
I believe the school services we provide at The Spark are vitally important. I’m excited about my role in helping to get pupil counselling and mental health support services into more schools and to support more children and young people.
Both myself and my fellow School Services Manager, Shirley Meade head up a team of qualified, dedicated, incredible counsellors. We are both counsellors and have worked in the team before, so we can really relate to the work that is carried out on a daily basis.
That experience means we’re completely familiar with the support The Spark offers and the operational needs of the services we provide to Scottish schools.
Q. What has made The Spark such a trusted partner of schools and education authorities across Scotland?
I believe it’s the dedication of everyone involved to provide the best service possible. As all our Counsellors are experienced and fully qualified, we know that they are all delivering a professional service and schools can completely trust their expertise.
We also provide detailed reports to our schools and local authorities that highlight the many positive changes as a result of counselling. As well as being a very practical tool for schools, it further demonstrates The Spark’s commitment to offering the best service we can.
Q. How do The Spark’s school services differ from other options like listening services or drop-in sessions?
Listening services and drop-in sessions can be beneficial, particularly in times of crisis. However, what we offer is an opportunity for greater depth and exploration of the issues troubling pupils. Regular and consistent sessions with a counsellor are a far more effective way of helping children reach a long-term solution.
Building trust and a therapeutic relationship are so important within our sessions but that can take time and patience. When both are achieved, the work that can be done with children and young people can make a positive and lasting difference to how they see themselves, and their place in the world.
Children and Young People Counselling and Mental Health Services
The Spark provides a wide range of counselling and support interventions in Scottish schools for Primary age and Secondary age pupils. We also provide individual counselling and support for children and young people who are not supported through their school.
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