Child and adolescent mental health services/family consultation centres A counsellor or other professional offering counselling in a Child and Family Consultation Centre is in a different position from one in a school. As part of the multi-disciplinary provision the counselling would be one of a wide range of interventions available to families. Children are likely to have an assessment as a separate venture, often by other professionals, and then referred to counselling where this is seen as appropriate. The counsellor is therefore not the front-line provider as in a school, so we may have more control over the referral criteria and be more active in the thinking about which kind of cases are taken on. Mental health and psychological treatment are the core preoccupations of the agency, unlike in a school, and so the counselling is situated very differently within the agency and in relation to its primary task.
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