School Counsellors’ Knowledge of Depression among Senior High School Students in Sekondi-Takoradi
AbstractThis study sought to examine the school counsellors’ knowledge of depression among senior high school students in Sekondi- Takoradi Metropolis. The study was a descriptive survey that adopted the positivist paradigm. The population for the study was 80 trained school counsellors in the metropolis. Census sampling technique was used in selecting the 80 trained school counsellors. Structured questionnaire was used to collect the data. Descriptive statistics of frequency counts and percentages were used to analyse the data. The study revealed that school counsellors have insufficient knowledge with regard to identification, assessment and intervention as well as referring students who are possibly experiencing depressive symptoms to the appropriate professionals. Based on the findings, it is therefore recommended that school counsellors’ training programmes in the universities and other training institutions should include comprehensive training of counsellors on mental health disorders and use of therapeutic testing and assessment inventories during their training to provide counsellors with the requisites knowledge with regard to the identification, assessment and intervention of mental health school related disorders.
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