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School social work practice with Newly Arrived Young Migrants - at the Interface Between Counseling and Therapy
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9458-5489
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7616-9644
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5232-2525
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Background: Young migrants can be described as a vulnerable group with trauma and exposure to violence as a frequently occurring part of their life story and migration process. The need for professional counselling in this group is extensive. A profession that many young migrants meet is school counselors. This study aims to gain a deeper understanding of school social work practice with newly arrived young migrants. The research question is how school counselors’ reason regarding their role and responsibility in relation to counselling young migrants.

Method: The study is based on qualitative interviews with 15 school counselors who meet newly arrived young migrants daily. The interviews have been analyzed using a qualitative thematic analysis.

Findings: The delimitation of what counselling lies within the school counselor's responsibility, is not clear. The fact that school counselors experience that other parts of the welfare system are not available for young migrants force them to go beyond what they describe as a part of their professional responsibility and carry out therapeutic counselling. The school counselors use different tools and methods in their counselling and mix them based on their own area of interest, education, and experience.

Conclusion: The accessibility that newly arrived young migrants have to the school counselor creates a role as the “only” professional available to support with counselling. This means that the school counselors need to go outside their professional domain. The school counselor’s discretion in relation to the type of counselling and how it is conducted appears to be unlimited.

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2023.
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-51103OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-51103DiVA, id: diva2:1776666
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FORSA/NASSW 2023 Conference, Social work in changing times: Challenges and new opportunities, Bodø, Norway, June 14-16, 2023
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The Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support AuthorityAvailable from: 2023-06-28 Created: 2023-06-28 Last updated: 2023-06-28Bibliographically approved

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Eriksson, HelenaHelmersson, SaraHögdin, Sara

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