Counsellors' attitudes towards young people with disabilities how may we ensure equality of service delivery?

Year: 2005

Author: Parkinson, Gillian

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper explores the attitudes and conceptions held by trainee and practising counsellors towards young people with disabilities. Awareness of counsellors' own views of disability and impairment can complicate the counsellor-student relationship when the latter is seen primarily from a deficiency model perspective or self-defined model of disability, rather than as a young person in their own right. DET was introduced to 25 counsellors on a postgraduate training programme. Participants indicated that coverage of disability awareness and equality issues was vital if they were to reflect the principles of open access to counselling services for all, as set out in the Disability Discrimination Act Part III (1996; 1999). Benefits and implications of inclusion of this subject area in counsellor and teacher training and suggestions for content are considered in the light of the author's own experience of counselling as a disabled person.