While school is often stressful for many children, the reasons may vary. A high achieving student may feel a great deal of pressure and anxiety surrounding their performance and grades. Other students may be struggling to keep up with work or pass a class due to learning issues, poor concentration, organizational and time management difficulties or due to depression. Sometimes the issues involve trouble navigating the often complex social and organizational structures within the school setting.
The treatment strategies for school issues begins by identifying what the client’s goals are for not only school success, but also for their general health and mental wellness as it relates to school.
Often when working on school issues the counselor will assess the client’s ability to focus and go over strategies for maintaining concentration, study habits and organizational skills. To address issues with peers, clients talk through their perception of the social scene at school and plan how and when to use different strategies.