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Spindeln i nätet - om skolkuratorers roll i mötet med självskadande ungdomar

Ottenborg, Johanna LU and Sjöström, Viktor LU (2014) SOPA63 20132
School of Social Work
Abstract
Abstract
Authors: Johanna Ottenborg och Viktor Sjöström
Title: The spider in the web – school counselors role in the meeting with self-harming adolescents
Supervisor: Malin Arvidson
According to the new regulations in the Swedish Education Act, all students should have access to a school counselor. Schools are a workplace where mainly teachers work and where education is the prevailing approach. This means that school counselors who are social workers are alone in their profession and find themselves at the teachers' arena. Schools as organizations can therefore be considered specialized despite the fact that other professions with other approaches work within the organization. Schools are also fragmented organizations where... (More)
Abstract
Authors: Johanna Ottenborg och Viktor Sjöström
Title: The spider in the web – school counselors role in the meeting with self-harming adolescents
Supervisor: Malin Arvidson
According to the new regulations in the Swedish Education Act, all students should have access to a school counselor. Schools are a workplace where mainly teachers work and where education is the prevailing approach. This means that school counselors who are social workers are alone in their profession and find themselves at the teachers' arena. Schools as organizations can therefore be considered specialized despite the fact that other professions with other approaches work within the organization. Schools are also fragmented organizations where different professions are working together and have partly different assignments. The aim of this study is to find out and see what role school counselors have in working with self-harming adolescents. That way we can illustrate school counselors’ complex position in their work within and outside the school's fragmented and specialized organization. We conducted seven interviews with school counselors at five middle schools and two high schools around Skåne. The interviews were semi-structured and the respondents were asked to answer questions based on themes aimed at our questions at issue. The school counselors were asked the same questions and our aim was to capture the differences and similarities in their answers. We used the structural perspective in organizational theory and the human element theory to understand and explain the empirical data and our results. School counselors consider their role in the meeting with self-harming adolescents is to recognize the problem, pass them on to specialized help and integrates various units within and outside the school in collaboration on self-harming adolescents. It is also of great importance that the school counselors maintain their approach to ensure that their expertise is visible at the school when they are alone in their profession within the organization. This implies that the school counselors have an important role in the school's fragmented and specialized organizational landscape as the interconnecting and integrating individual in the work with self-harming adolescents.
Keywords: School counselors’, professional role, self-harm, collaboration, structural perspective (Less)
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Ottenborg, Johanna LU and Sjöström, Viktor LU
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SOPA63 20132
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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collaboration, self-harm, School counselors, professional role, structural perspective
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Swedish
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Examiner: Hans-Edvard Roos
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4253641
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Authors: Johanna Ottenborg och Viktor Sjöström 
Title: The spider in the web – school counselors role in the meeting with self-harming adolescents 
Supervisor: Malin Arvidson 
According to the new regulations in the Swedish Education Act, all students should have access to a school counselor. Schools are a workplace where mainly teachers work and where education is the prevailing approach. This means that school counselors who are social workers are alone in their profession and find themselves at the teachers' arena. Schools as organizations can therefore be considered specialized despite the fact that other professions with other approaches work within the organization. Schools are also fragmented organizations where different professions are working together and have partly different assignments. The aim of this study is to find out and see what role school counselors have in working with self-harming adolescents. That way we can illustrate school counselors’ complex position in their work within and outside the school's fragmented and specialized organization. We conducted seven interviews with school counselors at five middle schools and two high schools around Skåne. The interviews were semi-structured and the respondents were asked to answer questions based on themes aimed at our questions at issue. The school counselors were asked the same questions and our aim was to capture the differences and similarities in their answers. We used the structural perspective in organizational theory and the human element theory to understand and explain the empirical data and our results. School counselors consider their role in the meeting with self-harming adolescents is to recognize the problem, pass them on to specialized help and integrates various units within and outside the school in collaboration on self-harming adolescents. It is also of great importance that the school counselors maintain their approach to ensure that their expertise is visible at the school when they are alone in their profession within the organization. This implies that the school counselors have an important role in the school's fragmented and specialized organizational landscape as the interconnecting and integrating individual in the work with self-harming adolescents.
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