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Counselling intervention for students with psychosocial problems

Quality level: 1


This is a school based counselling intervention aiming at preventing and addressing the problems of young people, thus acting as an intermediating factor for drug use prevention.

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children/young people
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Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, opiates, alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines, methamphetamines, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation
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Overall objective

To cope with adolescents' psychosocial problems that are detected in the school setting, as intermediate factors to drug use prevention.


The counselling intervention implemented by the Counselling Centre for Combating Drugs of the Prefecture of Ioannina (S.S.K.N.N.I) started as a part of a pilot project of health promotion that was directed to secondary school students. However, the implementation of the counselling intervention was established and expanded, as it was very well-accepted both by students and teachers (i.e. high attendance, requests for the implementation of the counselling intervention in more schools). The counselling intervention is being implemented each year since the school year 1999-2000. The counselling intervention aims at preventing and addressing the adolescents' psychosocial problems as these are detected in the school setting. The important role of a counselling intervention in schools is supported by the fact that students have a difficulty in approaching mental health services, either due to the lack of information about the mental health system, or due to prejudices against dealing with psychological problems. The students' requests for help mainly concerned the following issues: - improvement of self-esteem as well as personal development and decision making skills, - establishment of a positive attitude towards the self and others, and, in general, towards life, - improvement of interpersonal and family relationships as well as relations between the two sexes, - prevention of drug dependence - ways of helping drug users, - management of cases of mourning, of anxiety disorders and of depression (suicidal ideation and suicide attempts). The high attendance of the students in the programme indicated that there is a need for such services to exist within the school setting. The evaluation results suggest that the goals of the counselling intervention regarding the development of students' personal skills and social relationships were achieved to a great extent. The third objective is motivating students in seeking psychotherapy at specialized services when it is needed.

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