Psychologist at school: why it matters and what children think about it

A school psychologist to provide concrete support to all students. In summary, this is the bill that was passed last SeptemberHonor Emilio Carelli, Deputies of Coraggio Italy. The goal would be to guarantee stable presence by a psychologist in all educational institutions, as a key figure support students, accompany them on their path of growth and training, to interrupt all situations of recognition but also of Prevent bullying and cyberbullying, increasingly widespread. Not only that, the legal text, the function of the permanent psychologist in the school also those of creating a bridge between the family and the schools and not least of Teacher support also to overcome any relational difficulties that may arise in the classroom and between teachers and students.

What do the experts think and how would this news be received by the children?

The question was at the heart of A school psychologist, an investment in the futureEvent organized by the student community SchoulZooin which, among others, the same deputy spoke Emilio Carellithe president of the National Association of Deans Antonello Giannelli, the president of the National Council of Psychologists David Lazzari and, of course, a special “delegation” of young people.

“School psychology has not only the function of marking disorders that require therapy – emphasizes the President of the National Council of Psychologists David Lazzari – but also those of prevention and listening. Do Mission by the psychologist at school you must promote the development of life skills to support young people in their education ”.

Antonello Giannelli shares the same opinion, President of the National Association of Deans emphasizing how building the figure of the school psychologist can also be useful in promoting an important change, the transition “from a school where you go only to learn concepts and a school that educates“.

In Italy, in contrast to other European countries, for a long time the tendency to interpret the intervention of a psychologist almost exclusively from a perspective, without framing this possibility in a preventive perspective and in the promotion of well-being is quite widespread .. Things have changed in part with the pandemic: DAD and limited sociality, as it is now born, have important Impact on the mental health of children and they have shifted attention to the need for the most young to receive psychological support.

Psychologist at school: what do children think?

On paper, therefore, and based on the opinion of “insiders”, the benefits of a permanent psychologist in school would be many, even in view of the difficult Period experienced by young people during the pandemic. But what do the people directly affected think are the boys?

The first answer was given last November Survey Results on mental health launched by the The Bullone Foundation and of SchoulZoo. According to the survey, which involved a thousand boys and girls up to 22 years old on social media, the introduction of the psychologist figure in students’ schools was welcomed. Specifically, the 75% of young people involved in the survey thinks that you Permanent presence of a psychologist at school is very important. In fact, many young people complain that in the current situation, the opportunity to talk to a psychologist at school is actually denied for a few hours and almost always in the morning, an aspect that raises another delicate question. In fact, the survey also shows the fear, quite prevalent among the young people associated with the social stigma: the 33% of students, specifically, would go to the psychologist but are afraid to judgeduring the 16% would not go there because of embarrassment.

An obstacle that could be overcome with the introduction of a school psychologist. The permanent presence of a professional in the school could actually be used to help children and overcoming the taboo associated with an important issue like mental health: relying on an ever-present professional would also serve to “normalize” this kind of experience, which, as the experts emphasize, not only in terms of treating a pathology, but also and above all how Opportunities for discussion and growth.

During the event organized by ScuolaZoo they were various student testimoniesI exposed those like the school could do a lot in terms of the full well-being of the children and how the figure of the psychologist in the institutions can constitute an important resource, not only to deal with uncomfortable situations, but also and above all to react to an essential need of the youth: that of be heard.

“I suffered from eating disorders – says Elisa – but I was lucky enough to be helped at school because the teachers were able to comprehend my discomfort, it is not always the case.” The testimony of Alessia which tells how his problems got worse with the pandemic and how during that time the school played a fundamental role by setting up an online psychological help desk. “The initiative was a great success – says the girl – even though the hours were too short to meet everyone’s demands. But it was also an important step and above all to advance a concept that really interests us, namely that “We are not going crazy with the psychologist”“.

What is currently only a bill seems to actually bring adults and children together and take a first step towards the culture of listening which can make a difference, especially today at school.

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