Power in the Counsellor's Office: Who has it?

An analysis of several YA novels of mental illness

Research output: Other contribution to conferencePresentation only

Abstract

The mental health of adolescents worldwide is considered the “leading cause of disability among young people” (Muir et al., 2009, p. 96) and is of continuing concern to policy-makers, health institutions, individuals and families alike. It is generally understood that school counsellors are one of the first in the line of assistance available to teens with mental health issues. This raises questions around effectiveness of these interactions, which can be explored through representations of school and private counsellors in Young Adult novels. Through close readings of several texts, the research draws out themes and puts together one reader’s interpretation of the effectiveness of these interactions in relation to fiction and how they may provide lessons or insights for the real world.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2016
Event2016 Biennial Conference of the Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research - Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia
Duration: 12 Jul 201614 Jul 2016
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Conference2016 Biennial Conference of the Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research
Abbreviated titleShifting Landscapes: Diversity, Text, Young People
CountryAustralia
CityWagga Wagga
Period12/07/1614/07/16
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Shephard, M. (2016). Power in the Counsellor's Office: Who has it? An analysis of several YA novels of mental illness. Paper presented at 2016 Biennial Conference of the Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research, Wagga Wagga, Australia.
Shephard, Monique. / Power in the Counsellor's Office: Who has it? An analysis of several YA novels of mental illness. Paper presented at 2016 Biennial Conference of the Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research, Wagga Wagga, Australia.
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