Condition category
Mental and Behavioural Disorders
Date applied
22/12/2009
Date assigned
22/02/2010
Last edited
12/07/2013
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Not provided at time of registration

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Ms Katherine McArthur

ORCID ID

Contact details

University of Strathclyde
76 Southbrae Drive
Glasgow
G13 1PP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)141 950 3143
katherine.mcarthur@strath.ac.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

UEC0809/19

Study information

Scientific title

Efficacy of humanistic counselling in schools for emotional wellbeing: a pilot randomised controlled trial

Acronym

SCOOLS II

Study hypothesis

For young people (13 - 18 years old) experiencing psychological distress, weekly counselling will be more effective than waiting list conditions.

Ethics approval

University of Strathclyde Ethics Committee approved on the 9th December 2009

Study design

Single centre randomised controlled pilot study

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Other

Trial type

Treatment

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet

Condition

Emotional wellbeing

Intervention

Counselling:
Young people will be offered weekly counselling for up to one school term. The nature of the counselling is therapeutic rather than advice- or career-orientated, and is based on the competences for humanistic psychological therapies developed at University College London through funding from Skills for Health. Counselling, defined in this way, puts particular emphasis on the development of a trusting relationship between the therapist and client, and tries to understand the client's 'world' from their point of view. Counsellors are BACP accredited practitioners or equivalent, working within a set of professional ethical guidelines for counselling and psychotherapy. They have experience of working in humanistic ways with young people. A selection of session recordings will be audited by the research team to monitor adherence to humanistic psychological therapy competences.

Waiting list:
Young people allocated to the control condition will not be offered any formal counselling intervention for the school term. However, they will be informed that they can access the school's full pastoral care provision at any point during the trial. At the endpoint assessment, participants in the waiting list condition will be offered the option of direct entry to counselling in the following school term.

Follow-up assessments on both arms will be in the middle of the school term (approximately 5 - 6 weeks after baseline assessment) and at the end of the school term (approximately 10 - 12 weeks after baseline assessment).

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Current information as of 23/03/2010:
Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation for Young People (YP-CORE), measured at baseline, midpoint and endpoint.

Initial information at time of registration:
Emotional Symptom Score on SDQ (SDQ-ES), measured at baseline, midpoint and endpoint.

Secondary outcome measures

Amendments as of 23/03/2010:
As of the above date, point 2 of the secondary outcomes measures has been changed to the following (all timepoints remain the same):
2. Emotional Symptom Score on SDQ (SDQ-ES)

Initial information at time of registration:
Measured at baseline, midpoint and endpoint:
1. Total Difficulties Score on SDQ (SDQ-TD)
2. Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation for Young People (YP-CORE)
3. Self-Esteem (SEQ)
4. Experience of Service Questionnaire (ESQ)
5. Self-rated change (goal-based outcomes)
6. Adapted Change Interview (for clients)
7. Adapted Change Interview (for waitlist)

Overall trial start date

11/01/2010

Overall trial end date

30/06/2010

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. Aged 13 to 18 years, either sex
2. Experiencing borderline or abnormally high levels of emotional distress, as indicated by a score of 5 or above on the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) Emotional Symptoms Subscale at assessment
3. Motivated to attend counselling, as indicated at assessment
4. Capable of consenting to participate in research, as indicated by a member of the pastoral care team
5. Greater than 85 per cent attendance at school, as indicated by a member of the pastoral care team

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Child

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

10

Participant exclusion criteria

1. Risk of significant harm to self or other, as indicated by a member of the pastoral care team and the researcher at assessment
2. Involvement with other child and young people mental health agencies as indicated by a member of the pastoral care team and/or the young person at assessment
3. Planning/likely to move school during period of study, as indicated by a member of the pastoral care team and/or the young person at assessment

Recruitment start date

11/01/2010

Recruitment end date

30/06/2010

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

University of Strathclyde
Glasgow
G13 1PP
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

University of Strathclyde (UK)

Sponsor details

76 Southbrae Drive
Glasgow
G13 1PP
United Kingdom
sarah.currie@strath.ac.uk

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

http://www.strath.ac.uk

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Trust (UK)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

2013 results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23046314

Publication citations

  1. Results

    McArthur K, Cooper M, Berdondini L, School-based humanistic counseling for psychological distress in young people: pilot randomized controlled trial., Psychother Res, 2013, 23, 3, 355-365, doi: 10.1080/10503307.2012.726750.

Additional files

Editorial Notes