When Counseling and Education Intertwine: Using Spelling Lessons as a Motivational Tool During Counseling in Detention Center – A Case Study (75619)

Session Information: Counselling, Guidance & Adjustment in Education
Session Chair: Ching Ting Tany Kwee

Saturday, 25 November 2023 16:35
Session: Session 4
Room: Room F (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

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Purpose: In this study, we investigated to what extent education could be applied as a motivational tool along with individual counseling. We incorporated spelling lessons during counseling sessions and observed its association to the youth’s behavioral change.

Method: Our subject was an illiterate youth with aggressive behaviors. He received two 45-minute counseling sessions. We then customized a one-on-one curriculum on basic spelling. He attended 2-hour sessions thrice weekly. His improvement was measured through staff reports on peer interactions and his behavior.

Results: Initial assessments showed that his behavioral problems rooted from being constantly taunted for his illiteracy, resulting in his low self-esteem. We designed a spelling curriculum to instruct basic writing, while affirming his progressing performance (without evaluation). We demonstrated the benefits of this curriculum by asking him to read words off the wall. After the first week, he became an enthusiastic learner, and started to understand words around the facility he couldn’t comprehend before. During the two months of this curriculum, staff reported improvements in his interactions with peers; he showed greater pride in his literacy progress, and better relationships with friends through homework assistance. Staff reports on his aggressive behaviors and quarrels declined by 75% (from twice a week to monthly on average ). After counseling sessions terminated, staff reported that his aggressive behaviors relapsed to generally once a week.

Conclusion: Psychological counseling and education could be used alongside each other to counter complex learning obstacles. Establishing a more sustainable curriculum with long-term influence should be further investigated.

Suchakrey Koomplee, Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection, Thailand
Somnuck Uansri, Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection, Thailand

About the Presenter(s)
Suchakrey Koomplee is a psychologist and researcher in the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection, Thailand. He's been working on improving the physical and mental health of the at-risk youths using a multidisciplinary approach.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00