Dilemmas in School Counselling: The Case of Two Jerusalem Schools

By Tsfira Grebelsky-Lichtman, Yehuda Bar Shalom and Amira Bar Shalom.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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In this practice-oriented paper we will present the work of two unique, innovative schools in Jerusalem. One of the schools was created as an initiative by parents in a disadvantaged neighborhood who fought to establish an academically excellent school for their children. The other was created by the Association for Bilingual Learning in Israel, which promotes the establishment of Hebrew/Arabic educational institutions. In both cases, the school counselors need to operate in a multi-dimensional mode of concerns underlying conflict choice, taking into account gender, culture, social status, and social and cultural capital. The schools seem to operate within the context of a psycho-social approach to education, which enables staff members to see the students as operating in both the cognitive and affective domains, and to take into account the students’ cultural background. The motivations of the school counselors in these challenging environments demonstrate an integrated approach based on both concern for self and concern for other. This conflict-handling strategy delineates a synergic solution that efficiently integrates the dimensions of collaboration and cooperation.

Keywords: School Counseling, Multicultural Education, Psychosocial Approaches, Conflict-handling strategy

The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp.17-27. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: October 20, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 482.044KB)).

Tsfira Grebelsky-Lichtman

Lecturer, Department of Business Administration and School of Education, Ono Academic College, Qiryat Ono, Israel

Prof. Yehuda Bar Shalom

Lecturer, Education Department, The David Yellin College of Education, Jerusalem, Israel, Israel

Amira Bar Shalom

School Counsellor, Counselling Dept., Max Rayne Hand in Hand Jerusaelm School, Jerusalem, Israel, Israel