Extra pyschologists hired as schools face difficulties

More school psychologists are to be introduced this year to give teachers and parents help in dealing with problems ranging from bullying, handicap, family bereavement or even, given the school attack in the south of France, a terror incident.

All schools have access to a free psychology service which can be requested by any parent who feels their child would benefit from a consultation.

In primary schools, a psychologist is allocated to a network of schools and will travel between them, with one for every 1,600 to 2,000 pupils.

In secondary schools, the psychologist is called a Conseiller d’Orientation Psychologue, with one for every 1,400 pupils, but it is more difficult to have contact as they act as both career adviser and psychologist, with career advice being their main work.

Daniel Tramoni, vice-president of the Association Française des Psycho­logues de l’ ...

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