A Qualitative Study of School Counseling in Barbados: A Focused Ethnography

Dominiqua M. Griffin, Julia Bryan

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This qualitative study examines the roles, practices, challenges and demands of school counselors (known as guidance counsellors) in Barbados. A focused ethnographic approach is used to provide a comprehensive and nuanced view of five school counselors’ experiences. Using thematic analysis (Braun & Clarke, 2006) to code and analyze the data from the interviews led to three overarching themes: the 3Rs (Roles, Responsibilities and Requirements); Problematizing the Policies, Politics and Culture; and School Family Community Contexts. This study’s findings have implications for school counselor practice, policy, and training in Barbados and other small states, especially those with a colonial history, as they develop and implement school counseling programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)424-445
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal for the Advancement of Counselling
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)


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