The booklet, which defines counselling and suggests best practice, has been welcomed as an invaluable tool for busy teachers.
* With a number of promoted guidance teachers removed in August under the post-McCrone deal, professional counsellors are expected to help fill the gap.
* Most education authorities provide help either through support staff or referral to psychological services. Individual schools, such as James Gillespie's in Edinburgh, may have a trained counsellor on their teaching staff but Aberdeen is the first authority to appoint a full-time counsellor attached to a school cluster.
* Early intervention is regarded as the key to success.
* For further information on counselling in schools, see the website for the BACP, www.bacp.co.uk or Counselling in Education, www.cie.uk.com