The toolkit provides guidance on how to use the questionnaire and the counselling profile tool.
The Risiko Check questionnaire is to be administered to the cohort of first grade students in the beginning of the school year; at least one month after the school has started. The data should be anonymous so the participants are assigned code numbers which only the school counsellor has access to and can match with the students. Before answering the questionnaire the students are informed of the purpose and content of the questionnaire and asked if they want to participate.
Based on the questionnaire results, the counsellor identifies the learners with high score and offers those students an interview. He/she shows the report to the student so they can analyse the results together and find out possible solutions if necessary. At least two meetings should be planned with the student.
In the first counselling session the counsellor collects information by using the cluster structure and, if necessary, plans other sessions in order to gather further information. It uses the technique of ‘The Storied Approach’ where the counsellor asks questions that motivate the individual to share short moments in his/her life. The aim is to share positive past experiences. The counsellor maps (draws) on a piece of paper the individual’s experiences and the connections with others in his/her life.
When the counsellor believes that they have gathered enough information, he/she schedules the final session with the individual. In the final session, they plan some future steps together in order to better meet the needs of the individual.