The scene of the international school psychology conference. (Source: VNA)

Da Nang (VNA) – An international conference on school psychology opened in the central city of Da Nang on July 28, attracting the participation of over 300 scientists and school psychologists from the US, Australia and Vietnam.

More than 70 scientific reports from local and international school psychology experts presented during the two-day event focus on polices to develop school psychology in Vietnam and the world, the development of school psychology in kindergartens, primary, secondary and high schools, universities and vocational schools.

According to Ngu Duy Anh, Head of the Student Affairs Department under the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), the ministry has implemented a number of activities to make school psychology consultancy more professional.

A 2015 survey conducted by the ministry in a number of secondary and high schools and universities in Hanoi, Hai Duong, HCM City and Khanh Hoa showed that psychological consultancy for students faced a lot of difficulties due to the lack of facilities and staff.

He said the MoET will issue a circular guiding school psychology consultancy as a basis for schools to effectively implement the work.

Prof. Tracey G.Scherr from the US’s Wiscosin University said school psychology helps address many issues related to the development of students.

According to Dang Hoa Nam, Head of the Department of Child Care and Protection under the Ministry of Labours, War Invalids and Social Affairs, said from 2013 to 2015, the department’s child consultancy and support hotline received an average of 300,000 calls each year.-VNA