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Guidance and counselling refers to a range of learning experiences provided in a developmental sequence, designed to assist students to make choices about their lives and to make transitions to these choices.
These choices may be categorised into three distinct but interlinked areas:
- Personal and social
Ms Catherine Crawford is the Guidance Counsellor in Mulroy College. If you have any queries you can contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidance activities that assist students make informed choices include:
- Personal counselling
- Career information e.g. (career classes, personal vocational guidance interviews, attendance at career events)
- Use of information technology eg. Qualifax/Studentfinance/ Careers Portal
- Personal and social developmental programmes
- Counselling is a key part of the school guidance programme and it may include personal counselling, educational counselling, career counselling or combinations of these.
School Mission Statement
Mulroy College embodies mutual respect, in a caring environment, while enabling students to achieve personal success and to move with confidence into a world of endless opportunities.
In achieving this, the Guidance Counsellor plays an important part in the areas of counselling and guidance as well as involvement in the Pastoral Care programme.
The Aims of the Guidance Counselling Service
The Guidance Counselling Service is seen as having a central role in the continuous developmental guidance process of each individual student. It contributes to the preparation of pupils for a life of autonomous well being and in so doing to respect the dignity of the individual and to respect the right to choose how he/she wishes to be in the world.
- To assist pupils in decision making and following through on such decision making, relating to all aspects of their lives, especially decisions relating to education, in their interactions with others and in thier career choice.
- To promote knowledge, understanding, awareness and acceptance of self and others.
- To oversee and promote progragrammes within the school that contribute to the personal and social enrichment of pupils.
- To identify and explore opportunities and encourage independence and taking responsibility for themselves.
Framework for achieving objectives
The students’ needs on which the school guidance and counselling service is based can be grouped under three headings: educational needs, vocational needs and personal needs.
Education guidance and counselling refers to assisting students to find the information and develop the skills and attitudes necessary to get maximum benefit from their time in school. Students are given the support necessary to cope with education related problems as they arise, e.g. Problems with study, examination stress, subject choice, etc.
Vocational guidance and counselling refers to assisting students to find the information and develop the skills and attitudes necessary to explore and clarify career possibilities, to set attainable career goals, to make informed decisions and to take the necessary practical steps to implement these decisions.
Personal guidance and counselling refers to assisting students to find the information and develop the skills and attitudes necessary to cope successfully with their personal and social relationships both inside and outside school.