The School Guidance and Counselling Department delivers personal, social, educational and vocational guidance in a professional and effective manner. Ms Anne Malone works with 6th, 5th,3rd,2nd and 1st years & Ms Helen O Connor works with TY, and 1st years. We provide appropriate access to Guidance and Counselling, whilst balancing the needs of Junior and Senior cycle students. Ms Malone works as Guidance Counsellor to 6th, 5th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st years as they balance managing exams while making plans for the future. Ms O Connor offers student support to 1st years,and Transition Years and she also delivers the Reach + programme to TYs, along with Ms Catherine Neligan.
Guidance is provided in the following ways:
Career Guidance activities/events include the following:
Weekly classes sometimes in a computer room where we follow the Reach+ program.All TY Students participate in a one day a week work experience programme
All TY students participate in a social concern programmeAll TYs visit the MidWest Careers Fair in University of Limerick
All TY Students attend NUIGs ARTS Taster Day
Talk for parents on making effective subject choices for Leaving Certificate.
Module of classes to prepare students for choices post-Leaving Certificate.DATS (aptitude testing) is carried out at end of 3rd year or early in the first term.Each 5th year student receives at least one individual appointment with her Guidance Counsellor, feedback on DATS forms part of the focus of this meeting.All students attend career/course/college talks delivered by Third Level lecturers or school liaison officers, professionals and past pupils.In addition we bring all 5th years on a customised tour and talk to a local Industry.Higher Level Maths students are brought to Engineering Taster day in NUIG
Individual appointments are available as required. Depending on the needs of the student, referral to external agencies may be required and will be communicated to parents. Our confidentiality policy is communicated to all students in class and at their initial appointment.
We undertake to take all reasonable steps to ensure the confidentiality of information about any student in the course of our professional work. Normally, we do not need to share or reveal what they tell us except in the following circumstances:
The issue of limited confidentiality is explained to the girls in class when the guidance and counselling is introduced and again at the beginning of the first personal counselling session.
COUNSELLING Counselling is an interactive learning process between counsellor and student, whether individual or group, which approaches, in a holistic way, personal, educational and/or vocational issues. Moreover, the availability of a counselling service can support individual students inside/outside the classroom context, the pastoral and the disciplinary structures in the school. Competitiveness, bullying, social exclusion, family crisis, scholastic under-achievement, abuse, homophobia, peer pressure, substance mis-use and racism are some of the problems which can be assisted with the support of counselling.
It is essential that a counselling service within the school operates in collaboration with processes within the school, which promotes the wellbeing of the school, particularly pastoral and disciplinary teams. Working within the requirements of The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors Code of Ethics for legitimate practice, ensures that the service is properly supervised and monitored so that the student needs are prioritised and their rights protected. The service would be both reflective of, and in line with, the Dept. of Health and Children's National Guidelines for the protection and welfare of Children (2011), the Dept. of Education and Skills Guidelines on Child Protection and the Children First Act 2015.