Counselling Cell

“WE NURTURE AND DEVELOP THE BEST QUALITIES IN EACH OF OUR STUDENTS”

 Key Definition

Guidance and Counselling is the service offered to the individual who is undergoing a problem and needs professional help to overcome it. The problem keeps him disturbed high strung and under tension and unless solved his development is hampered or stunted. According to Willey and Andrew Counseling involves two individuals one seeking help and other a professionally trained person helped solved problems to orient and direct him to words goals.

Mission

“WE NURTURE AND DEVELOP THE BEST QUALITIES IN EACH OF OUR STUDENTS”

Aims and Objectives

Our school values each student individually. We recognize the growth of each person socially, spiritually, morally and intellectually within the school community. We endeavour to nurture and support the development of each student in our care, through a comprehensive Guidance and Counselling program. To compliment the program, we offer one-to-one guidance and counselling on request or by referral, to all.

  • We aim to equip students with lifelong skills toward independent functioning. We aim to support each student in the key transitions. We aim to develop the student’s interpersonal skills and increase their awareness of the diversity of the needs, views and belief of others.
  • The counselling and guidance program is set out to reflect the needs of the students at all stages of their school life.
  • The counselling and guidance program sets out to identify the needs of each specific phase and design a program which meets those needs.   It sets out to be accessible, student-centred, inclusive and responsive.
  • It sets out to assist students to make choices and to make transitions in the educational, social and personal aspects of their lives.
  • It sets out to provide the following: counselling, assessment, information, advice, educational development programs, personal and social development programs and referral.

Other activities that support the aims of the school Counselling and guidance programs would include consultation with parents, school staff and students, feedback on the needs of individual students to those concerned, networking with relevant agencies and individuals and managing to organize and coordinating Counselling and guidance activities into a coherent program.

Key Persons Involved Within The School:

  • The School Counselor
  • Class Teacher / Subject Teachers 
  • Supervisor
  • Principal
  • Headmistress
  • Asst. Headmistress
  • Special Educators      

Counselling and Guidance provision is an integral part of all aspects of school life.  All staff have a part to play, Student has the freedom to seek help from any of the above key persons.  All guidance and counselling should be in consultation with the School Counsellor and appropriate records retained by the School Counsellor.

Scope of the Counselling and Guidance Program

Educational Counselling:

  • Know the value of education.
  • Study skills and techniques
  • Exam anxiety
  • Handling typical school and classroom stressor
  • Educational planning and personal organization
  • Liaise with the teachers to identify students requiring further attention.
  • Advice on dropping and/or changing a subject
  • Educator or school staff conflicts with students

Career Counselling

  • Advisory on upcoming educational choices

Personal Counselling:

  • Pastoral care (support people in their pain, loss and anxiety, and their triumphs, joys and victories)
  • Relationships and sexuality education
  • Substance misuse policy
  • Anti-bullying Policy
  • Critical Incident Policy
  • Discipline
  • Puberty or personal growth concerns
  • Home life issues, abuse, neglect

Role of Counsellor

  • The School Counsellor and Career Counsellor is the central person responsible for the continuous developmental counselling guidance process.
  • Educational counselling, Career counselling and Personal Counselling.
  • Individual meetings with students are conducted and recorded.
  • The counsellor relates to school management through meeting the Principal, Headmistress on matters affecting the planning of the school’s provision of personal, career and educational counselling, as well as on matters affecting individual students requiring intervention. The counsellor also relates to Supervisors, Special Needs educators, Subject teachers and parents as appropriate.
  • The career counsellor has a role in informing the school management and staff of the operation of the guidance department, in contributing to the development and evaluation of appropriate program, in administering tests and interpreting their results, in managing information, in administering the guidance service and in liaison with referral agencies and professionals outside the school.
  • Students and parents are free to request a consultation with the counsellor.
  • The counsellor also initiates consultations with pupils, teachers and parents when particular circumstances arise indicating that a pupil may be in need of counselling on a personal issue which impinges on their school life.

Consultation And Referral

  • No extra cost for counselling services in school. Career testing will have minimal charges.
  • If any member of staff is concerned about a student they must refer the information immediately to the School Counsellor. Any change in behaviour must be taken seriously and be responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  • At the beginning of the counselling contract students are always informed that what is said in the counselling session is confidential between the counsellor and the student UNLESS the counsellor feels there is a danger to themselves (including eating disorders) or anyone else.
  • Confidentiality will not apply in the case of abuse (Child Protection Guidelines definition applies here).
  • Individual meetings with students are conducted and recorded.
  • A referral service is also available for any student requiring external support.

Guidelines for the Department

  • Always working in an open environment, avoiding private or unobserved situations and encouraging open communication.
  • Treating all young people equally with respect and dignity
  • Always putting the welfare of each young person first
  • Building balanced relationships based on mutual trust and empowering students to share in decision making.
  • Practices within the boundaries of individual professional competence
  • Adheres to ethical standards of the profession. Maintains confidentiality of the students, staff and parents at all times- including the protection of personal information and record keeping
  • Maintains professional competence through educational, consultation and training experiences to improve awareness, knowledge, skills and effectiveness
  • Informs students, teachers and parents of the purposes, processes and goals of counselling at or before the time when the counselling relationship is entered
  • Will develop and maintain consistent and clear lines of communication with parents/guardians

Codes Of Practice

  • Each student is seen as a valuable member of his/her community and is treated with dignity and respect
  • Every opportunity is granted for students to be empowered and encouraged to grow in an environment of compassion and equality
  • All students’ ethnic and cultural diversity is considered in the design and delivery of school counselling services
  • Counselling policies and procedures will be followed in order to serve the students best interests

Confidentiality

is key to the process of counselling and as such will be respected and maintained by all students and staff.

Counselling folder/paperwork

All counselling related records are kept in a secure and private location. Access is granted to the Principal and Counsellor. Each case referred to the counsellor is recorded and treated with confidentiality. Counselling records are kept separately from school records unless noted otherwise by school policy.

Parental consent/ access to counselling records

 Parents and guardians of students of grades 1-7 will be notified if the counsellor is to provide individual/group counselling for their child. Counselling is voluntary and parents/guardians reserve the right to consent to or decline counselling services for their child. Parents will not be granted access to counselling records, which are considered the property of the counsellor/school. Parents/guardians of all students will be notified immediately if there is any concern regarding the safety of their child.