Welcome to the Mount Mercy Guidance and Counselling Department.
Guidance & Counselling helps people to manage their life choices so that they reach their full potential and make a positive contribution to society.It is a whole school activity involving all areas and disciplines.
However, Guidance Counsellors, because of their specialist training, have a formal role in each of the main areas of guidance, Personal, Social, Educational and Vocational development.It is important to realise that choosing your subject options
Guidance Counsellors, Mary Horan and Martina Downes, focus mainly on the following areas:
Personal Counselling: helping students explore their own thoughts and feelings and the choices open to them, in an atmosphere of care and support.
Typical issues include relationships with friends and family, anxiety, unhealthy behaviours, bullying and the many challenges of growing up. Teachers or parents may refer the students or they may self-refer.
Personal and Social Development is faciliated through SPHE classes but is also a thread running through the entire school experience both curricular and extre curricular.
Educational Guidance focuses on the skills required to be an effective student and includes study skills, examination performance and personal management. It is covered through the SPHE programme and Guidance modules. It includes study skills seminars with outside professionals and talks for parents.
Vocational Preparation aims to prepare Senior Cycle students to make discerning choices for further education or work. It includes classes, aptitude tests, open days, careers seminars, talks for parents, external speakers as well as individual interviews with students for subject choice and future planning.
We are also involved in other areas important to student development: liasing with Primary Schools, Orientation for First Years and maintaining a Guidance Library. We work closely with School Management, Year Heads, Class teachers and the Resource Department as well as being part of the Student Care Team.
We maintain contact with outside agencies such as NEPS, the National Educational Psychology Service, and CAMHS, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.