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, these include Personal, Social, Educational and Vocational education and development.
Guidance Counsellors, Mary Horan and Maggie Quain, 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 caare 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 extra- curricular.
Educational Guidance focuses on the skills required to be an effective student and includes subject choice, study skills, examination performance and personal management.
Vocational Preparation aims to prepare Senior Cycle students to make discerning choices for their future. It includes classes, aptitude tests, open days, careers seminars, talks for parents as well guest speakers.
We are also involved in other areas important to student development and 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.