Guidance and Counselling Service at Meanscoil Muire gan Smal, Ros Comain
A guidance and counselling service is available at Meanscoil Muire gan Smal for all students from first year through to sixth year. All students have access to individual meetings with the Guidance Counsellor for career and educational guidance as well as personal counselling. Classroom guidance is offered at Senior Cycle and is delivered to class groups weekly, e.g. Transition Year, 5th and 6th year students.
In Ireland ‘guidance’ can be considered an umbrella term, which covers a variety of numerous services aimed at personal, educational and career development. In fact, guidance can be described as the full range of interventions which assist pupils to make choices about their lives. The Guidance Programme can help to address and support the needs of the students in three distinct yet interlinked areas:
This refers to the services such as counselling and activities that promote interpersonal communication skills, decision-making, self-awareness and the ability to plan.
This strand aims to assist students in decision making in relation to course, subject and level in post-primary school through services such as counselling and activities. Study skills and examination technique, as well as senior cycle subject choice are also part of this category.
Again through the service of counselling and activities, this aspect of the role looks to assist students in decision-making related to choices of education and training courses, employment opportunities, job search skills, work and other life roles.
Role of the Guidance Counsellor
The Guidance Counsellor therefore has the acquired training to be able to absorb information about pupils from a wide range of sources in an effort to facilitate and support their development across the three specific areas; Personal/Social Guidance, Educational Guidance and Career Guidance. Therefore, these three strands of guidance and counselling provide focus for the role of the Guidance Counsellor.
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:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and guardians for their continued support. Appointments can be arranged by contacting the office if necessary.
Ms Kathryn Finn