Welcome to Blessington Community College Guidance and Counselling Service.
Ms. Rónat Lillis
Definition of Guidance
Guidance in Blessington Community College involves a range of learning experiences, provided in a developmental sequence, that assist pupils to develop self-management skills which will lead to effective choices and decisions about their lives. Guidance is viewed as a continuum, an on-going process which begins before the student enters the school and continues when the student leaves. While Guidance and Counselling is delivered by a professionally trained School Guidance Counsellor it is also acknowledged that Guidance is a whole-school approach and management, teaching staff, Student Support Team, Year Heads, Parents, and Students are all are important stakeholders whose input is welcomed in the delivery of this Guidance Counselling service, which in its turn is a part of the overall school Guidance Plan.
The pupils' needs, on which the school Guidance and Counselling service is based, can be grouped under three headings: educational needs, vocational needs and personal needs.
Educational Guidance and Counselling refers to assisting pupils to access the information and develop the skills and attitudes necessary to get maximum benefit from their time in school. Pupils are given the support necessary to cope with issues that relate to education, e.g. problems with study, examination stress, goal setting, programme choice, subject choice, etc.
Vocational Guidance and Counselling refers to assisting pupils to access the information and develop the skills and attitudes necessary to explore and clarify career possibilities, to set attainable career goals, to make informed decisions and to take the necessary practical steps to implement these decisions.
Personal Guidance and Counselling refers to assisting pupils to access the information and develop the skills and attitudes necessary to cope successfully with their personal and social relationships both inside and outside school.
Counselling is viewed in this context as an interactive learning process between counsellor and student which approaches, in a holistic way the personal, educational and/or vocational needs of the student. The availability of a counselling service can offer support to individual pupils outside the classroom context and help staff to support these pupils in the classroom. The counselling service also aims to support both the pastoral and the disciplinary structures in the school. Anxiety issues, social exclusion, bullying, family crisis, scholastic under-achievement, abuse, sexual identity issues, peer pressure, self-esteem issues are some of the issues with which students present to the Guidance Counsellor and which can be assisted.