Guidance and Counselling is a developmental process aimed at helping each student make wise decisions, and suitable educational and occupational goals, and resolve, and cope with, or overcome personal problems.
The various aspects of Guidance are:
Personal and Social
The role of the Guidance Counsellor is to:
Provide students with a service which directly supports and compliments the work of the classroom teachers.
Their duties are to:
Work with administrators, teachers, students and parents in acquiring a better understanding of students; needs and how to deal with them.
Liaise with administrators and teachers about performances of students and the implementation of programmes geared to helping students with educational, vocational, personal and social problems.
Participate in Parent/Teacher Conferences and give assistance in regard to interpretation of students' grades and possible reasons for lack of motivation and progress in school work.
Arrange with administrators and teachers to visit classes in an effort to motivate students toward higher academic achievements.
Provide students with information on topics that would enhance their overall development.
Arrange for resource persons to discuss topics related to the overall welfare and well-being of students.
Keep abreast of job demands and guide students in the development of their special talents and abilities accordingly.
Assist the Principal in providing school transcripts, and give guidance in regard to completion of students' confidential cards.
Collect and maintain current materials on educational, occupational and personal/social topics for students references.
Liaise with Social Workers, School Nurse, School Doctor, School Psychologist and Speech Therapists in matters pertaining to individual students.
Initiate with appropriate professional personnel, case conferences in an effort to bring about better understanding of a problem and arrive at a workable solution.
Participate in promotional and student placement exercises.
Assist in identifying students with learning difficulties.
Help the student adjust to changes and pressures of adolescence.
Assist with the administration, supervision and interpretation of tests and questionnaires, which relate to the student.
Motivate students to seek counselling on their own volition through a creative and continuous programme of orientation to counselling.
Sensitize the community and civic organizations to the needs of students in an effort to gain their support and involvement.
Conduct research designed to measure the effectiveness of individual and group counseling and other guidance services in promoting the maturity and educational development of students.