The major aim of Guidance Counseling Services is to encourage students’ academic, social, emotional and personal development. To reach this aim, guidance counseling services help students get to know themselves better and find effective solutions to their daily problems. We also help students improve themselves in all areas and be full-functioning individuals. Counselors monitor students’ development and according to their needs they give students necessary support such as helping them to understand themselves and their needs, to solve their problems, to make realistic decisions, to improve their abilities and skills, and to adjust themselves and their environment in a healthy way.
Information for Schools, Students, and Families
In the guidance and counseling services, the student and his/her needs are in the center. While supporting him, counselors cooperate with the administrators, teachers, parents and the other staff members where necessary.
The school counsellor’s first professional responsibility is to the students. The educational, academic, career, personal, and social needs of all students within the school setting, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, are the focus in planning and delivering a developmental, comprehensive guidance and counselling program.
The diverse needs of students may require specific counselling expertise and school counselors recognize their boundaries of competencies by providing only those services for which they are qualified by training or experience. When students require specialized, intensive or long-term counselling beyond what the school may reasonably be expected to provide, appropriate referrals are made.
Working with Parents/Guardians
Parents/guardians fulfill a primary role in the lives of their children. Collaboration with parents in the best interest of students is a key activity of school counsellors. The focus of school counselling is on the personal, social, educational, and career development of the student. Providing parents, as appropriate, with accurate information in a caring manner is part of working with minors in a school setting. Working with students to keep parents appropriately informed without breaching confidentiality is an important responsibility. School counsellors bridge communication with parents at every opportunity.
What Do School Counselors Do?
The duties of school counselors include:
- Providing instruction on psychological and social issues. teach sex education classes, provide information to students about bullying, or offer seminars on study skills.
- Vocational guidance. Many school counselors help students prepare for college or select careers.
- Counseling. help students mediate conflicts with their peers, teachers, or parents. Many school counselors also provide therapy and counseling services to students during school hours.
We often help students:
- Maintain academic standards and set goals for academic success.
- Develop skills to improve organization, study habits, and time management.
- Work through personal problems that may affect academics or relationships.
- Improve social skills,Identify interests,and strengths
- Promoting guidance in support of the education of students.
- Facilitating the transition of students from primary to secondary, from secondary to post-secondary educational institutions to other educational institutions and/or work.
- Providing curricular guidance regarding subject options and choice of courses, at different levels.
- Providing personal career guidance.
- Providing job exposure
- Organising seminars, talks and/or contacting parents on personal development, educational achievements, educational issues and developments.
- Organising seminars, talks and preventive programmes on guidance related topics.
- Personal Growth and Development Program
- How to Cope with Bullying
- How to Cope with Peer Pressure/Bullying
- How Can I Improve My Organizational/Time Management Skills?
- Strategies for Effective Learning
- Social/ Emotional Skills Program
- Self esteem building
- Social media literacy
- Leadership/Entrepreneurship skills
Individual Counseling is for students who need one on one time to be able to express their thoughts and emotions. Typically, students who are seen individually are seen once a week for a period of time, which can range from one session to several sessions (typically no more than 6-8 sessions). We help students resolve personal or interpersonal problems. We also offer small group counseling to help students enhance listening and social skills, learn to empathize with others, and find social support through healthy peer relationships.
Each group member plays a part in developing the rules for the group. Members need to take ownership in their group. The group members think of the rules together. To make sure students stay on the right track in developing rules, We help facilitate what is necessary to maintain a cohesive group experience. Group members need to be in agreement of the group rules. Expectations are a must. It is important for the members to be aware of what are appropriate behaviors for the group.