Guidance and Counselling

guidance 2Guidance refers to the range of learning experiences which assist students to make informed choices- personal and social, educational, and career- and enable successful transitions.

Ms Harrington is the school's Guidance counsellor and is a member of the IGC (Institute of Guidance Counsellors)

Guidance is regarded as a core element of the school's overall programme. The Guidance programme seeks to respond to the needs of the students at all stages of their education in St. Louis Secondary School.

The objectives of the Guidance programme are underpinned by the legislative requirements and are informed by the best practices disseminated by the Institute of Guidance Counsellors and the National Centre for Guidance in Education. Guidance here is viewed as a continual development process which begins prior to the entry of the student into St Louis Secondary School.


There are three main areas in which the Guidance Counsellor operates, educational counselling, vocational counselling and personal counselling. Guidance works in conjunction with the students, the parents/guardians, the management and the staff of the school. It is through a collaborative approach that students experiencing difficulties will be given the necessary support to optimise their learning.

The role of the Guidance Counsellor is one which is formative, informative and consultative. It helps direct and develop students' capacity to become self-directed and independent learners, equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to make informed decisions. This is carried out in consultation with the students' parents/guardians and with other members of staff.


guidancePersonal guidance is a key part of the school guidance programme. This can range from brief interventions, once-off meetings, to regular meetings with students either on an individual or group basis. Such interactions may be part of the developmental learning processes of students but may also result from students' personal crisis. Personal guidance may include personal counselling, educational counselling, career counselling or a combination of these.

Counselling is available on a referral basis. Students are referred by management, staff, parents, or they may self- refer. During and after counselling the Guidance Counsellor will consult with teachers and other relevant and concerned parties on a regular basis to monitor progress, to discuss how pupils are coping and to plan for further support.

The Guidance Counsellor is trained regarding the various developmental stages of adolescence and the related issues which may arise during this phase of development. She will draw upon different theories of counselling and engage in an eclectic counselling approach. 


The issue of vocational guidance is one which is especially pertinent at senior cycle and the ways in which the Guidance Counsellor fulfils this role include:

• The Guidance Counsellor is available at Parent/Teacher meetings.

• Timetabled classes with TY, Fifth and Sixth Year students.

• Follow up meetings and telephone conversations concerning career issues between the Guidance Counsellor, students and parents as required.

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