Supervision for Guidance Counsellors

SUPERVISION FOR GUIDANCE COUNSELLORS

Documents updated September 2015:

Guidelines for the Organisation

Memorandum of Understanding 2015

Problem Solving Protocol 2015

Considerations for the apt of supervisors 2013

Guidelines for Supervision Contract 2015

Contract template for supervision 2015

Guidance Supervision is under the chairmanship of the Teacher Education Section (TES) of the DES, and is administered through Monaghan Education Centre. It facilitates all guidance counsellors working in second level schools and colleges of further education in undertaking professional supervision of their guidance counselling work, and particularly their one to one counselling activity with students. The Institute of Guidance Counsellors organises the location and timing of the counselling support service at local level throughout the country.

The service is delivered through a series of five two-hour sessions of counselling supervision support in each academic year, by a professionally qualified Counselling Supervisor. Each guidance counsellor will therefore receive a total of ten hours supervision throughout the academic year, and will be provided with an appropriate certificate of attendance at the end of May.

The DES circular 009/2012 supports the provision of one to one guidance counselling for students experiencing difficulties.  As stated in its response to Research on the Practice of Guidance Counsellors in Post Primary Schools, the DES recognises the need to support professional practice in guidance counselling, particularly in the area of personal counselling, and therefore funds this supervision of guidance counselling service.