Coláiste Chú Chulainn and Coláiste Lú provides a comprehensive Guidance and Counselling service to all members of the school community.
The Guidance and Counselling service helps students to develop an awareness and acceptance of their talents and abilities. It involves the full range of interventions which help students make choices about their lives.
The main aim of Guidance and Counselling at Coláiste Chú Chulainn and Coláiste Lú is to provide a variety of services in three main areas:
- Personal and Social Guidance: Facilitating the transfer of knowledge and skills relating to a student’s personal and social development. This area empowers students to make decisions, solve problems and change behaviour.
- Educational Guidance: Assisting in decision making, motivation, learning and examination techniques and with choices in subjects, courses and levels. Aptitude, ability, interest and other assessment tools are used to assist the student in the decision making process.
- Career Guidance: Assisting in decision making related to the choices of further and higher education, training courses and employment opportunities. The guidance service explores job seeking skills, work and other life roles.
The Guidance and Counselling service consults with teachers, parents, learning support and management in the planning of the guidance programme. The Guidance Counsellors have an advocacy role on behalf of students with outside agencies, employers and third level institutions.
The Guidance and Counselling service supports students learning to cope with many aspects of their personal, social, educational and career development.
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
It is important that parents are made to feel free and welcome to come and visit the guidance counsellor. An appointment system is the best operational mode in this way.
The Guidance Counsellor also hosts parent’s information evenings throughout the year for CAO, Subject Choice in 3rd Year and Incoming First Years Parents.
The Guidance and Counselling Department at Coláiste Chú Chulainn and Coláiste Lú operates an Appointment Card system whereby students can fill in an appointment card and the Guidance Counsellor will endeavour to meet the student promptly to discuss the issue presented.
Principal/ Deputy Principal and Year Leaders can also make referrals to the Guidance and Counselling Department about a student they feel may need particular support.
All students have a right to confidentiality in their dealings with the Guidance Counsellor. The right is not universal, however, and there are some cases in which - for the student's best interest - confidentiality cannot be guaranteed e.g. in the case of abuse, bullying, and risk to life. In counselling the student, the Guidance Counsellor will make the student aware that confidentiality could not be guaranteed in these circumstances.