NCGE designs and organises continuing professional development (CPD) programmes for guidance staff working in the FET sector.These include guidance co-ordinators, guidance counsellors and guidance information officers and other guidance staff based in FET
NCGE CPD programmes for FET guidance staff aims to:-
- Offer a balance between theory and practice;
- Provide opportunities to gain, develop and renew skills;
- Develop effective learning and delivery methods within a lifelong and life-wide context;
- Provide opportunities to model best practice in delivery and presentation skills;
- Provide opportunities to actively participate in an encouraging environment;
- Provide opportunities for practitioners to network and share expertise;
- Provide a space for reflection on practice;
- Provide a forum for NCGE and the FET Guidance Services to develop models of good practice which inform policy.
Provision of CPD
NCGE provides CPD using a blended learning approach with online communication, pre-workshop activities and attendance at workshops .
NCGE provides webinars with national and international experts in guidance providing, which can be attended by FET Guidance practitioners
Guidance Counselling Supervision
Supervision can be viewed as an integral part of continuing professional development. It provides a mechanism of support for guidance counsellors and can play a key role in 'self-care'. Supervision may take place on a 'one to one' level or in a group context.
There are several reasons why it is important for guidance counsellors to have regular supervision:-
Ethical requirement – Professional bodies , such as the Institute of Guidance Counsellors and AEGAI strongly recommend supervision as an integral part of the professional practice of members;
The Department of Education and Skills recognises the role of supervision in ensuring good practive and thus requires guidance counsellors working in the AEGI service to attend either individual or group supervision for at least two hours per month; PLC guidance counsellors can access supervision through the DES funded guidance counselling supervision programme for post primary schools.
Supervision helps ensure accountability in relation to guidance counsellor's one to one work with clients;
Self care - It provides support to practitioners in relation to the management of client issues.
Quality assurance - Supervision is a way of monitoring and evaluating our practice so as to maintain the quality and standards of the service we provide;
Supervision can be provided on a one to one or group basis. Supervision must be provided by a supervisor accredited by a suitable organisation.
For example IACP: http://www.irish-counselling.ie/infosheet12.htm gives a list of IACP accredited supervisors by geographical location