Post Primary Education

Helping Adolescents Cope with Depression

This article details the nature of depression in adolescents, focuses on the role of the guidance counsellor in responding to students who may have depression, presents an overview of how guidance counsellors can help adolescents cope with depression, using cognitive behavioural principles and mindfulness, stresses the importance of guidance counsellors looking after themselves and highlights how Aware can support guidance counsellors. It illustrates how they can use the ‘Coping Triangle’ (Hayes, 2006, 2011) and references a wide-range of practical information and support.

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Understanding Gifted Children

This article outlines the needs of gifted children from the perspective of guidance counsellors. Gifted students can often underachieve at school because of their frustration with the system or because of the lack of opportunities to allow them to develop their potential. This article allows guidance counsellors and educators to further their understanding of gifted children to better serve them within a school environment.

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Bereavement: How Guidance Counsellors Can Support The Grieving Student

Death is inevitable and universal, therefore, it is necessary for anyone who works with students to be prepared to offer help to those who experience bereavement naturally, suddenly, or traumatically. Indeed, help is sometimes required in advance of bereavement, in that a student may be ‘anticipating’ the death of a significant person in their life (e.g., parent in hospice care). It is estimated that between 36,000 and 60,000 young people in Ireland have experienced a significant bereavement (McLoughlin, 2012).

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Planning the School Guidance Programme

I am very pleased to present this publication Planning the School Guidance Programme which has been prepared in the light of the requirements of sections 9 (c) and 21 of the Education Act 1998. The publication will assist schools greatly in developing their guidance plan as part of the overall School Plan. The writing of Planning the School Guidance Programme was co-ordinated by the National Centre for Guidance in Education, with inputs from the relevant stakeholders. I am most grateful to all who contributed to this work for their effort and commitment to the task.

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Dealing with Ethical Dilemmas in Guidance Counselling

This article offers a practical tool to support guidance counsellors in their responsibility to manage ethical aspects of their work. That tool consists of a procedure to formalise the making of ethical decisions. First, the nature of a profession and issues of statutory regulation are considered. Next, the nature of codes of ethics, and the desirability of a formal process for making ethical decisions, are discussed.

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