NCGE Resources

Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Self-Care: Some Prescriptions for Calm Living

Ever felt stressed? Or, in contemporary parlance, stressed-out? While this article is basically about stress or, more accurately, stress-management, you’ll notice that I’ve kept stress out of the title. This is because I want you to focus on what you can do about stress and stressors in your life, rather than on abstract concepts of stress. Hence the article is a bit prescriptive but, I hope, practical in the suggestions, reflections and exercises I outline. These come from lived experience, both personal and professional, during my years as teacher, guidance counsellor, and psychologist. I adorn the general content of my stall with observations from historical figures, and with relevant citations from academic research. Those who work in the broad fields of education, counselling, and psychology constitute the audience I know best, and from whom I’ve learnt most. What I set out here reflects, I hope, some of that learning and its practical applications. If readers from other fields dip in and find it useful, well that’s a bonus.

Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Anger Management in the Classroom

This article seeks to explore the reasons and motivations behind inappropriate expressions of anger, and how these can be successfully addressed. The article begins by looking at anger as a developmental and skills deficit perspective and recognises that not all anger is the same, but there are different forms and motivations behind anger. Each type of anger needs to be addressed differently, and the article explores a number of approaches that include cognitive behavioural techniques, conflict resolution strategies, and mindfulness and relaxation training. It may be concluded that each of these approaches is effective, but that their efficacy depends on context, type, and function of the anger, and it is vital to include the student in this process if any strategy is to be successful.

Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

The Four Pillars of Action: The Role of Guidance Counsellors in developing and implementing the Whole School Community Approach in Tackling Bullying, both Traditional and Cyber


Bullying at school is a cause of considerable concern to young people and their families. The growth of cyber-bullying has caused further worry and unease. The reason for the growing concern is the impact which cyber-bullying has been shown to have on the mental and physical well-being of young people. The strong connection between ‘traditional’ and cyber-bullying which has the majority of young people involved in both forms means that strategies need to be implemented which are effective with the traditional forms of bullying as well as providing clear and consistent guidelines for healthy cyber-behaviour. The Whole School Community Approach has been identified as having the potential to reduce the prevalence of bullying at school. This article, therefore, raises the need to have Guidance Counsellors central to the development and delivery of the Whole School Community Approach which has been endorsed by the Department of Education and Skills’ 2013 Action Plan on Bullying. The Whole School Community Approach is collaborative and systematic and can embrace both ‘traditional’ and cyber-bullying. Its prevention and intervention strategies involve all school staff, parents, young people and the wider community.

Further Recommended Reading

Countering Bully/Victim Problems in Schools: Supporting the Guidance Counsellor by Conor Mc Guckin and Lucie Corcoran should be read in conjunction with this article. 

It can be found here in "Delivering the guidance programme" section.

 

Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Career Sailboat Model as a tool for the Guidance Counsellor

There are numerous career development theories and models. Because of the complexity and fluidity of contemporary career development there is need for modern models to assist individuals to navigate career paths with purpose and clarity. The Career Sailboat Model (CSM) was created to enhance the process of career decision-making which emerges within four interactive dimensions - individual, social, political-legal-economical and chance. CSM uses a metaphorical presentation and focuses on the determination of career goals by promoting the process of self-discovery.  This process is facilitated by overlaying a structure which guides both the discovery of self and the evaluation of career opportunities and options. This process utilises all of the career counselling processes including self-knowledge, recognition of educational/professional possibilities and decision/career planning.  The model is founded on the idea that one’s passage to a career is a sailing journey from origin to destination.  While the tentative selection of a career can be an intimidating process, the process of planning and navigating a journey can be much less so.  This model was inspired by the work of many others and many earlier theories. Accordingly, and consistent with constructivist views, the CSM is engaged in helping individuals to compose their own stories and to determine their own destination ports. The model easily permits the use of informal/qualitative assessment instruments by guidance counsellors, for example, use of games, self-report inventories, card sorts. The CSM also allows for great flexibility and adaptation to a wide variety of cultural/social realities and to political-legal-economical dimensions.

Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Data Protection Consent in the School Context:Issues to plan for

The Irish and EU Data Protection legislation is designed to protect the privacy and personal data of any individual, regardless of age.
Children are considered to be Data Subjects, equally protected by the legislation.

A key requirement is that any processing of their personal data would be fair, which is a very subjective criterion.

In this document, Hugh Jones outlines the basis for this requirement, as well as to provide some advice for schools and youth organisations who are regularly processing the personal data of those under-18 years of age – the generally accepted cut-off point which differentiates children from adults.

Throughout, he offers pragmatic suggestions to enable schools and organisations to manage personal data in a compliant manner, while meeting their administrative objectives.

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Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Alternative visions of employability: the role of critical pedagogy

Educational policy currently provides a clear imperative:  that educational institutions must aid student employability.  Such emphasis increasingly implicates pedagogy in a discourse promoting a vision of self-interested actors operating calculatively within educational and labour markets.  Many commentators have been critical of consumer rationalism prominent in official discourse, pointing to more complex issues of emotional engagement of students in education. This article will focus on the learner’s ‘career’ and its potential to be placed under academic scrutiny via the reflexive exploration of theory.  This article will also demonstrate how this pedagogical approach can provide a means toward critical career understanding and how this influences future student career enactment. The article argues for the transfer of such learning to an Irish school setting, where it is argued that such pedagogy places employability in its proper place: as something that becomes meaningful and helpful when situated within a wider understanding of ‘career’ development.

Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Best Practice, Ethical and Legal Considerations in Psychometric Testing for Guidance Counsellors


Over the last twenty years there has been a notable increase in the popularity of psychometric testing in both occupational and educational settings. This increase in popularity has led to the proliferation of diverse psychometric tests and testing internationally. The last twenty years has also seen a convergence in what is seen as best practice. This article aims to provide test users in Irish secondary schools with a broad perspective on best practice in using psychometric tests based on international best practice standards. These standards highlight the importance of managing the testing process, to ensure clients are effectively briefed on the strengths and limitations of tests and debriefed on the meaning of their scores.

The effective management of the testing process ensures students can realistically interpret psychometric test information and are effectively prepared for future encounters with psychometric testing. This article will explore best practice standards within an international context and highlight potential ethical and legal considerations, pertinent to the use of psychometric tests in Irish post-primary schools. 

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Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Action-oriented Hope-centered Career Development

In this webinar Prof. Spencer Niles presents an action oriented model of career development which places hope at the center of the process.  Niles highlights the three theories of career development which underpin this career development model - Snyder’s Hope Theory, Bandura’s Human Agency Theory and Hall’s Protean Career Theory.  The process employed by the action-oriented hope-centered model is discussed (self-reflection, self-clarity, visioning, goal setting and planning, and implementing and adapting) and sample activities are presented which can be employed to support the career development of individuals and groups. 

 

Niles concludes the webinar by presenting a case study and inviting guidance counsellors to consider how they might help Emily progress her career journey. 

 
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You can dowload the accompanying presentation HERE and at the end of this page
 
Further Recommended Viewing

The Accomplishment Interview by Spencer Niles and Kai Helmichk can be viewed in conjunction with this video. It can be found here.

Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

WEBINAR RECORDING - Career Counselling: facilitating career learning and development

In this webinar, Liane Hambly discusses the role of career counselling in facilitating career learning and development.  Hambly presents a definition of career counselling and takes us through a three stage model for career counselling delivery (establishing the foundations, exploration of needs and addressing needs) and the theory underpinning this model.  Hambly concludes the webinar with a brief discussion of Dual Processing Theory and the implications of this theory for career guidance and counselling. 
 
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You can dowload the accompanying presentation HERE and at the end of this page
Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Career Matters: Evidence and Implications for Gender and Equality

In this webinar, Dr. Deirdre Hughes, OBE, presents Career Matters: Evidence and Implications for Gender and Equality. Hughes discusses career learning and examines the research evidence base relating to careers education. Hughes takes us through the key findings of a major international review: Careers Education: International Literature Review commissioned by the UK Education Endowment Foundation and explores the implications for gender and equality in changing education and labour markets. Throughout the webinar Hughes invites participants to reflect on policy, research and practice and the implications of career dialogue within educational settings. 

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You can dowload the accompanying presentation HERE and at the end of this page
 
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