Guidance and counselling can be extremely beneficial for a number of diverse reasons. Firstly, like any form of counselling, it can help people feel listened to, in a safe space devoid of judgement.

A Guidance Counsellor has both the professional skills and interventionist tools that allow them to build an overall picture of their clients and their needs. Through a talking process, a guidance counsellor initially aims to understand you and your needs by utilising professional counselling skills.

There are a number of different reasons why people go for guidance counselling sessions. They could be faced with redundancy, unemployment, college choices, career choices, and perhaps are in need of support as they navigate their way through any of the mentioned areas. Some people see a Guidance Counsellor as a sign holder: holding up the signs that they need to get to their destination. In fact one of the main goals of a guidance counsellor is to help clients understand themselves so they can assist them in finding a fulfilling life in relation to their future education and career.

We are living in a world where there are endless occupational and educational options; we are also living in a world gripped by recession where unemployment figures continue to rise.  Yes, there are more options but there are also more related problems. Society and its’ structures continue to change rapidly and the amount of new information people are expected to decipher and absorb seems to be growing just as quickly.

These considerable factors can often leave people feeling confused as to ‘their next step’ – making the availability of a trained Guidance Counsellor a vital support for many.

Guidance Counsellors can provide valuable information, guidance and support for a person who might be struggling with life choices. Facing life changing decisions can often place the decision maker in a place of isolation.

A guidance counsellor can accompany and assist you in ensuring you make the decisions that are the right ones for you, in terms of your personal and professional needs.

Benefits for Students

A comprehensive guidance and counseling program:

  1. Prepares students for the challenges of the future by supporting their academic, career, and personal/social development and community participation.
  2. Teaches the skills for a lifetime of learning, career self-management, and social interaction.
  3. Relates their educational program to next steps and future success.
  4. Broadens knowledge of our changing world.
  5. Facilitates career exploration and planning.
  6. Assures equitable access to opportunities.
  7. Advocates for the individual student.

Benefits for Parents

A comprehensive guidance and counseling program:

  1. Prepares their children for the challenges of the future.
  2. Develops a system for their child’s long-range planning and learning.
  3. Ties academics to their child’s next steps.
  4. Provides support for parents in advocating for their child’s academic, career, and personal development.
  5. Increases opportunities for parent/school interaction.
  6. Facilitates parent access to school and community resources.

Benefits for Teachers

A comprehensive guidance and counseling program:

  1. Supports academic success of each student.
  2. Clearly defines teachers’ guidance role and places it within the context of the guidance and counseling program and student learning.
  3. Provides for an interdisciplinary team effort to address student needs and educational goals.
  4. Provides consultation to assist teachers in their guidance role.

Benefits for School Counsellors

A comprehensive guidance and counseling program:

  1. Ensures provision of program content to each student.
  2. Enhances the role of the school counselor as a student advocate.
  3. Provides a clearly defined role and function.
  4. Focuses on critical counseling functions.
  5. Provides a tool for program management and accountability.
  6. Ensures involvement in the academic mission of the school.

Benefits for Administrators

A comprehensive guidance and counseling program:

  1. Integrates school counseling with the academic mission of the school.
  2. Provides a program structure with specific content.
  3. Defines the school counselors’ role in enhancing learning and development for each student.
  4. Clarifies types of activities to include in a school counselor’s job description.
  5. Provides a means of evaluating school guidance and counseling programs.

Benefits for the Community

A comprehensive guidance and counseling program:

  1. Creates community awareness and visibility of the student support systems required for student success.
  2. Enhances economic development through quality preparation of students for the world of work.
  3. Provides an increased opportunity for collaboration and participation of community members with the school program.
  4. Educates the community to the needs of the school and the school to the needs of the community.

Benefits for Business and Industry

A comprehensive guidance and counseling program:

  1. Provides the future workforce with decision-making skills, pre-employment skills, increased worker maturity, and career self-management skills.
  2. Increases opportunities for business and industry to participate actively in the total school program.
  3. Provides increased opportunity for collaboration among counselors, business, industry, and communities.