Guidance and Counselling

Counselling at St Gerald’s

Counselling is a complex helping process in which the counsellor establishes a trusting and confidential working relationship with the student/client. The focus of counselling typically centres on problem solving, decision making, and facilitating the discovery of personal meaning related to learning and development. The work of counselling addresses both personal crisis and developmental issues.


Counselling is available in St.Gerald’s College to students who request it for themselves or are referred by a member of staff or parent/guardian. Provision is made for meeting First year students on an individual basis to see how they are dealing with the transition from Primary to Post Primary.


Counselling assists the student:

  • To learn to accept, use and cope with information about the self and others.
  • To develop skills and aptitudes which may contribute to achieving full potential.
  • To promote recognition, understanding and acceptance of individual differences including cultural and intellectual diversity.
  • To understand the dynamics of human behaviour


Where it is seen as necessary students may be referred to other professionals in outside agencies. When students are under 18 years of age such referrals occur after consultation with and permission from parents/guardians.


The Guidance Counsellor observes confidentiality unless:

  1. There is clear and present danger to the student and /or others.
  2. It is necessary to consult with other professionals when it is in the best interests of the student/client to do so.
  3. The student/client verbally or in writing waives confidentiality.
  4. Compliance with laws designed to protect young people is an issue.

The Guidance Counsellor will work in congruence with the Code of Ethics of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.

Guidance at St Gerald’s :

Classes are provided to groups in a variety of areas including:

  • Subject choice
  • Career decision making
  • Access to on-line careers information in the computer room
  • CAO applications
  • UCAS applications
  • Outside speakers
  • Organisation of work experience in TY (every Tuesday)
  • Arranging college visits

In addition, SPHE classes address some of the aspects of Guidance and Counselling.

Special Educational Needs

The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) liaises with students, parents, staff and outside agencies to coordinate provision for students with additional learning needs. The SENCO liaises with parents and the State Examinations Commission to ensure that needs of Students who qualify for Reasonable Accommodation for the Certificate Examinations (RACE) are met.
D.A.R.E. is the Disability Access Route to Education and offers students with special educational needs access to third level on reduced points. Eligible students are supported through the school’s Counselling and Special Education departments.

SEN/ALN Assessments

SEN Process

Personalised Pupil Plan

Personalised Pupil Plan