Guidance & Counselling

Portmarnock Community School Guidance & Counselling Service

 Welcome to the Guidance & Counselling section of the website.

 What is Guidance?

Guidance refers to a range of services and activities intended to assist students to make educational, training and occupational choices and to manage their careers. The activities may take place on an individual or group basis. They include:

  • career information provision (in print, ICT-based and other forms),
  • assessment and self-assessment tools,
  • vocational counselling interviews,
  • career education programmes (to help individuals develop their self awareness, opportunity awareness, and career management skills),
  • work search programmes,
  • transition services

What is Counselling?

Counselling is offered on a one to one basis and is generally short-term in nature. The Service operates on an appointment basis however priority will be given in the event of an emergency. During the course of ones school days many issues and concerns may present for students. Counselling offers the opportunity to discuss in private any such issues or concerns which impact on academic performance or personal well-being.  It is not necessary to know exactly what the difficulty is in order to access the Service. A general feeling that all is not well is often enough to initially seek help. Deciding to speak with a Guidance Counsellor can be a positive step towards making life better for the individual. Self-referral to the Service is welcomed and encouraged.


Confidentiality Policy


The Guidance & Counselling Service is a professional counselling service, which abides by a strict code of ethics and confidentiality policy as outlined by the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. A persistent link to this code can be foundhere.

Confidentiality is a central and integral part of the counselling process and is assured to each student who avails of the Counselling Service.  It offers safety and privacy to those who choose to discuss personal and private concerns. Information given during the counselling session is held in strict confidence. No information written or verbal will be disclosed to a third party without the student’s permission. The issue of confidentiality is always discussed with students during the first session. This provides the opportunity to clarify any concerns that may arise. Counselling Service files are not attached to any academic records held within the school.

Limits to Confidentiality

In exceptional circumstances Guidance Counsellors may need to break confidentiality if they believe there is a real intent of serious harm or danger to either their student or another individual. Such circumstances may pertain to issues relating to sexual abuse, rape, self-harm, suicidal ideation or criminal activity. In as far as is possible, in such cases, a full explanation will be given regarding the necessary procedures that may need to be taken.

Useful Contacts

The Disability Access Route to Education Document (2012 entry) and The Higher Education Access Route to Education Document (2012 entry) are both available here.


University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4
University College Cork, Cork
National University of Ireland, Galway
National University of Ireland, Maynooth
University of Limerick, Limerick
Trinity College, Dublin
Dublin City University
National University of Ireland Recognised Colleges


Institute of Public Administration
Milltown Institute of Theology & Philosophy
National College of Art and Design
Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
Shannon College of Hotel Management
Institutes Of Technology

Dublin Institute of Technology
Athlone Institute of Technology
Cork Institute of Technology
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown
Institute of Technology, Carlow
Institute of Technology, Sligo
Institute of Technology, Tallaght
Institute of Technology, Tralee
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Limerick Institute of Technology
Waterford Institute of Technology
Colleges of Education

The Church of Ireland College of Education
Froebel College of Education
Coláiste Mhuire, Marino Institute of Education
St. Angela’s College
St. Patrick’s College of Education
Mary Immaculate College
Mater Dei Institute
Other State-Aided Institutions

National College of Ireland
All Hallows College
Garda College
Military College
Tipperary Institute
Pontifical University of Maynooth
St Patrick’s, Carlow College
Royal Irish Academy of Music
Other Institutions

Honorable Society of Kings Inn
Law Society of Ireland

Other Institutions, some, at least, of whose programmes are validated by the Higher Education Training and Awards Council are listed below

Academy of Medical Laboratory Science
American College Dublin
Burren College of Art
Development Studies Centre, Kimmage
Dorset College
Dublin Business School
Failte Ireland
FISC Ireland Ltd.
Grafton College of Management Sciences, 7 Gardiner Row, Dublin 1
Griffith College Dublin
Hibernia College
H.S.I. Limerick Business School
ICD Business School, BPP House, 5 Lad Lane, Dublin 2
Institute of Business and Technology, Swords
Irish Academy of Public Relations
Irish Management Institute
Leinster Academy, Leinster Rugby IRFU
Munster Academy, Munster Rugby IRFU
National Counselling Institute of Ireland
New Media Technology College
Newpark Music Centre
Portobello College Dublin
St. Nicholas Montessori College Ireland
St. Patrick’s College
The Open Training College
Thomas Crosbie Holdings Ltd

Colleges of Further Education

Ballsbridge College of Further Education
Ballyfermot College of Further Education
Colaiste Dhulaigh
Dundrum College of Further Education
Crumlin College of Further Education
Dun Laoire College of Further Education
Grange Community College
Greenhills College of Further Education
Inchicore College of Further Education
Killester College of Further Education
Kylemore College of Further Education
Pearse College of Further Education
Plunket College of Further Education
Rathmines College of Further Education
Ringsend College of Further Education
Sallynoggin College of Further Education
Senior College Dun Laoire
St Tiernan’s Community School
St Kevin’s College
Stillorgan College of Further Education
Whitehall College of Further Education