Portmarnock Community School Guidance & Counselling Service
Welcome to the Guidance & Counselling section of the website.
This Resource Guide aims to identify and direct you to a number of useful resources, that you may find helpful in addressing certain issues and difficulties that can arise in the course of everyday living.
Online resources offer a range of information, advice, self-help strategies, practical coping techniques as well as other relevant links. Confidential Helplines and Support Groups are also highlighted with contact details.
There is a wealth of information available online but it is important to note that such resources are in addition to seeking professional help. They are not a substitute for medical advice, professional counselling or other health related services.
The complete Resource Guide may be read here.
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:
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.
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.
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
|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
|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
|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
|National College of Ireland
|All Hallows College
|Pontifical University of Maynooth
|St Patrick’s, Carlow College
|Royal Irish Academy of Music
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
|Dublin Business School
|FISC Ireland Ltd.
|Grafton College of Management Sciences, 7 Gardiner Row, Dublin 1
|Griffith College Dublin
|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
|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