Planning Stage : The following sub-stages are note worthy under the planning stage: (a) Consultation This is very vital to the success of the programme. Having collected relevant information about the desirability of the programme for a particular school, the counsellor must consult the principal, the staff, other school functionaries, the students and the parents. He must first sell the
EDU 624 FUNDAMENTALS OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING programme and its objectives to them thus, seeking their blessing and support for the programme. In other words, the programme must be approved by the entire school Community before it takes off. In addition, the counsellor must determine the site and facilities for the programme, supporting personnel, staff service training, participation and support of the administration and public enlightenment. It is also essential at the planning stage to discuss and agree upon how the outcomes of the programme will be evaluated. (b) Formation of the School Guidance team/committee An important aspect of the planning stage is the formation of the guidance implementation committee in the school. The committee should have the representatives of the administration, staff, other school functionaries and students as members. The school counsellor should serve as the secretary of the committee. Among other things, the committee has the following roles and responsibilities: i. ii. iii. iv. v. vi. Determining the resources/facilities to be used for the programme; Outlining/determining the objectives of the programme; Outlining how the programme should be carried out; Identifying the essential services to be introduced and implemented; Coordinating the programme of activities; Assigning duties and responsibilities relative to the (guidance) programme to other school functionaries; vii. Giving feedback on the programme; viii. Evaluating the programme from time to time; and ix. Carrying out other activities relating to the programme in the school. 3. Implementation Stage The counsellor’s role at this stage is very crucial to the success of the programme. This is because the counsellor’s leadership, 51
EDU 624 FUNDAMENTALS OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING effectiveness and ability to coordinate the activities of the programme will to a large extent affect the outcome of the programme. At this point, the counsellor in conjunction with the guidance committee will select or agree on the type of services to be introduced based on the need assessment data. Also, at this stage, it becomes necessary to plan a time-table of guidance activities. Among the activities to be implemented in a minimum programme of guidance services include: (a) A complete individual inventory (b) An information service (c) Individual and group counselling service (d) Orientation programme (e) Planning, placement and follow-up service.
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- Psychotherapy, School counselor, Guidance and Counselling