client should be allowed to set his/her own goals while the counsellor plays a facilitativeand supportive role.(c) Accepting counselling on the part of the client leads to a greater level of honesty towardothers, but more so towards the self. This means that the client’s real self resembles moreand more his/her ideal self. That is, his/her self-concept is becoming congruent withhis/her experiences. As the client shares his/her repressed tendencies and distortedexperiences with others, they will provide the needed positive feedback.Counselling is personal, intimate, and totally individual in focus. Its purpose is to enhance thepersonal development, and the psychological growth toward maturity of its clients. The ultimatepurpose of a good guidance and counselling programme should be to help the individual student toacquire understanding, ability and appreciation necessary to act intelligently and effectively indealing with problems of everyday life. Counselling is thus a means or a process of helping astudent to help him/herself.The teacher counsellor works closely with other professionals e.g. medical personnel, socialworkers, other staff members, the parents, etc. through referrals. He/she also works with otherDocumentsPDFCompleteClick Here & UpgradeExpanded FeaturesUnlimited Pages
25persons in his/her environment in a manner, which facilitates the achievement of desirableobjectives for the benefit of the student. The teacher counsellor is more concerned with thedevelopment of what is, than with fundamental change with the deep and distant past; with makingthe best of a situation as it actually is, rather than with altering the way of the world (Kagan,1984). In this function of counselling, the teacher counsellor works individually with each studenttrying to help the counsellee gain a meaningful perspective of his/her strengths and weaknesses,get a clear vision of his/her opportunity, and a knowledge of existing or possible interferences inhis/her maturing and adjustment throughout life. It is not the function of the teacher counsellor to“tell” the student. The teacher counsellor is committed to assisting each student in the struggle forself-understanding.2.7 FUNCTIONS OF A TEACHER COUNSELLOR(a) Planning and development of the guidance programme e.g. he / she co-ordinates variousaspects of the programme in a meaningful sequence of guidance services, and he / shehelps the head teacher to identify the guidance needs of the students.(b) Providing counselling services. It is essential that the teacher counsellor devotes time toindividual or group counselling meetings.(c) Student appraisal, i.e. the counsellor co-ordinates the accumulation of meaningfulinformation concerning the students. Such information is gathered through conferenceswith students, interviews with students, academic records, observations, and thus identifiesstudents with special needs.
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