Guidance counsellors

 

Guidance counsellors have been a part of secondary education in New Zealand since the late 1960s.   Their clients are students, staff and families/whanau in the school community.   Their role includes:

  • Helping clients to explore their difficulties and concerns, and to develop their capabilities and resilience
  • Fostering conditions in which a client can grow and develop as a person
  • Offering leadership and sharing expertise in promoting positive relationships
  • Promoting awareness of and respect for difference
  • Advocating for those who are disempowered.

All schools/kura need the skills of professionally trained guidance counsellors to fulfill their obligations to their students.   Guidance counsellors assist schools/kura to meet Section 77 of the Education Act, which requires that "the principal of a State school shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that … students get good guidance and counselling"; Read more

Update on changes in registration, certification and authorisation (LATs)

New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua information for school guidance counsellors about changes in the Education Council’s Registration Framework which might affect them.  These changes are particularly significant for counsellors on Limited Authorities to Teach and for counsellors who do not yet have full practising certificates.

The Education Amendment Act 2015 made significant changes to the registration framework, including a separation of registration from the holding of practising certificate and major changes to LATs. The Education Council’s Registration Policy is currently labelled ‘Interim’, so further changes can be expected in the coming months.

 

icon Information for school guidance counsellors on changes in registration, certification and authorisation (LATs)

 

This information was correct at 15 October 2015.

For further information, contact PPTA National Office, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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The school guidance counsellor: guidelines (2015)

Guidelines for principals, boards of  trustees, teachers and guidance counsellors

The School Guidance Counsellor: Guidelines for principals, Boards of Trustees, teachers and guidance counsellors (2015). These guidelines have been updated by PPTA in consultation with the NZ Association of Counsellors (NZAC).

This document is also available on the NZAC website.

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For further information, contact PPTA National Office, Judie Alison.

 

 

Guidance counsellors and supervision

National survey of school guidance counsellors and their professional supervision

Wendy M. Payne & Steve K.W. Lang

The latest New Zealand Journal of Counselling, Volume 29, No.2, 2009 includes a useful and interesting report, providing something of an update of PPTA's study in 2004, which is cited frequently.

The emphasis here is on professional supervision of counsellors, this is a requirement for membership of the  New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) and is essential to the safe practice of all counsellors.   The report discusses why supervision is important, and what the most common kinds are.

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School counsellors' contribution to the key competencies

School counsellors' contribution to the key competencies of the New Zealand school curriculum

By Colin Hughes, HOD Guidance, Trident High School 

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This paper summarises the main contribution School Counsellors make in developing the five key competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum in the students they counsel. The material presented arose from a workshop led by Colin Hughes with a group of school counsellors from the Eastern Bay of Plenty. It was then organised and summarised by Colin Hughes and Tracey Hennessy, both counsellors at Trident High School in Whakatane.

The key competencies:

  • Managing self,
  • Participating and contributing,
  • Using language, symbols and texts,
  • Thinking,
  • Relating to others -

have always been an integral part of the school counsellor's work, but have not always been expressed and recognised as such by schools and educational authorities. In large part this has been because different academic histories, theories, practices and language between the two professions, teaching and counselling, have often masked those things that are similar.

However with the rise of pupil centred pedagogies, and the attention given to relationship formation as a key determinant of learning success, the language used by educationalists to describe the teaching process and some of its methods has moved closer to that used by counsellors. For example to describe, as the new curriculum does, "teaching as inquiry" [1] is not too far from the stance of "˜respectful curiosity' something many counsellors would own as a central element in the counselling process.

 

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About guidance counsellors

A brief introduction to the role of guidance counsellors in secondary schools

Guidance counsellors have been a part of secondary education in New Zealand since the late 1960s.   Their clients are students, staff and families/whanau in the school community.   Their role includes:

  • Helping clients to explore their difficulties and concerns, and to develop their capabilities and resilience
  • Fostering conditions in which a client can grow and develop as a person
  • Offering leadership and sharing expertise in promoting positive relationships
  • Promoting awareness of and respect for difference
  • Advocating for those who are disempowered.

Read more...

Curriculum resources for guidance counsellors

Resources developed during the Curricululm Support days (CSDs) CSD logo

The NZ Curriculum and School Guidance Counsellors (ppt)

(May 2009)  PowerPoint presentation that is part of a package of resources developed for Guidance counsellors. 
Authors      Judith Kelleher, Brenda Pomana-Whale

School Guidance Counsellors: The advance guard of the NZC (MSword)
(May 2009)  This resource contains: Worksheets to accompany the Powerpoint presentation that has been developed.  Information and discussion points about a Guidance Counsellor project using the NZ Curriculum. 
Authors: Judith Kelleher, Brenda Pomana-Whale

The CSD resources can be downloaded from the document library.