To maintain ethical and professional practice within an Adult Guidance Service, staff should remain conscious of and consider the boundaries and limitations of their respective roles.
The role of the Adult Educational Guidance Co-ordinator / Counsellors are detailed in the Department of Education and Skills Circular 70 /04
Circular 70/04 - Pay and Conditions for Adult Education Guidance Counsellors and Adult Guidance Co-ordinators (File Format Word 60KB)
(Published November, 2004)
The Adult Educational Guidance Co-ordinators / Counsellors are required to attend appropriate professional guidance counselling supervision to support professional practice, and to help them manage client issues and relevant ethical dilemmas. Guidance Counselling supervision must be provided by an Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) accredited supervisor.
Attendance at continuing professional development (CPD) for all guidance counsellors is essential.
Adult Guidance Information Officer
The role of the Adult Guidance Information Officer is outlined in DES Circular 00/15
Circular 0015/2007 - Pay and Conditions for Adult Guidance Information Officers in the Vocational Education Committee or Sponsor of Adult Guidance Projects
Circular 0015/2007 (File Format Word 50KB)
It may be useful for the Adult Educational Guidance Co-ordinator to meet regularly with the Adult Guidance Information Officer to focus on issues arising in the provision of information to clients of the Service. Attendance at continuing professional development (CPD) for Adult Guidance Information Officers is essential.
Tip: To maintain a quality team approach to Service provision, regular team meetings of the Adult Educational Guidance Co-ordinator/ Counsellors and Adult Guidance Information Officer are vital. Issues and concerns arising in the provision of service to clients can be discussed, boundaries clarified and appropriate work practices agreed.