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Guidance Environment



How do I create a group environment which is relevant for my clients?

Consultation with key players is essential. Talk to clients and their tutors to establish the type and level of client's needs.

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How do I ensure a quality centred service?

Complete the Environment Quality Checklist to see if there are any gaps you need to address

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If a client brings a child with them to a guidance session, what do I do?

It is important to have some distractions such as books, toys and puzzles for small children.  This may keep the child occupied (the child is always under the care and control of his/her paren).  Be mindful of health and safety issues, if a parent attends with a child.  Look at possibilities where the adult has the opportunity to attend a meeting with the guidance counsellor at a time when child care has been organised.  Be conscious of the fact that a guidance session may be affected by the presence of a child (e.g. distractions and/or client's level of engagement).

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What if I have no space to work in and no resources?

It is essential that you have an acceptable and appropriate space in which to work.  Choosing and establishing resources takes time and people usually have to start somewhere and build things up. Look to other Adult Educational Guidance Services for support and initially work with what is available. Be creative!  If your space or resources still remain inadequate, this should be discussed with your employer.

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