The importance of counselling

GACIFE Project Grundtvig 1.1 Work package 7 - GV 3-Course Poprad, 21.05 ± 25.05.2007 Cham, 25.06 ± 29.06.2007

The importance of counselling 

Benefits of counselling Why counselling is important? The European dimension of counselling Counselling and Life Long Learning

to make educational. guidance and counselling services" refers to services intended to assist individuals. of any age and at any point throughout their lives. training and occupational choices and to manage their careers .Widespread definition of ³Guidance and Counselling´  The term ³Guidance and Counselling´ will be used in the context of life long learning and refers according to the definition of the Council of the European Union: "information.

p. or work force re-entry computer-based or on-line services to provide information about jobs and careers or to help individuals make career choices. and services to those who are employed (Draft Resolution of the Council and of the representatives of the Member States meeting within the Council on Strengthening Policies. initial job choice. job change. . Systems and Practices in the field of Guidance throughout life in Europe. courses of study and vocational training. courses of vocational training. 2).Widespread definition of ³Guidance and Counselling´    ³Guidance and Counselling´ includes a wide range of activities: activities within schools to help students clarify career goals and understand the world of work personal or group-based assistance with decisions about initial courses of study. and services to produce and disseminate information about jobs. services to job seekers. It includes services provided to those who have not yet entered the labour force. further education and training.

Benefits of counselling  Since the Lisbon Council (2000) and Commission¶s Memorandum on Long Life Learning (LLL) there is widespread consensus that high quality guidance provision throughout life is a key component of education. training and employability strategies to attain the strategic goal of Europe becoming the world¶s most dynamic knowledge based society by 2010 .

G. Cedefop 2004. including civic. challenges and responses across Europe. page 5).Benefits of counselling The aims of Guidance and Counselling in the context of LLL can be summarized as follows:  ³Guidance helps to build confidence and to empower individuals as well as makes people aware of new career possibilities. R. learning and work opportunities and promotes the balance of life and work  It promotes employability and adaptability by assisting people to make career decisions both on entering the labour market and on moving within it (Guidance policies in the knowledge society: trends. Sultana. . leisure.

 assist educational and training institutions to have well motivated pupils.Why counselling is important Guidance aims to:  enable citizens to manage and plan their learning and work pathways in accordance with their life goals. students and trainees who take responsibility for their own learning and set their own goals for achievement  assist enterprises and organisations to have well motivated. employable and adaptable staff. capable of accessing and benefiting from learning opportunities both within and outside the workplace .

in which citizens actively contribute to their social and democratic development . regional. national and European economies through workforce development and adaptation to changing economic demands and social circumstances  assist in the development of societies.Why counselling is important Guidance aims to:  provide policymakers with an important means to achieve a wide range of public policy goals  support local.

and the role that they play in improving the efficiency of financial or other markets  . both to education systems and to the labour market There are analogies between the importance that systems of information and advice play in improving the efficiency of education systems and labour markets.Importance of guidance and counselling within education system and labour market  Guidance and counselling services are important.

and to increase both individual and social returns to investments in education . Here. thus raising national levels of educational attainment improve transitions from education to the labour market These outcomes help to make better use of educational resources. into employment. or into both This can help to: reduce dropouts from and back-tracking within education systems.Importance of guidance and counselling within education system      career education has an important role to play within education in laying the foundations for lifelong career development guidance and counselling are particularly important in post compulsory education. wider curriculum choice results in more diverse and complex routes into later stages of education. and thus improve internal flows improve flows between different levels of education.

In turn this can improve individual decision making about jobs and about job training opportunities .Importance of guidance and counselling within labour market  Within the labour market.and long-term job opportunities. guidance and counselling can: improve the accuracy and accessibility of the information available to individuals about short.

Importance of guidance and counselling    In particular. guidance and counselling can help to: achieve a better match between skills. industries and occupations in the face of labour supply and demand fluctuations resulting from technological and structural change make a key difference between the successful and unsuccessful implementation of active labour market programmes . interests and qualifications on the one hand and available job opportunities on the other help to improve the allocation of labour across regions.

training and counselling.The European dimension of counselling Over the years cooperation at European level within education and training has come to play a significant role in creating the future European society  economic and social developments in Europe over the last decade have increasingly underlined the need for a European dimension to education.  the enlargement of European Union adds a new dimension and a number of challenges. training and counselling  the successive development of the European education and training programmes has been a key factor for improving cooperation at European level . opportunities and requirements to the work in the field of education.

employment and unemployment practices in private and community sectors. challenges and responses across Europe . delivery systems and education. This diversity has been collected in the Cedefop ± report on Guidance policies in the knowledge society: trends.The European dimension of counselling  Guidance and Counselling in the Member States of the European Union is provided through a wide diversity of structures. training. European dimension of counselling In addition to many European initiatives. acceding and candidate countries http://www. the EU has provided support for policy ce/Career_Guidance_survey/ the provision of funding for projects through a range of Education. Employment and Social Inclusion Programmes the establishment of the EUROGUIDANCE network http://www.euroguidance. reflection and exchange of experience in the field of Guidance and Counselling through: the creation of the Commission¶s Lifelong Guidance Expert Group .gr/etv/Projects_Networks/Guidan c/expertgroup/ the extension of the OECD career guidance policy review to all Member States.

Counselling and Lifelong Learning    Lifelong learning and the development of employability are the guiding principles and frameworks for the development of policies. training. and improving living and working conditions . social inclusion. regional and rural development. and employment. gender equity. systems and practices for lifelong guidance Policies and programmes for lifelong guidance are an integral part of national and European Community level social and economic development policies and programmes These include policies and programmes relating to education. human resource development.

Relevant stakeholders include ministries.Counselling and Lifelong Learning   Policies and programmes for lifelong guidance are formulated and implemented through stakeholder participation in mechanisms such as national forums for guidance. social partners. education and training institutions. parents. guidance practitioners. and youth Policies and programmes for lifelong guidance take into account national and international economic change and technological development . users. service providers. employment services.

with the European Commission and with other stakeholders in planning. training and employment Such co-operation may include:  bilateral or multilateral assistance to other countries  joint research and peer reviews to improve the quality of the planning and implementation of programmes  . elaborating and implementing collaborative action in lifelong guidance within the context of Community policies and programmes for education.Counselling and Lifelong Learning Member states co-operate with each other.

including the results of research and experimental programmes. to facilitate occupational and geographical mobility .Counselling and Lifelong Learning    Such co-operation may include: helping those who work in guidance to acquire knowledge. study groups. seminars. thematic networks or exchange of publications the preparation and dissemination of basic guidance material. transnational exchanges and placements. skill and experience not available in their own countries: for example by giving them access to facilities in other countries or by establishing joint facilities the systematic exchange of information. by means of expert meetings. including curricula and job specifications.

i. guidance and counselling regarded as a lifelong process should    recognise all clients¶ need focus not only on their career development and labour market integration but focus also on the social and psychological needs and deal with them in the manner appropriate to the skills.Summary  A common goal of Guidance and Counselling is    to promote employability to support career management and personal development of social skills to reduce dropout through activation. experience and role of the counsellor and the needs and wishes of the individual .e. motivation and empowerment of participants/ learners/ users  Guidance and Counselling services should be based on a holistic approach.

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