Guidance and Testing Center
The Guidance and Testing Center is committed to facilitate the development of students and provide opportunities for personal and professional growth. It aims to help students adjust to the school environment through awareness of their strengths and weaknesses, and undertaking steps for their development during their stay at the University.
To provide students with opportunities and facilitative experiences on a passionate-productive-compassionate level for their personal and professional growth so that they may become responsive and effective members of their communities in the larger society.
- To assist the student in making wise choices and sound decisions;
- To promote the best possible atmosphere for adjustment to college;
- To provide information regarding educational, social, personal and occupational areas;
- To mediate in areas of conflict between students and teachers or administrators;
- To aid students with personal, social and emotional difficulties.
GUIDANCE SERVICES AND TESTING SERVICES
This presents the different guidance services given to the Northwest Samar State University community to have a comprehensive detail of what the Guidance Office is all about. The following principles are formed to develop, establish, and maintain a Guidance Program.
The Guidance Program is an integral part of the educational system.
- Guidance is a fundamental and integral part of the educational system. It provides for the holistic development of the students.
- Education and guidance support and complement each other to maximize students’ growth and development.
- Administrative and faculty understanding and support of the Guidance Program are crucial to its success.
- Guidance personnel perform tasks distinct and separate from teaching and disciplining.
It is responsive to the students’ needs.
The Guidance Program addresses the developmental and adjustment needs of the students.
The Program considers the unique culture and climate of the specific population and environment it serves.
- Program offerings are based on regular, systematic assessment of the students’ needs and environment.
- Guidance is a continuous process throughout the person’s stay in school.Administrative and faculty understanding and support of the Guidance Program are crucial to its success.
- Guidance is a continuous process throughout the person’s stay in school.
- The Guidance team consists of the school counselor, psychologists, social workers, teachers, administrators and other educational professionals and staff who work together for the welfare of the students.
- The Guidance Program recognizes the need to provide objective evidence of accomplishments and the rationale for its continued existence.
It recognizes the student as an individual and is premised on the following:
- Every individual has needs that must be attended to.
- Guidance should be extended to all.
- Every individual is unique and possesses worth and dignity.
- Human beings can develop their own insights.
- All individuals have the right and capability to make decisions and plans.
The program is in the hands of qualified personnel.
- The school counselor is a role model of positive human relations.
- Professionally trained guidance personnel are indispensable for ensuring competence, leadership, and direction.
Northwest Samar State University Guidance and Testing Center shall be regulated by the policies and procedures contained in its Manual and by the over-all policies of the university.
1. Guidance Head
The Guidance Head is appointed by the University President and confirmed by the Board of Regents. He/she must be a licensed/registered Guidance Counselor and must have earned a master's degree in guidance and counseling with appropriate experience. He/she is accountable in implementing and monitoring the programs and services rendered by the office.
- Plans, organizes and coordinates the program of the office.
- Screens, interviews and recommends the hiring of the Guidance staff.
- Strategizes and gives enrichment activities for the Guidance staff.
- Properly implements the approved budget of the office.
- Prepares and consolidates monthly and annual reports for submission to the Director of Student Affairs.
- Supervises individual and group counseling as the need arises.
- Instigates research and guidance-oriented surveys.
- Convenes case conferences with Guidance Staff and other members of the academic community.
- Arranges appointments with specialists for students requiring special assistance.
- Assists the Director of Student Affairs in conducting orientation for new students.
- Supervises the Student Enhancement Programs to both college and high school.
- Assists, upon request, in the screening (through psychological assessment) of faculty and staff applicants.
- Conducts annual evaluation of the operational plan of each counselor with the help of needs assessments and program evaluation feedback.
- Provides data that may serve as inputs for student management and improve institutional strategies.
- Performs other related functions as may be assigned by the immediate supervisor or President.
2. Guidance Counselor
The Guidance Counselor is hired by the University President in consultation with the Hiring Committee (HRMO). He/she must also be a licensed/registered Guidance Counselor and must have earned a master's degree in guidance and counseling with appropriate experience.
- Handles individual and group counseling and case conferences/consultations with parents/guardians, guidance staff and members of the academic community.
- Plans activities in coordination with the Guidance Head and SAS Director.
- Collects and updates files and information about each student as a basis for appropriate and relevant guidance programs and services.
- Conducts interview sessions with students to help them explore, interpret, and develop personal/social/educational and realistic goals.
- Conducts academic performance monitoring of students referred by parents/guardians and faculty/staff.
- Organizes and prepares schedule of session/seminar/symposia/workshop in response to the student’s needs for their personal and academic worth.
- Facilitates and coordinates the enhancement programs of the students with the Guidance Head.
- Conducts exit interviews to assess graduates suitability for job opportunities and career plans.
- Conducts a survey to school leavers to consider their reasons for leaving the school and help evaluate the school for further improvements.
- Provides an evaluation tool for seminars and workshops given and conducts action research from the outcome to provide a more quality service to the students.
- Prepares and submits monthly and annual reports to the Guidance Head.
- Supervises the Peer Outreach Program by conducting training on basic facilitating and helping skills to give efficient services to their peers.
- Performs other related functions as may be assigned by the Guidance Head.
INDIVIDUAL INVENTORY SERVICE
The Guidance Office collects, records, processes and analyzes information from students/individuals. Such information is gained through the student information form, result of psychological test, student’s grades, etc. for better understanding of them.
This is dissemination of information through: Orientation for Freshmen, transferees, and returnees, Student Development Sessions, Peer Facilitator’s Training, Educational Sessions, Bulletin Board Displays, Announcements, and Brochures.
This is a provision of assistance and guidance in resolving personal, social, or psychological problems and difficulties by the counselors/advocates to help each individual become the person he/she is capable of becoming.
The referral can direct students with concerns on personal matters and well-being to a guidance counselor so that necessary and appropriate action and help is given. Referrals can be made by anyone (teachers, school personnel, parent/guardian, peers) who knows and has observed the student and wants to help.
To determine the causes of failures, behavioral problems and absences, the office keeps track of referred students in the form of motivational counseling. Asking for referrals from teachers, Interview of student referred, and sending letters to parents/guardians.
The Guidance Center administers, scores and interprets the result of psychological tests to help clients/students understand themselves at the same time to help the parents, teachers, counselors/advocates and administrators understand the students.
Educational Placement – course placement is undertaken to see to it that students take courses suited to their intellective and non-intellective capabilities. This is done through Enrollment Admission Testing, and Career Guidance Program. Job Placement – this is done through Job Hunting Seminars.
RESEARCH AND EVALUATION
It is run in selected Guidance activities to determine their functionality as a basis for future program refinements. The Guidance Office evaluates its programs and services for better performance and operations of the office.
Office Schedule and Contact Details
Office Address: 3rd Floor, SAS Building NwSSU Main Campus Rueda St., Calbayog City
Regular Office Schedule: Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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