The Guidance Center envisions being the leading unit of the College in the holistic development of an individual, inspiring the youth see their inner potential and induce positive outlook in life.
As a resource of the College, it endeavors to assist the individual in finding meaning to his/her existence with the nurturance of the mind, body, and spirit upholding the College’s fervor for faith, service, and character.
To achieve its vision, the Guidance Center commits itself in the holistic development of the individual through:
- providing adequate assistance to those students who need help in the adjustment to their academic undertaking;
- enhancing self-awareness and upholding moral values anchored to the spiritual growth;
- embed the Guidance program in the academic life of the students in the development of his/her personhood; and
- helping the individual cope with the demands of the fast changing world.
OBJECTIVES of the Guidance Programs
- To gather and update individual student’s information and place this in his/her respective cumulative record to be readily available when needed for the purpose of getting an initial background of the student.
- To make the students aware and well-informed about the issues and events happening inside and outside the school.
- To assist students coming from different home background in adjusting to school life, in choosing their career, and in developing themselves through counseling.
- To select student applicants for enrolment through testing and conduct personality tests to aid in making right analysis and interpretation of the students’ attitudes and behavior.
- To guide the students in their quest for the right job and career and follow them up in coordination with the alumni association of Southern Christian College.
- To evaluate the activities implemented by the Guidance and Counseling Office for the improvement of its program.
SERVICES OF THE GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING OFFICE
THE INDIVIDUAL INVENTORY SERVICE
The office gathers gather Individual students’ profile annually and place them in their cumulative record folder. This is designed to enable the school counselor to be aware of the students’ personal and family background, academic performance and personal growth. This will serve as the students’ personal profile, which will be made available when needed.
THE INFORMATION/ORIENTATION SERVICE
The Guidance office also helps to make the students be aware and well-informed citizens. This is designed to enable students to be knowledgeable about the school, the people around them, and the issues/events that are happening nationwide.
THE COUNSELING SERVICE
This is a service that, with the help of other guidance services, that will help the students through a purposeful, and reciprocal relationship between him/her and a trained counselor to change him/herself, solve his/her problems and enhance effective education, growth, and self-actualization. This is the core and central part of the guidance program. Counseling may be by individual or group.
THE TESTING SERVICE
Testing serves as one of the determinants for high school and college admission. Testing service is also used for informational purposes to help both the counselor and the client gain better plan of action for the development of the self.
ACADEMIC FOLLOW-UP SERVICE
This service helps students who are facing problems with their academic performance. Through this service, the Guidance Counselor will assist the student to find solution to his/her problems in finding out the reason for incurring such failures and INC’s in his/her grades. This is one of the central responsibilities of the guidance program.
THE EVALUATION AND RESEARCH SERVICE
This is an assessment of the services offered by the guidance and counseling office for the attainment of the program goals. Research services can help update relevant issues concerning student’s needs. This will also help improve the guidance program to make it effective and workable. Evaluation and research works in the office is done in coordination with the Research Center
OTHER PROGRAMS OF THE GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING OFFICE
It is one of the contemporary approaches of counseling. It helps either group or individual students’ concerns through their peers or classmates. It involves elementary, high school and college pupils/ students. Peer counselors are trained to handle counseling with their fellow students.
It is designed to discuss non-academic concerns because academic activities are very well attended so the Guidance office believes that non-academic activities are also worthy to be considered in developing individual student.
STUDENT ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (SEP)
Student Enhancement Program is conducted every semester for all freshmen. Small groups of first year male and female have to meet with their respective PEERLink facilitator for an hour session with a minimum of 5 sessions within the semester. This program is required to all incoming freshmen. Topics for discussion are included in the student SAS (Student Affairs Services) Card. Topics in the sessions include adjustment problems, communication skills, study habit skills, test anxiety, stress reduction, diversity, time management, personal and campus safety, HIV/AIDS, personality development, etc.
CAREER JOBS FAIR
This is under the Career Education Program of the Guidance and Counseling Office. Career Jobs Fair is provided to all graduation students as part of their preparation to the world of work. Graduating students are given the chance to present themselves by sending in their application letters and resumé, and by actual interview. This will allow them to experience what it is to apply and be interviewed.
The Guidance and Counseling Office liaise with the Department of Labor and Employment-Philippine Employment Service Office (DOLE-PESO) for updates and information about the trends in the labor market that would tremendously affect the students who will eventually be joining the labor force in the country and abroad. This is also a good venue for networking and pooling of resources from both the Guidance and Counseling Office and DOLE-PESO for any career related activities conducted by both office.
ORGANIZATION OF THE GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING PROGRAM
The President is the chief executive officer and reports to the Board of Trustees. The Vice President for Academic Affairs reports to the President on matters related to the academic program and support services of the College, such as guidance programs and activities.
The Director of Student Affairs and Services manages and coordinates a whole range of services pertaining to students which include sports and athletics, student organizations, student publication, student councils, etc. He or she reports to the VP for Academic Affairs. The Student Affairs and Services Director works in coordination with the Chaplain, Academic Deans and Principals in activities involving the students.
The Guidance and Counseling Office is headed by the Guidance Head who supervises and manages the work in the office. Under the Guidance Head are the Guidance Counselors of the different departments of the College. The Guidance Head reports to the SAS Director regarding the delivery of guidance services. He/she is assisted by the Guidance Committee in formulating policies and programs to improve the guidance services of the college. He/she also heads the networking with the various government and non-government offices e.g. DOLE-PESO, DOLE-NCMB, Center for Educational Measurement (CEM), LGU-Midsayap, etc.
The Guidance Counselors work in coordination with the deans/principals, registrar, school nurse, and Human Resource Officer. He/she reports to the Guidance Head regarding the delivery of guidance services. The Guidance Counselors are assisted by Peer Counselors and Work Student Assistants in the delivery of their work, e.g. symposium, conducting PEP, referrals of their peers for counseling, etc.
The Homeroom Advisers and the Peer Counselors assist students’ concerns in the classroom and refer the same students to the Guidance Counselor in cases of problems that needs special attention. Homeroom Guidance and Peer Counseling functions are under the Guidance Program of the College.
Guidance is the assistance that the school gives to the students; it includes six basic guidance services such as: (1) Students’ Individual Inventory; (2) Information/Orientation Service; (3) Counseling Service; (4) Testing Service; (5) Academic Follow-up; and, (6) Research and Evaluation Service.