PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING AND GUIDANCE SERVICE
Private ENKA Technical Schools Psychological Counselling and Guidance Service has adopted a preventive guidance approach and therefore aims to follow a model that attaches importance to education and development.
It aims to help students to:
– Understand themselves and their current situations properly,
– Establish a good balance between their personal values and the expectations of society,
– Express their feelings and thoughts well,
– Become healthy, sensitive and creative, and derive pleasure from working hard.
WORK WITH STUDENTS
Adaptation work: Students are expected to learn about the school and its departments, facilities and administrators. They are expected to learn the rules of the school.
“Getting to know each other”: Using various techniques, activities are conducted to get to know the students, and help them to know themselves better. Tools (tests, questionnaires, inventories) are used which have a high degree of measurability in terms of validity and reliability.
Individual and Group Psychological Counselling: Students can request individual meetings with the psychological counselling and guidance department about any subject they need to discuss. Meetings are held by appointment. Based on information received from the student, teachers, the family and his or her own observation, a psychological counsellor may invite a student to attend an individual meeting.
Work to determine and define students’ problems: The following tests are carried out:
- Beier Sentence Completion Test
- Burdon Attention Test
- Problem Scanning Inventory
- Test Anxiety Inventory
- Academic Self-Esteem Scale
- Vocational Maturity Scale
Classroom Guidance Activities/Classroom Observation: According to the secondary education guidance class programme, the counsellor guides activities prepared by the class teacher, participates in the class as an observer or conducts activities herself/himself.
Seminars: These are seminars on topics like:
- Introduction to occupations
- Studying efficiently
- Examination anxiety and how to overcome it
- Information about the University Entrance Examinations (ÖSYS)
- These seminars are given by the psychological counsellor or by experts invited to the school.
Provision of information about educational institutions
Visits to universities: Trips are organized to provide students with in-depth information about universities in order to help them determine their aims. These trips are organised every year for 11th graders.
Presentations of universities: Students are informed about universities and their departments by visiting university representatives and by means of introductory CDs.
Workplace visits: Workplace visits are carried out with the aim of informing students about jobs, internship environments, and working conditions, and enabling them to observe these conditions on site.
Vocational guidance: Members of different professions are invited to the school to provide students with information about careers.
Bulletin boards: A bulletin board is prepared presenting jobs and their characteristics.
WORK WITH PARENTS
Meetings are held with parents to provide them with feedback about students’ personal, social, academic and career development.
Parental contact meetings: Meetings are held with the aim of informing parents about issues such as “Adolescence”, “Choice of Profession”, “Introducing the ÖSYS” and “Parents’ Approaches in the Process of Exam Preparation”.
Individual interviews: Where needed, parents may request a guidance interview by making an appointment with the Psychological Counselling and Guidance Service.
Seminars: These are seminars carried out by invited experts in line with any needs that arise. Subjects covered may include “Psychological Conditions for Efficient Study”, “Being the Parent of a Child Preparing for Examination” and “Communicating with an Adolescent”.
Informative brochures and bulletins: Informative brochures and bulletins are prepared for parents in areas where they may need help in supporting the students appropriately in their education. Subjects may include communications issues and matters related to students’ developmental status (physical, social and emotional).
WORK WITH TEACHERS
Individual interviews: Where necessary, teachers may request counselling by making an appointment with the Psychological Counselling and Guidance Service.
Seminars: Educational programmes are planned in line with the needs of the teachers. Experts are invited to conduct these educational programmes.
Counselling: Once a month, interviews are carried out with classroom teachers to evaluate the academic and emotional situations of their students. During these interviews, teachers share their observations with a view to enhancing the relevance of preventive counselling work.
OTHER GUIDANCE ACTIVITIES
The Psychological Counselling and Guidance Service provides guidance to students with respect to “Democracy Education and the Student Council”, “Distribution of Students Among School Clubs”, “Peer Coaching” and “Rewards and Discipline”.
The Psychological Counselling and Guidance Service held a meeting at the beginning of the school year in order to introduce the new students and their peer coaches and to help the newcomers to adapt to the school.
WORKSHOPS FOR NEW PARENTS
Workshops on Adolescent Developmental Stages and their Characteristics, Adolescence and Parental Attitudes and Substance Abuse have been organised for new parents in our schools.
The Psychological Counselling and Guidance Service organised a Careers Day on December 14th, 2016.
19 academics from Gebze Technical University and Kocaeli University visited the school. Three sessions were held between 13:30 and 16:00. Each session lasted 40 minutes and students chose which session to attend in accordance with their own interests. The visitors were assisted by representatives of the Student Council and the Disciplinary Committee. We would like to thank all of the visitors.
ÖSYS PARENTS INFORMATION WORKSHOP
A workshop was held to provide parents of students in 12th grade with information about the university entrance examination (ÖSYS).
ÖSYS PRE-EXAMINATION INFORMATION SEMINAR
A presentation was made to our 12th grade students in advance of the university entrance examination (ÖSYS).