BASIC GUIDANCE SERVICES

Below are Guidance Services Provided to Students in School:

Counseling Service (CS)
It is a service wherein competent staff in the Counseling and Testing Office (CTO) as well as trained peer counselors  assist individual students or a group toward better understanding of himself/themselves and his/their environment.  It encourages him/them to satisfactory adjustment or acceptable resolution of problems he/she encounters.

Individual Inventory Service (IIS)
This service pertains to the activity of gathering data about the students to enable the counselors, professors and administrators to understand the student better before counseling is conducted.  It is a cumulative record of personal, family and educational data from birth to present.  Information such as student’s family background, mental ability, interest, aptitude, achievement, personality traits and health condition serve as the key to the counseling activity upon which personal assistance is based.  The cumulative record is kept during the duration of the student’s studies in the polytechnic until five years after his/her graduation.

Psychological Testing Service (PTS)
It refers to the administration, scoring and interpretation of psychological tests to individual or group of students used to assess his/their behavioral tendencies.  Psychological tests are also used as tools in counseling students.

Follow-up Service (FS)
Follow up sessions are conducted among students who are counseled, referred by faculty, administrators and other polytechnic staff.  The follow-up service ensures that the student has learned appropriate behaviors and decisions regarding his/her problem or need.
Career Development and Placement Service (CDPS)
This service takes care of assisting students in their career decision-making from knowing their abilities and potential, providing them information regarding the polytechnic course offerings and requirements, information on job trends, job referrals and employment opportunities.

Information Service (IS)
This service makes available to students certain kinds of information not ordinarily provided through classroom instruction.  It enables the counselor to give important facts concerning personal, social and educational adjustment.  It includes the orientation among Freshmen and incoming students, workshops, seminars and community extension services to disseminate information on the relevance of the Guidance Services to students’ adjustment and academic life as well as to provide information to ensure maximum welfare of students.

Research and Evaluation Service (RES)
A service which consists of the conduct of researches on student’s UPCAT scores, psychological test results, values, attitudes and the evaluation of the basic guidance services at the end of the school year.

To implement these basic guidance services the following guidance programs are regularly conducted by the Counseling and Testing Office (CTO) among students:

1.    Personal Counseling (PC)

Offers counseling, problem-solving, and decision-making sessions with students.

a. Group Counseling – is arranged when students have common concerns and difficulties and are seen to benefit from a group relationship.

b. Individual Counseling – is conducted among referred counselees, those who voluntarily request for individual counseling and those with special needs and difficulties that need follow-up on a long term basis.

c. Peer Counseling – is conducted among students by trained students with listening and encouraging skills.
2. The Information Service is delivered to the students through the following programs:
2.1 Students Routine Interview (SRI)

All freshmen and student transferees are invited for an individual interview with their designated counselors to establish rapport with them and to gather information regarding their academic and personal adjustment concerns.

2.2 Readmission Evaluation Interview (REI)

A service provided to all readmitted students to assess reasons of failure and initiate appropriate recommendation to Faculty and the Dean of Students and to monitor the students’ study plan.

2.3 Exit Interview (EI)

Conducted among dismissed or graduating students transferring to other colleges or polytechnic, on optional basis. It is designed to find out their insights regarding their academic and personal life in the polytechnic as well as to get recommendations to incoming students.

3. Psycho-Social Development program (PSDP)

All freshmen are enjoined top attend a weekly session with the Guidance Services Specialist on topics concerning their educational, social, emotional, and psychological adjustment in the polytechnic.  This program is conducted in coordination with the Learning Resource Center which provides the module and direction of the sessions.  PSDP also provides incoming students an opportunity to learn about the vision, mission, goals of U.P., its values and ideals.

4. Peer Counseling Program (PCP)

This program will provide opportunities to any U.P. students who has the interest, capability and availability to assist his peer or fellow students to improve his/her social functioning or to help him/her cope with his/her problems.  Qualified students are provided with training on self-development and counseling strategies by the Counseling and Testing Office.

5. Psychological Testing Program (PTP)

All freshmen and interested upperclassmen are provided testing on any psychological test, mental ability, aptitude, interest and personality on an optional basis.  Students who are shifting courses or are applying for readmission are required to take aptitude and interest tests.  Those who are in the academic delinquent list are tested on study habits and mental ability.

6. Job Fair Program (JFP)

All graduating students are enjoined to learn tips on applying for a job and are prospective employers before they graduate from the Polytechnic.

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