Two Longford men are behind the publication of a new book which details guidance counselling services in Ireland since the 1980s.
Tommy Murray, a native of Lanesboro, and Tom Casey of Newtowncashel put pen to paper and created a memoir on guidance counselling - ‘Genesis of Professional Guidance Counselling’ - which was launched in Dublin on Friday, September 20 last.
The publication outlines the background to the interesting story of how Ireland provided an answer to the urgent need for an adequate guidance counselling service in the country’s second level schools during a time of great change in education.
“The arrival of this publication is timely as guidance counselling is under severe threat at present,” Mr Murray told the Leader. “In 2012, Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn effectively dismantled the service in our post primary schools by announcing the removal of all guidance personnel from ex-quota status. This ex-quota situation for guidance counsellors was there since 1972, but was tampered with by Gemma Hussey - the Minister for Education in 1983 - when only schools with 500 or more pupils could appoint a guidance counsellor outside the quota. Minister Quinn’s 2012 decision dealt a major body blow to this service at a time when students need increasing help, not only with career and educational decisions, but also help in acquiring a greater sense of identity and a greater resilience and dependence on self effort to cope with increasing change, and with the challenges of a more complex society today.”
‘Genesis of Professional Guidance Counselling retails at €25 and is available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com