How Counselling Works

"No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again" - Buddha

 

Counselling provides you with a safe and non-judgemental space to talk about and discuss any concerns you may have. All students are offered an Initial Assessment Appointment with a memeber of the counselling team, where their needs are assessed and a range of options will be explored. In addition to any Mental Health Issues you may be experiencing, you can talk about  personal problems or academic concerns that may be troubling you, in a private and confidential atmosphere.

How frequent are the sessions and how long does it take?

In the Intial Assessment Appointment, the counsellor will discuss your needs with you and then working with you offer you an option on the Step Care Model, which typically begins with psycho-educational materials and online supports. Another option that may be presented to you is a place on a workshop. More options on the step care model are online programmes. The final option available is a number of one to one sessions as appropriate. If you would like to engage in  long term therapy, the counsellor can give you a list of external therapists/ agencies available in Dublin for you to contact.

The Counselling Service also works closely with other student support services within DIT such as the Health Service and the Chaplaincy Service.

 

Confidentiality

The Student Counselling and Development Service respects the privacy, integrity and welfare of those with whom they work. All counsellors within the service operate within their professional Code of Ethics and strive to maintain confidentiality. However limits to this confidentiality exist in that counsellors are obliged to breach confidentiality in the following circumstances:

  • There is significant and imminent risk of suicide to the client, or a risk of harm to others.
  • There are reasonable concerns that a child or vulnerable adult is at risk of or has experienced neglect or abuse. In these cases the counsellor is obliged to report this to the relevant authority.
  • The counsellors records are supoenaed by law.

Client Information is stored on the counselling client management database, the Intake form, the Bookme system and the Google calendar. None of these systems are connected to other student management systems of DIT. Client written records and notes are kept in locked filing cabinets in the counselling room. All client data is destroyed after a period of 7 years. Client information may be shared among the counselling team in Case Management or supervisory context. All this information remains confidential  within the team or the supervisory environment.

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