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21 November 2017

IGC Conference Launch – DCU 21st November 2017

Four hundred and fifty (450) or more Guidance Counsellors from all over Ireland are expected to attend the forthcoming Institute of Guidance Counsellors National Conference which takes place in DCU on Friday 2nd March and Saturday 3rd March 2018.  

This year’s conference is being hosted by the Dublin North Branch of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.  The conference was launched in Dublin City University, All Hallow’s Campus on Tuesday 21st November by Mr Paul King, DCU. The main sponsor of the Conference is DCU with supporting sponsors SOLAS and National University of Ireland, Maynooth.   Ms. Maureen O’Sullivan, T.D. was guest of honour and officially opened the conference. She spoke about the importance of guidance for all throughout the lifespan, reflecting the conference theme Guidance Counselling – Flourishing in a Diverse Society.

Speaking at the conference launch, conference Chairperson Dorothy Ryan extended a very warm welcome to all on behalf of the Dublin North Branch of the IGC.  She spoke about the conference theme, Guidance Counselling – Flourishing in a Diverse Society – which is based on the nine grounds in the Equal Status Act. She said that “our wish for the conference is that all members of the IGC would flourish by finding the joy of losing themselves in everything they do, especially in their guidance counselling practices”.

National President Beatrice Dooley said:  “The IGC are exceptionally proud to support the conference theme:  Guidance Counselling – Flourishing in a Diverse Society – a theme which resonates with guidance counsellors nationwide who act as advocates for job seekers from second level students to the post retirement labour market.  Our students/clients come from all socio-economic categories, ages, a growing number of different nationalities and religions.  They struggle with disabilities, learning difficulties, gender issues and sexual orientation.  Our job is to support them through emotional turmoil and personal challenges, to guide them into gainful employment and to teach them how to navigate a rapidly evolving labour market where flexibility and resilience are the order of the day and there is no such thing as a job for life.

The excellent range of CPD on offer through this year’s conference workshops and the inspirational speakers will serve to motivate and energise guidance counsellors to continue with their significant contribution to the self-actualisation of job seekers across the lifespan in this altruistic and highly rewarding profession.  We are indebted to DCU for their hospitality and generosity as hosts of our annual conference this year”.