by Jane C. Mangalus
Counselors are an integral part of the learning community as they share the same pedagogy as those of educators. They guide students in aiming for academic excellence, exhibiting positive behavior, and being aware of ethical standards. They also help them assess apt career paths. To render more professional service, the University’s guidance counselors strive to advance their knowledge and experience.
Recently, three of them hurdled the Guidance Counselor Licensure Examination held at Manuel L. Quezon University from Aug. 21-22, 2008. Janice Triguero reaped the 8th spot—sharing it with Fr. Joselito Sarabia, C.M, a Vincentian priest assigned at the St. Vincent School of Theology in Tandang Sora. Quezon City.
The other two AdU counselors are Leah Bacosa and Lovelyn Papas. The nationwide examination had 84 passers out of 140 examinees. Administered by the Professional Regulatory Board of Guidance and Counseling, the exam covered Counseling Theories, Tools, and Techniques; Group Process Foundations of Guidance; Career Guidance; Psychological Testing; and Organization, Administrations, and Supervision of Guidance Services and Program Development . R.A. No. 9258—or the Guidance Act of 2004—prompts all guidance counselors to secure a license up until early next year. Non-compliance of this law shall prohibit the practitioner from doing professional counseling.
Triguero, 27, graduated from St. Joseph’s College-Q.C. with a B.S in Psychology degree; she finished her M.A. Guidance & Counseling in the University of Sto. Tomas in March 2007.
“ I only did self-study for a month as there are no review centers. This is the very first licensure exam for Guidance Counselors,” shared Janice.
Meanwhile, senior guidance counselors of the University namely, Dr. Angelina Miranda, Mr. Richmond Yap, and Ms. Susan Mondano qualified for the Grandfather Clause—which means they are exempted from taking the licensure exam.