Guidance & Counselling
The mission of the Department of Psychology, Counselling and Allied Services of The Mico University College is to provide quality academic and quality guidance training to a diverse student population to promote professional guidance counsellors in the classroom.
In tandem with the Mission of the University College to provide quality teacher education and development, the Department of Psychology, Counselling and Allied Services undertakes to produce professional Guidance Counsellors for the education system, and to promote the development of valued competencies and behaviours essential to the maintenance of a progressive society. In addition to its core business of offering degrees at the bachelor's and master's level; as well as certificate (short) courses, the Department is consistent with the wider vision of the University College as it pertains to the provision of superior service to the community. The department is aware of and is responding to new governmental policy directions and the importance of quality education in the preparation of guidance counsellors for the classroom.
Currently in its 21st year, the Department of Psychology, Counselling, and Allied Services, previously Department of Guidance and Counselling, is housed on the Manhattan Road location of the Mico University campus. The Department is staffed by eight full-time counsellor educators, a number of part-time lecturers, and an adjunct member based in New York who coordinates overseas summer practicum experiences. The Mico Youth Counselling Research and Development Centre, a counseling laboratory and outreach programme initiated by the Department, is housed in the same facility. The Centre caters to referred students from external agencies/sources, such as, the Family Court, schools, Child Development Agency (CDA), National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) and Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).
The Department interfaces with most students in attendance at the college, by offering a minor in guidance and counselling and several elective courses. Additionally, the Department facilitates workshops and seminars, while faculty serves as counselling resource persons for schools, and other organizations /institutions. Staff members also share their expertise by serving on committees under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, churches and organizations that target societal issues, e.g., National Council on Drug Abuse.