The Guidance Office celebrated its Ruby Anniversary last December 1 – 4, 1998. The theme carried was “40 years of Ora et Labora and Moving On.”
Spearheaded by then newly appointed Guidance Director, Mrs. Ma. Socorro M. del Rosario, the Guidance Department launched its Crisis Counseling Center last December 4, 1998 and celebrated the department’s ruby anniversary with a grand reunion of guidance counselors and personnel held at the Caridad Barrion Hall.
One of the major events of the four-day affair, was the inaugural professorial lecture of Dr. Imelda Villar on “Homosexuality: MSM and WSW” held last December 4. This was followed by the launching of Dr. Villar’s book Self Empowerment through Anger and Burnout Management, published by the Research and Academic Development (RAD) office of St. Scholastica’s College.
The Crisis Counseling Center has been established in response to the growing concerns on family violence and issues against women and children. Thus, it is aimed to assist and empower SSC students, faculty and staff in their fight against any form of violence and harassment committed against them. The center provides services like personal or hotline counseling and legal or medical assistance through its linkages to a network of lawyers and doctors.
Named as “The Ligouri’ Center” in honor of Sr. Liguori, OSB, a Benedictine nun who established the Guidance Office in 1958, the center endeavored to provide premium service to their counselees. With this in mind, the guidance counselors underwent major preparations to further enhance their skills in performing their roles in the counseling center.
One of their preparations was to undergo intensive training and seminars on issues like gender sensitivity, feminist counseling, family violence and women development. These were provided by organizations like the Women Crisis Center (WCC), Kababaihan Laban Sa Karahasan (Kalakasan) and the Emmaus Center which all helped in giving light to the said sensitive issues. Exposure trips to several other crisis counseling centers were also held to observe the counseling services they offer.
However, during the school years 2004 to 2006, the guidance office was decentralized, in the absence of a Guidance Director. While administratively under the Head of Administrative Offices and/or the Human Resources Department, the guidance counselors functionally reported to their respected unit heads such as the grade school and high school principals and their respective college / academic deans. They continued to be led by their level guidance coordinators.