DkIT sponsors IGC National Conference and AGM.

The Institute of Guidance Counsellors recently held the official launch of their National Conference and AGM. The National Conference and AGM, part sponsored by Dundalk Institute of Technology, was launched by Paraic Duffy, Director General of the Gaelic Athletic Association and former guidance counsellor. The conference will be held at the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, County Meath and will run for three days, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of March 2012.

The important event is called, "Routes to the Future" and consists of workshops and lectures that work towards enhancing and improving the work of Guidance Counsellors. There are 27 workshops scheduled, and each is directed towards a specialised area in the work of Guidance Counsellors.

Guidance Counsellors enable young people to make informed decisions helping them make the most of their future. A number of DkIT will be involved in providing workshops. The IGC conference and AGM does not only focus on young people but has a specific workshop to prepare mature students for the physical and mental challenges they face by returning to education. Gertie Raferty, Student Counsellor at Dundalk Institute of Technology will be running this workshop. "Fear and Trembling".

Ann Heelan, former teacher at DKIT and Executive Director of AHEAD, the Association of Higher Education Access and Disability, will be holding a workshop on AHEAD. This national association work to assist people with disabilities through the change from second to third level education and constantly work towards making the process as easy as possible for those involved.

Organisers of the National Conference expect an exceptional turn out this year of over 500 attendees. Dundalk Institute of Technology School Liaison Officer, Diarmuid Cahill stated, "DkIT are very proud to be involved with the 2012 IGC National Conference and AGM which this year is being hosted by the North East