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Student Counselling and Career Development (SCCD) Services in Southern Africa. Presentation: 23 May 2007. Development of SCCD in South Africa. SCCD started in South Africa in the late sixties/early seventies Developed from purely counselling orientation to a multidisciplinary profession

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student counselling and career development sccd services in southern africa

Student Counselling and Career Development (SCCD) Services in Southern Africa

Presentation: 23 May 2007

development of sccd in south africa
Development of SCCD in South Africa
  • SCCD started in South Africa in the late sixties/early seventies
  • Developed from purely counselling orientation to a multidisciplinary profession
  • Currently represented at all universities and other higher education institutions
  • Mergers have brought about changes in the nature of SCCD.
  • SSCSA – professional society representing all South African and African members.
situating student counselling and career development services sccd in the academy
Situating Student Counselling and Career Development Services (SCCD) in the Academy.
  • SCCD is regarded as a primary support service collaboratively engaged in efforts to increase student retention and throughput.
  • Academic performance is dependent on
    • goal direction = career development
    • academic skills = thinking and study skills
    • Wellness = orientation and personal/life skills development
situating sccd in the institutional domain
Situating SCCD in the Institutional Domain
  • The situation of SCCD units in the organisational structures vary from one institution to another i.e. some are independent units reporting to Chief Directors or Vice Principals
  • Other are situated in student affairs divisions and report to Deans of Students
  • Model favoured by directors of units is one of functional independence with direct links to the academy.
  • SCCD is always cognisant of the need to work collaboratively with all sectors of higher education.
staffing
Staffing
  • Staffing differs according to the range of services offered by the units.
  • Staff may be representative of professionals from the following disciplines:
    • Registered Psychologists
    • Educationalists
    • Social workers
    • Health professionals eg nurses
    • Librarians or resource managers
    • Researchers
    • Career counsellors
    • Counsellors for students with special needs
    • RPL advisors
core competencies of sccd staff
Core competencies of SCCD staff
  • Counselling and therapy
  • Career development
  • Student development
  • Academic and learning skills
  • Advocacy and consultation
  • Research
  • Training
  • Assessment
  • Community outreach
  • Knowledge of students and student cultures
  • Programme development
  • Leadership and management