The University Guidance Center (UGC)

In consonance with the vision and goals of the university, which is academic excellence, Board Resolution No. 923 dated August 24, 1982 then established the University Guidance Center. This office extends the following: provide guidance and counseling service to students and other members of the PLM academic community, information service, research, testing service that includes admission tests for the College of Law and other tests, and student development programs in the form of trainings, seminars, and fora.

The overwhelming number of applicants who undergo testing (i.e., incoming freshmen, transferees, shifters, faculty for promotion, job applicants, etc.) and the construction, development, and validation of new tests is very tedious so much so that there is a need to create an office responsible for such.

The University Guidance Center complements the Office of Student Development and Services in delivering services to the students. The center specifically provides guidance, support, and counseling to all students as well as faculty members and other employees. Likewise, the testing services are made available for screening, hiring, assessing and recommending the possible personnel that suit the job position in order to maximize the potentials of this personnel in the service of the public.

The mission-vision of the University Guidance Center is also anchored on the university's mission-vision, that is, a caring university.

Specifically, the guidance counselors/specialists would base their direction towards the following guidance and counseling principles:
1. Clients are genuinely respected regardless of their idiosyncrasies, beliefs, racial background, and educational attainments.
2. Clients possess the "spark of lights", the innate goodness in the heart since they are made in the image of God.
3. Positive regards for the clients help them grow to become more productive and to be free to continue becoming the authority of one's own living.
4. Primordial in the therapeutic practice is an understanding of what it means to be human.

Services Offered

Counseling Services

This is considered as the "heart and soul" of the guidance program. This service aims to assist students in gaining deeper self-understanding and awareness of one's problems and the effective use of the decision process by formulating alternatives and projecting consequences of each that allow students to review critically what has taken place and makes provision for future meetings if needed.

Different approaches, skills and theories are implemented by counselors because people and situations are different. Sometimes one or the other is best, and sometimes the combination of techniques produces the most benefit. These counseling services are the following:

1. Individual Counseling
2. Group Counseling
3. Family Counseling
4. Counseling Special Cases

Testing Services
In many educational institutions as well as employment offices, tests are probably the most widely used specialized techniques in guidance. Tests will be useful as a guidance tool if combined with appropriate planning for individual development. Tests provide "information in meaningful terms through quantitative description".

These services cover the administration, scoring, interpreting and evaluating results of selected tests such as:
1. Admission Tests
2. Intelligence Tests
- Individual Intelligence Tests
- Group Intelligence Tests
3. Aptitude Tests
4. Interest Tests
5. Personality Tests
6. Projective Tests
7. Special Tests

Student Inventory Record
This is a continuous process of accumulating, recording and utilizing information on each student for guidance and counseling purposes and for obtaining a complete picture of the individual.

These are programs designed to help students discover their innate ability and talents as well as develop their emotional intelligence. One such concrete program is the "Peer Facilitator Training Seminar" held annually during the students' first semestral break at the Boy Scout Jamboree Site, Mt. Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna, an ideal place to maintain an ambiance conducive to training and has facilities that exactly meet the training requirements especially for group dynamics and group processing. The peer facilitators undergo learning sessions to equip them with the facilitative skills as para-counselors in their respective colleges they represent.

Symposiums and fora are organized as information programs to tackle important life issues like love, dating and marriage; natural family planning; abortion and contraceptive methods; gender issues and other relevant topics affecting the life of a person.

Placement & Career Services
Graduating students are prepared by the series of career talks by experts in the different field of occupational endeavors. They are coached on how to write an application letter, resume and the development of self-confidence in facing interview by the prospective employer.

An annual Job Fair and In-Campus Recruitment is organized where educational and medical institutions, industrial, commercial, and technical companies are invited to screen, evaluate, and accept the graduating students as job applicants.

The Career Development Awareness Program generally aims to:
1. To provide potential employment/jobs across different colleges and universities.
2. To provide information on the company profiles so that students can choose the industry and company that will match their academic preparation.
3. To provide a channel that will help the graduating students understand the present condition of employment in the country.
4. To impart to students the new trends of hiring requirements in different industries.

Research Services

Research capabilities of the guidance center are conducted in conjunction with relevant educational studies like students' delinquency problems, teenage pregnancy, faculty-student relationship and others. Researches help bridge the gap that currently exists between theories and practice in counseling. Results and findings in research will serve as guideposts for guidance and educational planning.