Area Counsellors’ services facilitate the educational, personal, social and emotional development of elementary students in schools and in the community. Area Counsellors provide support to individual students, groups of students and classes in response to the current needs of the school and its students. They are a resource for families and provide consultation for school staff. They also liaise with District services and community agencies. Area Counsellors are teachers who have also completed a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology or a related field.
- counselling for individual students on a variety of personal and school issues
- developing students’ self awareness, self regulation, social awareness, social skills and problem solving skills
- supporting students and families in crisis
- targeting social skills or issues such as anxiety, grief or peer conflict through small group work
- supporting teachers’ implementation of District supported Social Responsibility and Diversity programs
- consulting and collaborating with other school and District staff including participation in School Based Team
- liaising with parents and community agencies to facilitate access to services and ensure ongoing communication with schools
- organizing and facilitating referrals for special education services, Grade 8 articulation and Alternative Program placement
- providing input into development of IEP's
- organizing and participating in case conferences
The referral process varies from school to school and may include referrals from students, staff, families and School Based Team. Parents are consulted in situations which may involve ongoing individual counselling or participation in a group.