What do School Counsellors do?
School Counsellors work in partnership with the school staff, parents, and the community to help students have a more positive and successful school experience. The primary focus of the school counselling and guidance program at the primary/elementary level is prevention. School Counsellors work with ALL students and our goal is to help empower students with self-knowledge, positive interpersonal skills, and coping strategies for the issues that elementary children typically face.
Our aim is:
• To consult with other professionals in their assessment of students.
• To refer students and/or families to appropriate services and community agencies and to liaise between school and community agencies.
• To consult and support teachers during the Pre-referral stage on emotional, behavioral, personal, social, career and transition related issues.
• To conduct comprehensive and individual assessment of students and follow procedures for informed parental consent.
• To summarize assessment findings in a written report that will be kept in the student’s confidential file and shared with the program planning team, including the parent/guardian and when appropriate, the student.
• To maintain appropriate records for each student for whom they are providing a direct or consultative service.
• To assist staff with the delivery of school wide programs.
• To assist with the transfer of students and all relevant information for students with exceptionalities.
• To remain current concerning the changing trends, resources and programs in guidance and counselling.
• To present data on the child’s strengths and needs at the support services planning meeting or provide a written or oral report to an ISSP/IEP team representative.
• To advise on strategies, curriculum approaches, services and supports, which may be accessed by the child/youth.
• To monitor and record the child’s/youth’s progress as determined by the program planning team.
• To assist in writing and implementing any educational component for which s/he has been assigned responsibility.
• To provide advice, resources and/or support, in areas of expertise, to others involved in writing the ISSP/IEP.
• To assist students with exceptionalities at transition stages (elementary/intermediate/senior high/post secondary) by providing them with required information and support to facilitate the transition.
•To participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of behavioral management plans for students who present with emotional/behavioral, learning, and/or motivational difficulties.