In the Junior School, the counsellor works with children from a child-centred perspective, which means that each child is unique and is viewed according to his or her developmental level. A strong belief in the child’s ability to actualize self is nurtured and appreciated.
In the Secondary School, counselling is seen as a collaborative process in which counsellor and students work together to define and follow through with a personal improvement plan. This work stems from the notion that healthy adjustment occurs when a person’s strengths and positive personal qualities are recognized as the basis for growth.
Counselling services include:
- Support of the pastoral care program
- Behaviour management support
- Individual personal counselling
- Group counselling
- Social skills training
- Group guidance lessons in classrooms
- Parent consultations
- Staff in-service
Active family involvement is sought, although in some cases it may not be required. Parental permission is, in most cases, obtained by counsellors when working with students during the school day. Counsellors provide school-wide classroom guidance lessons based on an age-appropriate, sequential curriculum. These lessons rest on the belief that education and prevention are key elements in the promotion of individual and school community well-being, and that all students should have access to the counselling program.