Secondary School Counselling
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.
Student learning support services are focused on strengthening academic skills within the context of a student’s emotional, social, and cognitive development. Our students are encouraged to take control of their learning and grow in independence and self-advocacy. The level of support varies as a student matures and the curriculum demands change. Our approach is assessment driven.
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.