Who qualifies for this service?
Students qualify for this service if they:
- encounter personal crisis
- encounter difficulties adapting to the learning environment
- are designated according to the Ministry of Education behaviour criteria
- experience emotional, social, or behaviour concerns which significantly interfere with their ability to function appropriately at school
- experience mental health issues
Who provides the service?
Description of staff qualifications:
- certification from the BC College of Teachers
- a master’s degree in counselling psychology or a related discipline with a focus in counselling
How is the service provided?
Elementary counsellors may:
- provide short-term individual counselling addressing emotional, social, and/or behavioural concerns
- instruct small groups or classes on topics such as social skills, bullying, anger management
- meet regularly as members of school-based teams to assist in problem solving and provide awareness of issues that may affect the academic and social/emotional development of students
- collect behavioural information and complete initial behavioural screening when considering Ministry behaviour designation for a student
- consult with parents and school staff regarding student counselling needs and/or behaviour issues
- consult with district-based personnel
- develop and monitor Behaviour Support Plans (BSPs) in collaboration with teachers, parents, and students
- refer to and consult with community service providers may serve as member of the post critical intervention response team (P-CIRT)