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Central Okanagan Public Schools
SD No. 23
Together We Learn
Elementary Counselling

​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)