The Role of the School Counsellor in the South Shore Regional School Board


The primary mandate of a school counsellor is to act as an advocate for all students from primary to grade twelve by creating a caring environment that supports their personal, social, career and educational needs.

Comprehensive Guidance and Counselling

The Nova Scotia Department of Education has recognized that guidance and counselling should be offered as a multi-faceted total school program rather than as a position occupied by a counsellor. 

Students, parents and staff are consulted to determine the guidance and counselling needs of the students.  These needs are then prioritized through collaboration with staff, students, parents, and other stakeholders and a guidance program is developed for each school.

The program provides direction by assisting students to acquire knowledge, attitudes, strategies, and skills in the four program domains:

To understand and appreciate oneself

To relate effectively to others

To develop appropriate educational plans

To develop life and career plans

 Within these Domains, we offer the following services:

 Program Components

 I   Professional Services
         Provide services that support the personal, social, educational, and career development of all students.
         Collaborate with school staff regarding students' academic, social, emotional and developmental needs.
         Counselling with individuals, groups and families.
         Critical incident response.
         Referrals to community agencies.
         Work closely with families.
         Member of the critical incident team at the school/Board levels.
         Maintain professional competence by taking advantage of professional development opportunities.

 II   Guidance Curriculum
         Visit classes to offer group information and/or training sessions.
         Provide resources to teachers, parents, students, and other stakeholders to effectively deliver guidance-related curriculum.

 III   Life/Career Planning
         Promote, plan, and implement prevention programs, career/college activities, course selection and placement activities, social/personal management and decision-making activities.
         Expose students to experiences that will broaden their career awareness and knowledge.

IV   Program Management & System Support
         Collaborate with all school personnel to establish a plan for the implementation of the comprehensive guidance and counselling program.


         Maintain note taking, record keeping with respect to counselling case files and counselling roster, transcripts, and credit checks.
         Be part of a professional learning community (i.e., PEBS, accreditation, program planning, etc.)
         Attend meetings related to guidance issues.
         Establish and maintain a guidance information centre.