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.
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
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
The program provides direction by
assisting students to acquire knowledge, attitudes, strategies, and skills in
the four program domains:
and appreciate oneself
effectively to others
To develop appropriate educational plans
life and career plans
these Domains, we offer the following 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.
Visit classes to offer group information
and/or training sessions.
Provide resources to teachers,
parents, students, and other stakeholders to effectively deliver
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.
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
Establish and maintain a guidance