Elementary School Counsellors are itinerants who are assigned to multiple schools. The itinerant counsellor’s role is comprised of five major areas: counselling, consultation with school based teams, coordination with outside supports, communication with parent(s), and education to promote healthy social and emotional development. The role of the school counsellor is influenced by the needs of each school in coordination with the counsellor.
Services may include:
- Working directly with teachers and support staff regarding individual students to assist with the development of strategies and support plans
- Targeting a variety of topics, such as social skills or emotional development through small group work
- Co-teaching in classrooms to support the needs of the general school population
- Provide individual or small group counselling
- (Participate as) members of school based team
- Supporting a variety of transitions for students and their families
- Supporting students and families in crisis
- Liaise with parents and community agencies to facilitate access to services and ensure ongoing communication with schools
- Support teachers’ implementation of social responsibility and diversity programs
- Universal & proactive approaches that may include FRIENDS, MindUp & Zones of Regulation
- Provide in-service programs to teachers, parents and families, school personnel, in areas of social, emotional, behavioral, and academic issues.
Children & families needing to access counseling services, present with a range of issues and degrees of complexity. As a result, counsellors, in consultation with their school teams, will prioritize available counselling services.
If you are considering accessing counselling services for a student in your class, or if a parent requests services, talk to the counsellor and/or the administrator first regarding the specific concerns and how we might handle the situation before the parent signs the referral form. Parental support, prior to a counselling referral, can provide strategies and serve as a satisfactory intervention for the identified student.
To minimize duplication of services, students receiving counselling from an outside agency may not require or benefit from additional counselling services at school.