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Title: MANITOBA SCHOOL COUNSELLORS


1
MANITOBA SCHOOL COUNSELLORS
  • an overview

2
Purpose of School Counsellors
  • To create the most enabling environment for all
    students to become
  • Full, equal, capable citizens both
    interpersonally and intrapersonally
  • Fulfilled human beings who find success within
    the educational context and in the general
    community
  • Self-monitoring, effective people
  • Moreenabled in terms of a specific situation,
    event, trait, condition, visible or invisible
    disability

3
Purpose of School Counsellors
  • To educate
  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Professionals
  • Community
  • In the strengths and abilities of students,
    particularly those with social, emotional,
    academic, attitudinal or mental health issues,
    conditions or situations that historically have
    been perceived as limiting opportunities for a
    full and rich life.

4
Purpose of School Counsellors
  • To be a trustworthy, confidential source of
    support for all students, staff, parents, and
    school community
  • To create a link between the home, community and
    school to enable smooth life transitions

5
General Roles and Functions
  • Provision of counselling services within an
    educational context for students, teachers,
    administrators, parents, community
  • Developmental guidance programming
  • Career guidance programming
  • Post-secondary education programming
  • Credit selection counselling

6
General Roles and Functions (contd)
  • Transitioning students (grade to grade/class to
    class/school to school/school to
    workplace/community to school/school to
    community)
  • Support services in the event of Code of Conduct
    issues
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Threat Assessment

7
General Roles and Functions (contd)
  • Responsive Services individual and small group
    guidance and counselling interventions, parent
    outreach, consultation, referral, multi-system
    interventions
  • Systems Support workshops, student placement,
    research, data collection, community outreach,
    program admission

8
Specific Guidance Activities a sample
  • Violence prevention
  • Personal safety
  • Addictions awareness
  • Suicide prevention
  • Sexuality
  • Relationships
  • Peer helper programs

9
Specific Counselling Activities a sample
  • Child abuse/neglect/protection support
  • Personal growth counselling self-image,
    self-harm, depression, family dynamics, social
    skills, organizational skills, study skills,
    hygiene, sexuality issues, relationships
  • Liaison between multiple service providers
  • Team with psychiatrists, medical doctors, social
    workers, probation officers, etc. in mental
    health issues
  • Team with specialists for students with specific
    special needs

10
Support and Learning Opportunities for School
Counsellors
  • Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth
    supports the Manitoba school system with
    consultants to assist the professionals working
    with students across the province. Their work is
    ongoing, proactive, supportive and responsive.

11
Role and Function of MECY Guidance/Counselling
Consultant
  • Source of best practice information and new
    initiatives in the area of social, emotional,
    behavioural issues and mental health and mental
    illness
  • Provide guidance, support and encouragement to
    school counsellors and school teams
  • Ensure appropriate referrals occur
  • Advocate for counsellors
  • Meet with professionals and share skills,
    information, training opportunities
  • Discuss governmental and legal implications of
    educational decisions.

12
Ethics and Guidelines for School Counsellors in
Manitoba
  • The Manitoba School Counsellors Association,
    through the Manitoba Teachers Society provides
    school counsellors with
  • Professional support and professional learning
    opportunities (including scholarships)
  • Guidelines for guidance and counselling
  • Code of Ethics
  • A quarterly journal

13
Professional Education of School Counsellors
  • Because of the diversity, depth, stress and
    overall nature of the ongoing work of school
    counsellors, specific professional education for
    school counselling aids in the well-being of both
    the student and the counsellor.
  • Below are major areas of training that support
    effective school counselling
  • Bachelor of Education degree
  • 3-5 years teaching experience
  • Training in
  • Ethics in counselling
  • Theories and issues in school counselling
  • Groups in guidance
  • Advanced training in counselling (e.g., diploma
    in counselling, social work, applied counselling
    certificate, addictions counselling, M.Ed.Psych.)

14
For further information on the role and function
of school counsellors
  • Manitoba Education Citizenship and Youth
  • Lorna Martin, Guidance/Counselling Consultant
  • (204) 945-7964
  • toll free 1 800 282-8069, ext. 7964
  • Lorna.Martin_at_gov.mb.ca
  • OR
  • Manitoba School Counsellors Association
  • (204) 888-7961 (via Manitoba Teachers Society)
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