Comprehensive Guidance and Counselling
Comprehensive guidance and counselling programs and services are systematically planned to meet the needs of all students and are infused into the daily activities of schools.
- Comprehensive guidance and counselling programs and services support student learning in areas of personal/social, educational and career development.
- Comprehensive guidance and counselling programs and services are inclusive; they respond to the unique and special needs of all students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
- Comprehensive guidance and counselling programs and services provide a range of guidance/counselling services from a developmental/preventive focus to a responsive/remedial focus
- Four types of services are provided: counselling, prevention, guidance education, and consultation (see diagram below).
- School Division Plans, Student Services Plans, and School Plans include guidance and counselling services and programs. Plans for a comprehensive guidance and counselling program include provisions for regular, systematic identification of needs and priorities, specification of expected outcomes, descriptions of activities, and identification of success indicators. Guidance programs and services should be evaluated on a regular basis. The provision of comprehensive guidance and counselling programs and services is the shared responsibility of all staff. A team approach should be employed, wherein all staff members have specified roles to play. School counsellors play a key role in planning and implementing programs and services