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Student Services/Special Education

School Guidance and Counselling

The guidance and counselling of students is an integral component of the educational mission of the school. Guidance and counselling services and programs promote the personal/social, educational, and career development of all students.


Information for Schools, Students, and Families

In the school setting, school counsellors, like all school staff, have a set of professional responsibilities that define their scope of activities addressing the needs of:

  • Students
  • Parents/guardians
  • Colleagues and professional associates
  • School and community
Working with Students

The school counsellor's first professional responsibility is to the students. The educational, academic, career, personal, and social needs of all students within the school setting, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, are the focus in planning and delivering a developmental, comprehensive guidance and counselling program.

The diverse needs of students may require specific counselling expertise and school counsellors recognize their boundaries of competencies by providing only those services for which they are qualified by training or experience. When students require specialized, intensive or long-term counselling beyond what the school may reasonably be expected to provide, appropriate referrals are made.

Working with Parents/Guardians

Parents/guardians fulfill a primary role in the lives of their children. Collaboration with parents in the best interest of students is a key activity of school counsellors. School counsellors do not provide family counselling. The focus of school counselling is on the personal, social, educational, and career development of the student. Providing parents, as appropriate, with accurate information in a caring manner is part of working with minors in a school setting. The open sharing of guidance education activities with parents is separate from the confidential nature of a counselling relationship. Working with students to keep parents appropriately informed without breaching confidentiality is an important responsibility. School counsellors bridge communication with parents at every opportunity.

Working with Colleagues and Professional Associates

Guidance and counselling services are part of a broader delivery system designed to enhance the success of all learners. The school counsellor establishes and maintains an ongoing professional, collaborative relationship with school staff, clinicians, and other service providers who work with students in the school. Colleagues and professional associates are consulted and provided with professional information related to the educational success and well-being of students who are also in their care.

Educational planning and services are coordinated in the best interest of the student. Information is shared with adherence to appropriate guidelines for confidentiality. School counsellors must work within the limits of the law, within the policies and procedures of school divisions and schools, as well as within the ethical requirements of the association of which they may be members.

Working with the School and Community

School counsellors serve a dual role of educator (through guidance education activities) and counsellor (through counselling services) merging when the counsellor is involved in prevention work. All of lifeís situations interact with each other. For instance, by addressing a studentís personal/social needs through counselling, the school counsellor simultaneously teaches resiliency skills and affects the studentís readiness for educational challenges. As a result of such interrelationships, the school counsellor supports the integration of guidance and counselling services to address school and community needs.

The school counsellor develops a comprehensive, developmental guidance and counselling program with their school team to meet the needs for their context and specific school population. This development process includes identifying needs, implementing and monitoring programs, as well as adjusting plans based on the developmental needs of students. Regular evaluation of the plan and its implementation are important to ensure the school and community are being served.

Consultation Support Provided

School counsellors are staff members who work together with other certified teachers and clinical professionals to increase opportunities for success in the lives of all learners. School counsellors provide education, guidance, and counselling to all students in the school through activities
such as:

  • direct instruction;
  • guidance education;
  • team teaching;
  • group and individual counselling, and
  • student support team planning.
Manitoba Sourcebook for School Guidance and Counselling Services: A Comprehensive and Developmental Approach:
Manitoba Sourcebook for School Guidance and Counselling Services: A Comprehensive and Developmental Approach
The purpose of this document is to support school counsellors in the important work they do in Manitoba schools. Specific information related to scope of activities, areas of service delivery, comprehensive and developmental guidance-related specific learning outcomes, and curriculum connections are provided. Professional development workshops for educators are available to support this resource.

 

Manitoba Sourcebook: Guidance Education: Connections to Compulsory Curriculum Areas Kindergarten to Grade 12
Manitoba Sourcebook: Guidance Education: Connections to Compulsory Curriculum Areas Kindergarten to Grade 12
Specific learning outcome connections within Manitoba curricula are clustered for early, middle and senior years in the areas of personal/social, educational and career components. Educators will find outcomes in the areas of safety, social-emotional learning, conflict resolution and decision making skills from English Language Arts, Social Studies and Physical Education/Health curricula.

 


Professional Learning Opportunities

Workshops are available upon request on a variety of topics related to guidance and counselling services. A sample of topics includes:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Comprehensive and Developmental School Guidance and Counselling Services:
    An Overview
  • Note-taking, Information Sharing and Record Keeping for School Counsellors
  • Safe and Caring Schools: Connection and Community
  • Towards Inclusion: Supporting Positive Behaviour in the Classroom

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Contact

General Enquiries
Program and Student Services
Manitoba Education
Telephone:
204-945-7907
Toll Free in Manitoba: 1-800-282-8069, ext. 7907
Email:
pssbinfo@gov.mb.ca


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