Student Services

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Who are School Counsellors?

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./p>

What do School Counsellors Do?

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.

What kinds of Topics are Addressed by School Counsellors?

The topics addressed by school counsellors are as varied as the students in the school. Generally, school guidance and counselling services are focused on three distinct areas, although these areas are frequently combined to create a meaningful context within student learning activities.

Personal/Social Development

This area focuses on self-knowledge, social skills, and safety issues that students face as they mature and become more independent. This area addresses common issues faced by all  young people at each particular age and stage of development and maturity.
Some specific topics in this area are:

  • friendships/relationships
  • anger/behaviour management
  • restitution
  • bullying/violence
  • self-knowledge and personal growth
  • personal safety
  • decision-making and the maturing mind
  • substance use
  • healthy lifestyles
Educational Development

The educational area of guidance and counselling services focuses on knowledge and skills that students require over time to become effective, independent learners within and beyond the school setting. Some specific topics in this area are:

  • study skills
  • listening skills
  • time management
Career Development

Early career awareness outcomes emphasize decision making and the importance of work, both to oneself and to the community. This emphasis evolves into recognizing personal attributes and preferences through career exploration and career preparation in Senior Years. From Kindergarten to Grade 12, the focus of career development is on skill development rather than on specific career preparation. Some specific topics in this area are:

  • course selections
  • educational planning
  • personal skills/interests and related careers 

What is a School-wide Guidance and Counselling Program?

The school-wide plan for school counselling services is often called a “Comprehensive and Developmental Guidance and Counselling” program. The programming is intended to help all students realize their full potential regardless of physical, social, emotional, educational, and other challenges.

What is School Counselling?

School counselling is a process that addresses the specific developmental needs of students in the school. It is designed to heal hurts; strengthen personal, social and emotional resiliency, and often involves individual or small group conversations, artwork, and/or planning.

What is School Guidance?

School guidance education involves information giving and instruction that increases awareness, skills, and knowledge of students in the school. The majority of learning outcomes for the guidance education component are located in a variety of Manitoba curricula.

The comprehensive and developmental guidance and counselling program is school-wide and is designed for all students. It is not restricted to students with exceptional learning needs or students who are facing stressful life situations or personal difficulties. In fact, all students receive service from the school counsellor throughout the school year as part of their regular school experience. The counsellor is a caring adult in the school who meets with all students.

The primary goal of school guidance and counselling services is to enhance and promote student learning. These services are designed to provide supports and resources to students at all grade levels, to their families, and to educators. They are intended to facilitate the educational, personal, social, emotional, and career development of students in schools and in the community.