Much has been written recently about the role of the school counsellor both here and elsewhere, but did you ever wonder whether a formal role description exists which is common to all school counsellors in B.C.?
According to the role description contained in this manual (Section D, page 5) school counselling functions include:
to provide both an intervention and a prevention service. The focus of school counselling is enhancing the students' development, assisting with the development of an enabling school culture and empowering students toward positive change.
The school counsellor:
promotes personal and social development appropriate to developmental stages
counsels students, their families and the community to foster growth in the students' self esteem individual responsibility, and in skills such as decision making and social skills
ameliorates factors which may precipitate problems for students
enhances students' educational achievement through goal setting, assisting with the development of SLP's, IEP's and activities such as promotion of effective work and study habits
provides appropriate interventions to assist students with school related problems and issue
facilitates the goals of career education by assisting students and their families to explore and clarify the student's career options, through developmental activities that stress decision making, personal planning and career awareness.