BC School Counsellors Association

BCSCA

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Role of School Counsellor

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.?

Given the work being done by the BCSCA on behalf of all school counsellors in British Columbia, it is probably important to be aware of the role description contained in the Ministry document Special Education Services: A Manual of Policies, Procedures and Guidelines.

According to the role description contained in this manual (Section D, page 5) school counselling functions include:

  • individual
  • group
  • class work

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.

Further information can be found in the Ministry document Special Education Services: A Manual of Policies, Procedures and Guidelines , available from the Ministry of Education.

Last Updated:September 22, 1998

Reviewed:October 21, 2006