The British Columbia School Counsellors Association (BCSCA) is a Professional Specialist Association encouraged and supported by the B.C. Teachers' Federation. BCSCA teacher-counsellors are actively engaged in providing school counselling services in British Columbia schools in some or all of the following capacities:
Professional Training and Experience
As set out in the BCSCA role description for teacher-counsellors, members are expected to have an acceptable level of professional training and experience.
Exceptions to Confidentiality
Programs and Services
School Counsellors' Capacities
The Counsellor provides both an intervention and a prevention service for developmental, personal, social, educational, and career-related issues.
The Consultant works with school-based teams, subject teachers, resource teachers administrators, professionals, and para-professionals to develop programs across the curriculum to assist students in meeting their needs and to show the relevance of in-school studies and future educational and career opportunities.
The Coordinator assists in the coordination of services to students from within schools from an inter-ministerial approach, and links the school with the community, business, industry, social service agencies, and other educational institutions, to ensure that student needs are net and to enhance the smooth transition of students from one environment to another.
The Curriculum Specialist teaches curriculum from within the social/emotional and the social responsibility areas for the Primary, Intermediate and Graduation programs. The breadth of these programs falls within the Personal Planning Curriculum.
The Catalyst identifies students at risk and in conjunction with school-based teams, ensures that programs are in place to meet their needs, modifies programs, trains teacher/mentors and peer helpers, and initiates liaison with parents/guardians, social workers, and other support staff.