What are School Counseling Services?
“The aim of a school counselling program is to support the intellectual development, human and social development, and career development of each student so that he or she can become a responsible, productive citizen” (BC Ministry of Education, 2011, p.26). School counselors may cover the following subjects: bullying, peer influence, conflict resolution, respect, social skills, and life skills.
Such services are provided by the school by therapists, psychologists or counselors. Counselling sessions can be done on a one-on-one basis, in group or in class. The school counselor may work collaboratively with other staff members in order to tackle a certain concern. School staff members can also receive advice from the school counselor if he/she believes that this will help your child in a positive way.
Counselling services work to “provide a continuum of preventive, developmental, remedial, and intervention services and programs and facilitate referral to community resources” (BC Ministry of Education, 2011, p.26). Parents must take into consideration that counselors are not there to discipline their child but rather guide them towards positive behavior.