School Guidance Counselling in Nova Scotia

School Guidance Counselling in Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Department of Education has recognized that guidance and counselling should be offered as a multi-faceted total school program rather than as a position occupied by a counsellor.

Students, parents and staff are consulted to determine the guidance and counselling needs of students. These needs are then prioritized through collaboration with staff, students, parents, and other stakeholders and a guidance program is developed.

The program provides direction by assisting students to acquire knowledge, attitudes, strategies, and skills in the four program domains:

Personal: To understand and appreciate oneself

Social: To relate effectively to others

Educational: To develop appropriate educational plans

Career: To develop life and career plans

Within the four program domains, School Guidance Counsellors offer the following services:

Professional Services

  • Provide services that support the personal, social, educational, and career development of all students.
  • Collaborate with school staff regarding students’ academic, social, emotional and developmental needs.
  • Counselling with individuals, groups and families.
  • Critical incident response.
  • Referrals to community agencies.
  • Work closely with families.
  • Member of the critical incident team at the school/Board levels.
  • Maintain professional competence by taking advantage of professional development opportunities.

Guidance Curriculum

  • Visit classes to offer group information and/or training sessions.
  • Provide resources to teachers, parents, students, and other stakeholders to effectively deliver guidance-related curriculum.

Life/Career Planning

  • Promote, plan, and implement prevention programs, career/college activities, course selection and placement activities, social/personal management and decision-making activities.
  • Expose students to experiences that will broaden their career awareness and knowledge.

Program Management & System Support

  • Maintain note taking, record keeping with respect to counselling case files and counselling roster, transcripts, and course credit checks.
  • Be part of a professional learning community (i.e., PEBS, accreditation, program planning, etc.)
  • Attend meetings related to guidance issues.
  • Establish and maintain a guidance information centre.