The School Counselor consults with parents, teachers, administrators and community agencies to help meet the needs of the student(s) and help others to work effectively with the student(s).
The School Counselor, as a consultant, helps individuals think through problems and concerns, acquire more knowledge and skill and become more objective and self-confident.
A student who has a counseling relationship with a professional School Counselor has the right to privacy and confidentiality. Counseling relationships require an atmosphere of trust and confidence between the students and counselors. Exceptions to confidentiality exist when the student is at risk for harming themself, others, or if that student is being harmed.
A student may be referred to another service provider (i.e. Child and Adolescent Services, the Family Centre, Child and Family Services or to a private counselor) to receive support for family related issues, depression, anxiety, abuse, suicidal tendencies, trauma and behavior disorders.
The Counselor embraces the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) and refers to these codes periodically or when faced with an ethical dilemma.