School Counsellor

The School Counsellor 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).

As a consultant, Nic Scanlon, School Counsellor helps individuals think through problems and concerns, acquire more knowledge and skill and become more objective and self-confident. The School Counsellor works with academic support services when addressing learning strategies.

A student who has a counselling relationship with a professional School Counsellor has the right to privacy and confidentiality. Counselling relationships require an atmosphere of trust and confidence between the students and counsellors. Exceptions to confidentiality exist when the student is at risk for harming themself, others, or if that student is being harmed.
Students may be referred to the professional School Counsellor in the following ways:
  • Parent referral
  • Teacher referrals
  • Self-referral
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 counsellor) to receive support for family related issues, depression, anxiety, abuse, suicidal tendencies, trauma and behaviour disorders.

The Counsellor 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.