School Support Counsellors are assigned to 2 - 3 elementary schools to provide early intervention and prevention services. There are currently 26 School Support Counsellors assigned to 62 schools designated by the Partnerships for Excellence initiative.
School Support Counsellors develop and deliver individual, group and school wide programs that address social, emotional and behavioural barriers to learning including social skills, violence prevention, conflict resolution, agency partnerships, and parent support. Principals and School Support Counsellors should determine the most appropriate avenue for referrals in each school.
School Support Counsellors should participate in school team meetings, particularly when a referral for service is being considered. Participating as a member of team provides the best opportunity to assist in coordination of services with agencies and other Program Services staff including behaviour teams and Psychological Services. School Support Counsellors should be involved as part of the school-based services considered/provided prior to a referral being made to the Steps for Success team