Administrative Procedure 240
GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING
Comprehensive guidance and counselling programs address educational growth, personal/social growth, career growth, and developmental needs of students. They involve developmental guidance instruction, counselling, consultation, and co-ordination of activities and services that reflect the unique needs of each school community, and are integral to school programming.
- Comprehensive school counselling programs are best directly administered by teachers trained in counselling.
- School counsellors are certificated teachers with, or working on, a master’s degree in school counselling, educational psychology, or a related discipline with a focus in counselling.
- School counsellors who are registered psychologists are members of the College of Alberta Psychologists.
- School counsellors’ responsibilities include:
- developmental guidance instruction to facilitate student development in educational, personal, social, educational, and career growth;
- co-ordination of programs and activities that assist students in the development of personal, social, educational, and career growth;
- provision of counselling, support, and guidance to students in their development of personal management skills;
- provision of crisis counselling to those students in personal difficulty; and
- development of partnerships with parents, individuals, and agencies in the community in support and assistance of the guidance and counselling programs as referenced in the Guidance and Counselling Handbook (Appendix 240-A).
Section 20, 39, 45, 60, 61, 113 School Act
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
Personal Information Protection Act
Guide to Education ECS to Grade 12
Comprehensive School Guidance and Counselling Programs and Services, 1997
Last updated: March 2016