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;
- co-ordination of services and educational programming for students with special education needs;
- 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 to support and assist the guidance and counselling programs as referenced in the Guidance and Counselling Handbook (Appendix 240-A).
Section 11, 18, 52, 53, 197, 222 Education 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: February 2020