Provide access to counselling sessions for those in need

What’s involved

It is crucial that people in need of counselling services have access. Offering counselling sessions to students can help them navigate stressful situations while supporting their mental health and well-being. Some schools may not offer school-based counselling services, so having an awareness of community services is key to supporting students.

  • Identify a referral process for counselling, and consider whether it is a staff referral, family referral, or student referral.
  • Identify available counselling supports in the school (consider whether the school has a counsellor or if you will need to seek external resources).
  • Determine if the supports required are universal (applicable to all students), targeted (group based for students struggling with the same challenges), or individualized (one-on-one setting).
  • Consult with students and families to determine the type of required required.
  • Refer to outside agencies as needed (offer support to parents in making  phone calls to these agencies, as it may be challenging for them).

Who can deliver it

  • Student services team
  • Teachers
  • Principals

Time commitment

  • 10 to 30 minutes for the referral process
  • Time commitment varies based on each student’s needs

Resources required

  • Referral process for staff
  • Telephone to communicate with families
  • Computer to communicate through email

Ideal learning environment

  • Long-term virtual learning
  • Short-term virtual learning
  • Summer break
  • Outdoor education
  • Hybrid classroom
  • Traditional classroom

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