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School Climate & Student Well-Being Services

Mental Health and Well-Being - Child & Youth Counsellor Services

Who Are the Child and Youth Counsellors?
Child & Youth Counsellors in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board are trained through graduation from a three year community college program and/or human service related university training, to work with children and adolescents who are experiencing social, emotional, behavioural or mental health problems.

Child & Youth Counsellors are guided by the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board's mission statement:

To provide excellent education which prepares our students to meet global challenges in a changing world, and the following: To provide advocacy and counselling services within the school setting, striving to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to develop to their fullest behavioural, social and emotional capabilities. In pursuit of this mission the Child and Youth Counsellor team is committed to enhancing the vital link between school and     home.

The Child & Youth Counsellors of Hastings & Prince Edward are guided by the Code of Ethics of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Workers.

What Support is Provided?
Child and Youth Counsellors are a school-based resource to help students, their families and school personnel. Child and Youth Counsellor's assist students with attendance, social, emotional, behavioural or mental health problems. Help may take the form of:

  • Assistance with referrals to community support services

    Behavioural assessment and evaluation

    Classroom and school wide programming

    Consultation and planning with educational staff

    Immediate and ongoing support regarding tragic events

    Individual or group counselling

  • In-service to educational staff and community where appropriate

How Do You Access the Service?

Referrals for Child & Youth Counsellor service may come from:

  • community agency

    parents / guardians

    self referral
  • school personnel

For more information regarding referral process contact your child's school Principal.

All students under the age of 16 years who receive individual or small group counselling support must have a signed parental / guardian consent.


The FRIENDS Programs are scientifically validated and are recognized by the World Health Organization as best practice for the prevention and treatment of anxiety and depression in children.

An evidence informed Scholastic and Hawn foundation program.  It teaches social and emotional learning skills that link cognitive neuroscience, positive psychology and mindful awareness training utilizing a brain centric approach.

Second step is an evidence informed student success through prevention program that targets social-emotional learning.

The Fourth R: Skills for Youth Relationships is a curriculum for 8th- and 9th-grade students that are designed to promote healthy and safe behaviors related to dating, bullying, sexuality, and substance use.

Quick Links

Mental Health Executive Summary pdf)

School Climate and Student Well-Being Services Organizational Chart (pdf)

Contact Us

Laina Andrews, Superintendent of Education

Phone:+1 613 966-1170 x2535
Email: lsandrews@hpedsb.on.ca

Donalda Simmons, Mental Health Leader

Phone:+1 613 966-1170 x2121
Email: dsimmons@hpedsb.on.ca

Julie Pohlman-Brogee, Child and Youth Counsellor Supervisor

Phone:+1 613 966-1170 x2124
Email: jpohlman-brogee@hpedsb.on.ca



Address: 156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario, Canada K8N 3L3  Phone: +1 613 966-1170  Toll-free: +1 800 267-4350  
Fax: +1 613 961-2003  General Email: information@hpedsb.on.ca  Technical Email: webmaster@hpedsb.on.ca

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Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario Canada K8N 3L3
Toll-free: +1 800 267-4350
Phone: +1 613 966-1170
Fax: +1 613 961-2003

© Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
2007 All rights reserved