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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:
parents / guardians
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.