As a School Counsellor in The Parkland School Division, you will be part of enacting our vision, mission and foundational statements.
Our students possess the confidence, resilience, insight and skills required to thrive in and positively impact the world.
We assure supportive learning environments, meaningful experiences and healthy relationships that create opportunities to develop resilience, to gain diversity in perspectives and to achieve enduring success.
Our Ultimate Goal is Student Success and Well-being .
We therefore value:
• Learning opportunities that are:
• authentic, and
• Excellence in achievement;
• Trustworthy, respectful relationships; and
• Resilience with self-awareness.
We attend to these Priorities:
• Inspired Exploration
• Connected Community
• Confident Resilience
• Meaningful Engagement
• Wellness Culture
• Resource Stewardship
The Parkland School Division currently has a Temporary Part-time School Counsellor position available at Muir Lake School in Stony Plain, Alberta.
The School Counsellor is responsible for providing collaborative services to support students that are experiencing social/emotional difficulties that are impacting the student’s ability to learn, as well as their overall wellness. These services are provided through intervention counselling, individual counselling, targeted counselling, and universal programing. The Counsellor liaises between the school, the family, and the community, to provide the most effective services for the students.Please note: all new hires must adhere to the PSD Vaccination Protocol.
Please note: all applications received by November 2, 2021 at 4:30 PM will be considered for this position, however this posting will remain open until successfully filled.
Maintains a high level of knowledge regarding current and developing best practices in the field of student wellness, trauma-informed and restorative practices, assessing and managing risk of harm, and creating a safe school culture.
Ensures that a continuum of preventative, developmental, remedial, and intervention services are provided to students and their families to support student wellness.
Provides individual and targeted counselling services to students who are exhibiting emotional, behavioural, and social needs.
Provides informal needs assessments and intervention that may include individual, targeted and/or universal strategies, referral and follow up.
Develops, conducts, and supports workshops, training, and in-service presentations on various approaches, strategies and techniques to support students exhibiting emotional, behavioural, and social difficulties.
Supports students and parents/guardians in identifying, planning for, and accessing professional services to support student wellness needs.
Builds and maintains strong relationships with parents/guardians of students with wellness and/or counselling needs.
Fosters relationships and builds partnerships with community supports and agencies.
Knowledgeable of community agencies, their mandates, and referral procedures.
Demonstrates strong problem solving and coping skills, and is competent and flexible in intervention strategies.
Consults with the Division Psychologist and engages in an ethical decision making process when encountering ethical concerns.
Crisis Intervention Support
Provides crisis intervention support and services to students.
Participates in the Violent Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) process.
Assesses the level of risk and provides intervention for students showing signs of suicidal behaviour, implementing the guidelines outlined in the PSD’s suicide ideation protocol.
Models calmness in times of crisis.
Models and promotes continuous learning experiences through reflection, conversation, and practice.
Willing to engage in lifelong learning with respect to professional development, training, in-services and courses of study.
Provides thorough and timely data and information as requested.
Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes
Good oral and written communication skills
Strong interpersonal skills
Ability to work as part of a collaborative team
Strong leadership skills
Excellent organizational skills
The ability to take direction and work independently
Flexibility, patience, sensitivity, tolerance, enthusiasm, creativity and imagination
School Counsellors must agree to respect the confidentiality and personal integrity of students, parents, therapists and other staff.
Education and Experience:
i) Bachelor's degree in a related human services field, with clinical experience
ii) Masters degree in Counselling or related field is an asset
iii) Tiered Response Model Training (i.e., Response to Intervention, Collaborative Response Model) is an asset.
i) 3+ years of experience in providing counselling services, preferably within a school environment.
ii) Extensive experience in working with children, adolescents, families and social service agencies.
Equivalencies will be considered.
This position requires an original copy of a current clean criminal record check with vulnerable sector and an original copy of a child intervention record check.
Please include the follow as part of your online portfolio:
Cover Letter and Resume
Three Professional References
Copy of relevant registrations and certifications.
Philosophy of School Counselling. This is a one to two page document where you describe your philosophy of working with children who have emotionally and psychologically diverse needs in a school setting.
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Hours of Work: Monday to Thursday - approximately 15.7 hrs/week
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
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