WHAT IS THE SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELLING SERVICE?
SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELLORS PROVIDE SERVICES TO CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN SELECT ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOLS WHO ARE EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES THAT ARE AFFECTING THEIR ABILITY TO FUNCTION IN THE SCHOOL SETTING. THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH REFERRED MAY HAVE PREVIOUS MENTAL HEALTH DIAGNOSIS, OR MAY BE EXPERIENCING DIFFICULTIES COPING WITH THEIR THOUGHTS, EMOTIONS, AND BEHAVIORS.
THE FOCUS IS TO HELP THE CHILD OR YOUTH AND FAMILY INCREASE THEIR:
- UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS
- SENSE OF CONNECTION AND BELONGING AT SCHOOL
- EMOTION REGULATION /COPING SKILLS
- SOCIAL AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS
- ABILITY TO MANAGE THEIR BEHAVIOR
- PROBLEM SOLVING CAPACITY
- UNDERSTANDING AND PRACTICE OF MINDFULNESS AND RELAXATION
- ANXIETY MANAGEMENT
WHAT SERVICES DO WE PROVIDE?
- INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP COUNSELLING
- INTEGRATED CASE MANAGEMENT
- SCHOOL-BASED LIAISON
- PARENT EDUCATION AND COACHING
- REFERRALS TO OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICES
HOW TO ACCESS THIS SERVICE?
Referrals are generated by the school-based teams and come directly from the Administration or School Counsellors. High school students must be aware of the referral and consent to the School-Based Mental Health Counsellors services before they begin. Elementary School service begins following parental consent to their child’s involvement with our services.
High school mental health services are provided at Rutland Secondary School, Kelowna Secondary School and Mount Boucherie Secondary School.
Elementary school mental health services are provided at South Rutland Elementary and Raymer Elementary Schools.
HOW LONG DOES THE SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE WORK WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH?
Counselling is provided in the school setting and session frequency and duration is based on the individual needs of the children and youth. Services can be moderate in duration and intensity, but may also include longer-term service for children and youth who require more support.
Marnie Bland, Program Director
250 763 2977