A week to recognize the contributions of the School Counselling Profession to the personal; social; academic and career development; and the mental health and wellbeing of all students in Canada.
Canadian School Counselling Week, sponsored by the School Counsellors Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), will be celebrated from February 2-6, 2015, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counsellors within Canadian school systems. Canadian School Counselling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counsellors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
The special week honouring school counsellors provides recognition for school counsellors who "implement comprehensive school counselling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century," according to Mayor Don Downe & Mayor David Walker who signed the proclamation designating February 2-6, 2015 as Canadian School Counselling Week.
In a proclamation, Mayor Don Downe & Mayor David Walker cited school counsellors for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students' personal, social, educational and career development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Professional school counsellors are certified, experienced educators with a graduate-level degree in counselling or a related professional field. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.
School counsellors across Canada will be participating in the week's festivities. Many school counsellors will be hosting special events and activities to call attention to the myriad benefits of a comprehensive school counselling program.
Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about school counselling programs should contact the school counsellors at their local schools.
Please see the poster above and or visit www.ccpa-accp.ca for further information about school counselling.