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>>>>>> FEATURE The ROLEOF School Counsellor > Helping Young People Who Are Experiencing a Mental Health or Substance Use Challenge Youth * Create a safe place to share personal concerns and seek collaborative system of care from outside agencies * Help the youth engage with and navigate the most appropriate system of care given the level of concern * Advocate for the youth with school staff for accommodations as collaboratively determined with the youth * Help practice/reinforce various aspects of plan of care, e.g. CBT strategies Friends * Educate peers about when it's appropriate to seek help for a friend (and how they can access help) * Build peer capacities to appropriately support friends who are struggling * Educate peers about self-care when dealing with a friend who is struggling * Increase the "help seeking" behaviour of peers * Services are provided through individual, small group, classroom, or classroom sessions/programs Students may be facing many serious issues, from mental health concerns to substance abuse problems. Your role as a counsellor can make the difference by spotting and then getting help to these most vulnerable students. * Encourage trusting relationships with the collaborative team care for their child * Encourage families to seek support for the whole family Allied Support Professionals* * Facilitate collaborative relationships with youth and family * Communicate directly with youth and family * Provide observations / feedback of the various aspects of the care plan* * Completion of mental health / substance use screening tools (www.gpscbc.ca/psp-learning/ child-and-youth-mental-health/ tools-resources) * Impact of medications on behaviour,  attendance and attitude at school * These efforts/actions are conducted after the appropriate level of consent has been given/received. Family * Provide educational resources * Help families engage and navigate the most appropriate system of care given the level of concern 16 BC Counsellor | Spring/Summer 2015 | www.bcschoolcounsellor.com http://www.gpscbc.ca/psp-learning/ http://www.bcschoolcounsellor.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2015

President’s Perspective
The Fine Print
Book Review
Counsellor Corner
Neurotherapy
The Savvy Social Media School Counsellor
Education, Travel or Work?
The Role of School Counsellor
5 Tips for Keeping Notes
Index to Advertisers

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