School Guidance Counselling in Nova Scotia

School Guidance Counselling in Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Department of Education has recognized that guidance and counselling should be offered as a multi-faceted total school program rather than as a position occupied by a counsellor.

Students, parents and staff are consulted to determine the guidance and counselling needs of students. These needs are then prioritized through collaboration with staff, students, parents, and other stakeholders and a guidance program is developed.

The program provides direction by assisting students to acquire knowledge, attitudes, strategies, and skills in the four program domains:


To understand and appreciate oneself


To relate effectively to others


To develop appropriate educational plans


To develop life and career plans


Within the four program domains, School Guidance Counsellors offer the following services:

Professional Services

  • Provide services that support the personal, social, educational, and career development of all students.
  • Collaborate with school staff regarding students’ academic, social, emotional and developmental needs.
  • Counselling with individuals, groups and families.
  • Critical incident response.
  • Referrals to community agencies.
  • Work closely with families.
  • Member of the critical incident team at the school/Board levels.
  • Maintain professional competence by taking advantage of professional development opportunities.


Guidance Curriculum

  • Visit classes to offer group information and/or training sessions.
  • Provide resources to teachers, parents, students, and other stakeholders to effectively deliver guidance-related curriculum.


Life/Career Planning

  • Promote, plan, and implement prevention programs, career/college activities, course selection and placement activities, social/personal management and decision-making activities.
  • Expose students to experiences that will broaden their career awareness and knowledge.


Program Management & System Support

  • Maintain note taking, record keeping with respect to counselling case files and counselling roster, transcripts, and course credit checks.
  • Be part of a professional learning community (i.e., PEBS, accreditation, program planning, etc.)
  • Attend meetings related to guidance issues.
  • Establish and maintain a guidance information centre.
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