School and Guidance Counsellors 


Educational, school and guidance counsellors advise students on educational issues, career planning and personal development and co-ordinate the provision of counselling services to students, parents, teachers, faculty and staff.


Work: Educational, school and guidance counsellors perform some or all of the following duties: , Counsel students on course/program selection, timetables/scheduling, school adjustment, attendance problems, and study habits/skills; Counsel students on career exploration/planning, vocational issues, job search strategies/skills, using a wide range of educational/occupational information; Counsel students in crisis situations and on personal/social issues such as substance abuse, depression, eating disorders, sexuality, self-esteem, family problems, relationship/interpersonal skills, and anger management; Consult with teachers, parents, faculty, psychologists, speech therapists, social workers, school administrators, and community agencies; Co-ordinate co-op and school-to-work transition programs (when available) and the provision of counselling/information services such as career information services and professional development sessions for students, parents, teachers, faculty, and staff; Administer and interpret standardized intelligence, personality, vocational, aptitude, and interest tests; Develop and may co-ordinate study-skill groups/workshops, student orientation, and recruitment activities for graduates and co-op students in universities/colleges; May supervise field experience of graduate counselling students or teach regular classes.

Useful Secondary School subjects: English, Math, Social Studies

Degrees associated with this career: Bachelor, Master

Requirements: To be a counsellor in a school setting, you need a bachelor's degree in social sciences or education as well as some teaching experience and a teacher's certificate in the province/territory where you'll work. In Quebec, teaching experience and/or a teaching degree are not necessary but a master's degree in counselling is compulsory. , You usually need a master's degree in counselling, educational or developmental psychology, or social work; and in Quebec, you must be a member of the Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d'orientation et des psychoéducateurs et psychoéducatrices du Québec. , To be an academic counsellor in post-secondary institutions, you need an undergraduate degree and you may also need a graduate degree with a particular academic specialization. , You may need a licence with a provincial/territorial regulatory body governing psychologists, guidance counsellors or social workers. , In order to obtain certification and/or professional liability insurance through a professional association such as the Canadian Counselling Association, the minimum requirement is a master's degree. , Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree, and almost 1 in 4 has a graduate degree.

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One response to “School and Guidance Counsellors”

  1. mallika says:

    As I am P.G in Social Work from reputed university, for which career counseling certification should i proceed to establish my personal practice in ghaziabad city. Please guide.

    Thanks,
    Mallika

  2. mallika says:

    As I am P.G in Social Work from reputed university, for which career counseling certification should i proceed to establish my personal practice in ghaziabad city. Please guide.

    Thanks,
    Mallika

  3. mallika says:

    As I am P.G in Social Work from reputed university, for which career counseling certification should i proceed to establish my personal practice in ghaziabad city. Please guide.

    Thanks,
    Mallika

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