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DISTRICT ABORIGINAL COUNSELLOR

1. DESCRIPTION OF SCHOOL LEVEL DELIVERY MODEL

The District Aboriginal Counsellor will:

a) provide direct counselling to aboriginal children and families through a variety of individual, culturally relevant, family and group treatment modalities;

b) consult with teachers, Aboriginal Support Workers, counsellors, district personnel, administrators and community agencies regarding students;

c) act as advocate for the children and their parents;

d) participate as a member of school-based teams as appropriate;

e) be knowledgeable about current procedures for reporting Child Abuse and Neglect;

f)  support school based Crisis Response Teams;

g)  support schools dealing with issues regarding student safety, anti-racism and multi-cultural issues;

h) support school based counsellors.

2. MINIMUM ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE

a) valid B. C. Teaching Certificate;

b) two years' satisfactory teaching experience;

c) a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology, equivalent to an M.A. or M.Ed Counselling Psychology from Simon Fraser University or University of British Columbia, including a practicum in a school setting:

NOTE: The practicum in a school setting is equivalent to:               

SFU
The practicum affords opportunities for the student counsellor to engage in direct counselling and counselling-related activities for a minimum of 120 hours, including at least 50 hours of direct client contact and l hour per week of direct supervision.

UBC
Supervised Clinic CNPS 588
Supervised Practicum CNPS 598

d) experience in planning and implementing workshops for aboriginal youth and families;

e) thorough knowledge and experience in supporting aboriginal students and their families;

f) thorough knowledge of Aboriginal culture(s), social issues, and languages;

g) preference will be given to an aboriginal teacher.

3. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE

a) previous counselling experience at the elementary school level.

4. REPORTING STRUCTURE

The personnel in this position are accountable in the execution of their assigned duties to the Director of Instruction, Student Services.

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