Welcome to the Counselling Centre!
Who are the School Counsellors?
Terra Lee Kelly
What do school counsellors do??
School Counsellors are student advocates: Our goal is to support you. We focus on these four areas:
- Personal (ANYTHING you want to discuss, we’ll listen!)
- Social (relationships, communication skills, mediation)
- Career (future plans, help finding information on schools and careers)
- Educational (credit checks, transcripts, course changes or concerns, study skills)
There is always a qualified and experienced counsellor available to help you.
If I talk to a counsellor, is it confidential?
Some of the issues we discuss are “guidance-like”: course changes and educational planning. It is often to your benefit for us to discuss this with your teachers.
Even with personal issues, sometimes we might ask the teacher for information or share information with teachers but only with your permission.
If you were referred to us through our Program Planning Team (PPT), we are expected to report back to the team but we do not share personal information without your permission.
Often we get help or advice from other counsellors but we never share names. Your situation might be discussed but you will never be identified.
There are 3 situations when we are required to talk to others. When you tell us:
- You want to harm yourself (suicidal thoughts)
- You want to harm others
- You are under 16 and someone else is harming you.
Comprehensive Guidance and Counselling
We have a team approach at Park View. The Comprehensive Guidance and Counselling Committee (CGCC) helps the school counsellors decide how to best meet the needs of the students. Members of this committee include teachers, support staff, administrators, students and community members. This committee has now merged with the Student Wellness committee as we are working towards similar goals.
Did You Know?????
- You do not need the permission of your parents to seek counselling services.
- You can bring a friend or two with you to a counselling session!
Park View Education Centre
At Park View Education Centre we believe in providing a wide variety of opportunities for students. This is reflected in the number of course options we offer. The Department of Education, in an effort to prepare students for the today’s world, has also promoted many new and exciting courses and programs.
However, it may not be possible for us to offer every course that is included in this book. Final decisions on next year’s course offerings will be primarily determined by the number of students selecting the course at the time of spring registration.
It is important that students select courses carefully and with consideration to their graduation requirements, post secondary plans, personal interests and abilities. We strongly encourage all students to consult with a school counsellor when making their final decisions.
Click Here for General Registration and Credit Information.
Click the Read More Link for additional Course Selection Booklet Information.
Registration for 2013-2014
The process of registering of our current grade 10 and 11 students for the 2013-2014 year began in February. Counsellors have already visited classrooms to present course selection information to students.
On-line registration will take place during school hours. Students are required to have parent signatures on both sides of their registration sheets as well as the student fee.
The Course Fair will be held on March 20th. The purpose of this event is to encourage students to talk to teachers about courses they are interested in taking and ensure appropriate placement.
Registration for courses will take place on March 25, 26, and 27th.
See the "Read More" icon to access Power Point Presentations and Course Selection Forms!
...from the counselling centre @ PVEC
Please access copies of The Grapevine by using the
drop-down menu under "Departments" and "The Grapevine".
This section of the Counselling Website will contain important information for potential PVEC Graduates. In your Grade 12 Year, there will be many important dates, deadlines and information provided through the Counselling Centre to assist you with making your post-graduation plans.
Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation to parents and students currently in Grade 12.
Here is a link to an excellent new resource by Stan Kutcher (teen mental health through IWK) that deals with transitioning to university from high school.
Click here to access the site.
Websites from Grade 12 Information Sessions
This site includes skill inventories, career quizzes, information on the job market and job profiles.
See Counselling Centre for username and password
This is an interactive site for students that includes, skill and interest inventories, job profiles, post-secondary school information and a resumé builder. Students can create an account and sign in to save their resumés and quiz results. Canadian information!
Search for colleges and universities world-wide, information on tuition and size of school is provided as well as contact information.
This is an american site for searching colleges. This is also the place to register for SAT’s.
Students can register and login to complete a profile. The site will match them with potential scholarship opportunities.
Canadian site for searching school profiles, career information, trades programs and more. You can get a login and password and match with possible scholarships from their databank.
This is a Government of Canada web page. This includes information and links to information on student loans, RESP’s, career planning tools and a school finder.
Other career related sites:
This site has information on environmental careers which includes internships, career profiles, scholarships and self-assessment tools.
Their general website includes information on careers and how to join.
This program is designed to educate and inform parents around career options so they can
better support and guide their sons' and daughters' education and career choices. Parents
can sign up for workshops on this site and when enough interest is generated, sessions
will be held either here at Park View or at NSCC.
Information on military careers.
This site provides information for students and parents on apprenticeship and the skilled trades.
Health related sites:
This site has information for adults, teens, teachers and parents.
The Youth Project is an organization that provides support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth.
Podcasts on addictions/mental health issues and youth.
This website is for a specific campaign around alcohol use and gambling and the “yellow flag” that serves as warning signs for when drinking and gambling become issues that need to be addressed in one’s life.
Directly from the website:
“We’re looking at way to get people talking and thinking about the way we’re drinking. We’re looking at a new Nova Scotia where a change in culture will mean a place where you feel comfortable and confident saying no to one more and a time when a drink is a drink and company is the pleasure.”
You can view the “When” video here.
Bullying and Cyberbullying
The Department of Education's page that has resources and videos for parents, students and educators as well as information on the Task Force and links to related media stories.
Cyberscan is Canada's first Investigative Unit dedicated to policing cyberbullying. Also has information on the Cyber-safety Act, Nova Scotia's legislation that protects the victims of cyberbullying and makes those responsible accountable under the law.
This website is provided by an independent organization that provides information and resources and supports anti-bullying work in schools.
This website has been created by youth from across the Canada.
Mental Health Awareness:
This is a resource for students, teachers and parents on mental
health. CMHA stand for the Canadian Mental Health Association
This is an award winning site for youth by youth. This is a place where you can get info, resources and the tools to help you manage stress, crisis and mental health problems. Share what you live and what you know with your friends.
This is IWK’s site providing information on mental health issues and adolescents. Includes a blog by Stan Kutcher, slide shows and information sheets.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
This site has a ton of information on mental health disorders. There
are fact sheets, screening self-tests, tool kits and personal stories
of others who have lived with different issues involving mental health.
This is a link to an excellent new resource by Stan Kutcher (teen mental health through IWK) that deals with transitioning to university from high school.
Correspondence Studies: Register here for a correspondence course. This site also lists costs, text book requirements and a “Frequently asked questions” option. http://csp.ednet.ns.ca
Nova Scotia Virtual School: NSVS provides an opportunity for students to do one course on-line each semester. It is free and students will receive support for technology needs. The student must have one free period in their schedule to accomodate this course and it has one required echat meeting per week, which occurs within school hours. It is a good alternative if our courses here at Park View are full, you have a conflict or we don't offer it! There are approximately 25 courses being offered next semester and registration is open now! If anyone is interested in hearing more about NSVS, please make an appointment with Ms. Kelly! Or check out this website: http://nsvs.ednet.ns.ca/m19dev/
Personal Development Credits: The Department of Education has launched a new guide for earning credits for certifications achieved outside of public school. Students who achieved certification in various organizations such as Cadets, Scouts/Guides, Lifesaving Society and many more are eligible to earn credits that will appear on their transcript. See Ms. Kelly if you have any questions or visit this website: https://pdc.ednet.ns.ca/
A wide variety of Counselling Services are available in the Centre.
One role is to offer assistance and information to students transition from Grade to Grade or from Grade 12 to Post Secondary.
Click here to read a handout on the transition from high school to university.
Click here to access the Grade 12 Information Powerpoint Presentation given by Ms. Brooks, Ms. Kelly, and Ms. Stuart.