Youth Service Worker, Stephanie Borden and School Counsellor, Carolyn Black
Welcome to our page! Please feel free to contact us if you would like assistance in any of the following areas.
Academic Advisement and Career Counselling: We regularly meet with students to ensure they have the necessary courses to meet high school graduation requirements. We also assist with planning for life after high school whether it be college or university, apprenticeship, exchanges or entering the world of work.
Personal Counselling: We have training related to suicide intervention, anxiety, stress, grief, mediation and have helped clients effectively develop coping strategies. We also make referrals to Community Mental Health when deemed appropriate.
Group Counselling: We are able to offer a range of small support groups if we have sufficient interest. In the past we’ve offered groups that focus on anxiety, anger management, friendship and coping skills.
Assessment Specialization: Mrs. Black is qualified to administer and interpret B and C level assessments. This includes a variety of achievement tests and screening tools for mental health purposes. If you’re struggling academically we may recommend having an assessment done, so we can get a clearer picture of how to best help you. Further testing with a school psychologist may be recommended.
Methods for Referrals: There are a number of options available for students and parents.
Self-Referral: A student can just drop by and set up their own appointment. Parental consent is not required unless Mrs. Black deems that ongoing therapy is necessary. If a student is 16 years of age or older, parental consent is not required to visit the school counsellor. Both Ms. Borden and Mrs. Black are obligated to report if we have safety concerns for the student (If someone is hurting them in some way, they are at risk to harm themselves or someone else.)
Principal, Vice-Principal or Teacher Referral: Often teachers will ask us to check in with a student. Reasons for this may vary greatly. It could be a death in the family, a parental separation, behavior concerns, etc.
Parental Referral: Parents may also contact us via phone or email and ask that we speak with their child.
We’ve been seeing an increasing number of students with anxiety lately. We’ve found some videos you may find helpful and included the links below.
Rethinking Anxiety: Learning to Face Fear:
Psychologist Dawn Huebner discusses CBT as a method to overcome anxiety. She encourages us to listen to your worry but to talk back to it, challenge it, correct it and then to hopefully overcome it. She shares her idea that by feeding your worry, you are actually making it worse.
Video length: 18 mins 12seconds.
How to Cope With Anxiety:
This video presenter, Olivia Remes of the University of Cambridge- outlines 3 coping skills for anxiety while explaining the challenges of anxiety while differentiating between anxiety disorders and feeling anxious/stresses.
Video length: 15mins 15 seconds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWloIAQpMcQ
How to Make Stress Your Friend:
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
Video length: 14 mins 22seconds. https://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend
Some helpful links for information and resources:
- Prince Edward Island Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
- Holland College
- University of Prince Edward Island
- English Language School Board
- French Language School Board
- PEI Mental Health Association
- PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Center
- Catholic Family Services
- Community Mental Health
- Career Development Services
- Family Service PEI
- Addiction Services on PEI
- Victim Services
- Family Violence Prevention Services
- Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention
- Community Legal Information Association on PEI
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- Kids Health