STA Student and Family Counselling Information and Support
“Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed; I am your God. I will strengthen you, and help you, and uphold you with my right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Hello from the counselling team at STA. We are thinking about all of the students and families during these uncertain times and want you to know that we are missing you. Please find information below on the process to access school counselling services during this time.
School Counselling Mandate:
School counselling is currently offering the same type of support for students and parents as when school was taking place in our building. We will continue to provide students with strategies and coping skills. However, if a student requires therapy, we will encourage the referral to an outside counsellor or Alberta Health Services.
School Counsellor Office Hours:
Monday to Friday; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Individual Counselling Support:
Current Counselling Students
Please reach out to your current counsellor through email or telephone for support. With your counsellor, you can determine the best way to access support through email, telephone, or Google Meets. Google Meets is a video conferencing app that allows participants to join pre-scheduled meetings.
New Counselling Students
Please fill out the Google Form and a counsellor will be in contact with you directly. The Google Form is also accessible on the Counselling Google Classroom. All Google Form requests will be reviewed during school hours, Monday to Friday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
The counsellors will be available for individual counselling support through email, telephone, or video conferencing through Google Meet. If you are connecting through Google Meet, please ensure you are in a space where you won’t be interrupted, just like you were in your counsellor’s office.
Counsellor Google Classroom:
Counselling information and resources will also be provided through a Google Classroom format.
Google Classroom Name - STA Counselling Connection
Classroom Code: vohfhcy
Family Counselling Support:
If a family requires counselling support, is having trouble meeting basic needs, or looking for community resources please contact the Family School Enhancement Counsellor (FSEC). FSEC Office Hours are from 9 - 4 pm, Monday to Friday.
Patricia Doyle-Poirier firstname.lastname@example.org 403 346 8951
Patrick Charlong email@example.com 403 346 8951
Karen Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org 403 304 5190
Cathy Swinston email@example.com 403 318 1434
The school counsellors for this year are Mr. Patrick Charlong and Mrs. Patricia Doyle-Poirier. Teachers or parents may refer students to a counsellor. Students may also make arrangements to meet with counsellor on their own. Our counsellors provide both personal and career counselling.
Family School Enhancement Counsellor
This is a service available as a liaison to child welfare, social workers and other local agencies. This year will represent our school. The service works in conjunction with our school counsellors.
Alberta Mental Health
The phone number for Alberta Mental Health is 403-340-5469. Parents can phone this number directly.
Speech and Language Services
Parents can contact Alberta Health Services at 403-314-5250 for referrals for these services.
Alberta Mental Health Crisis Help Line: 1-877-303-2642 Students who are in need of someone to talk to in a crisis situation may call the helpline, which is available to them 24 hours a day.
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