Family School Liaison
The Family School Liaison Counselling Program is student and family focused and community conscious. The program works with families and students, kindergarten to grade 12, in need of assistance in order that the children may achieve academic, personal and social success.
- Child/student and family maintain effective working relationships with the school.
- Students and families will be empowered to access resources from the school and community.
- Members of the school community will have greater knowledge, skills and strategies in identifying and dealing with behavioural, social and emotional issues.
- Coordinated service is provided to children and families through a timely, collaborative process.
The Family School Liaison Program creates a valuable link between home, school and other agencies as required. The program provides services directly to the child and family at the school or a mutually agreed upon community site. These services are free and available to any family with students attending Livingstone Range School Division #68.
Program services can be divided into five categories:
The primary role of the Family School Liaison Counsellor is to provide individual or small group counselling sessions with children.
Assessment of needs through consultation with school staff, parents, students and related community services.
Involvement of the child and/or family in a counselling intervention aimed at alleviating the problems/concerns.
Evaluation of services.
Supporting safe and caring school initiatives.
Facilitating presentations/workshops on identified areas of need for students/families/school personnel or within the community.
Referral of the child/family to appropriate community agencies when required.
Involvement as a team member with doctors, Alberta Addictions & Health Services, Child & Youth Services, Solicitor General personnel and other appropriate agencies to assist in improving the situation of the student / family, providing wraparound services.
Establishment of a liaison with community agencies and to provide a link between school personnel and appropriate community agencies’ personnel.
Identification of existing community resources to meet the needs of children and family.
Behaviour Support Mentoring:
Involvement with appropriate school personnel to assist students to overcome difficulties and develop to their full potential.
Consult with school personnel to provide knowledge, skills & strategies to support students with behavioural and emotional difficulties.
Involvement with school Threat Assessment and Divisional Post Crisis Response Team
THE ROLE OF THE FAMILY SCHOOL LIAISON COUNSELLOR
This program is intended to primarily provide short term counselling intervention, not therapy. Where more intensive services are required, the Family School Liaison Counsellor will make a referral to the appropriate community resource.
- Counsel/support students individually and or in groups
- Enhance family situations through support, education and referral
- Partners with school based resource teams and community based professional teams to meet students/families needs
- Consult in writing and monitoring of individual program plans
- Facilitate/provide school wide prevention programs e.g. Bully proofing
- Facilitate/provide classroom presentations, e.g. Relationship building, self esteem, problem solving, etc.
- Liaise with community agencies such as Family and Community Support Services, Child and Youth Services, Alberta Health Services (Mental Health and Addictions), medical personnel, etc.
- Participate in special community projects
- Coordinate services with Native Liaison workers and/or native band representatives, when applicable
- Participate on the school based Threat Assessment Team and divisional Post Crisis Response Team
- Work in partnership with school personnel in meeting student needs
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Kendra Massie
Clinical Team Leader
5202 - 5th Street East
Claresholm, AB T0L 0T0
Telephone: (403) 625-3356
Fax: (403) 625-2424