Family School Liaison Counsellor
Foothills School Division No. 38
High River, AB
Foothills School Division is currently seeking several Family School Liaison Counselors for the 2019-2020 school year.

Family School Liaison counsellors (FSLCs) are employed by FSD to work in each of Foothills School Division Schools. FSLCs may work across several schools in the division. These positions, will work with students and families from the K - 12 grade level.

As an integral team member, the FSLC works with a variety of educators and other service providers to assist students and families. Crisis intervention in the resolution of student related home/school conflict, establishing therapeutic relationships with students and their families to resolve concerns, developing and providing preventative programs for students/families and educators as well as networking with appropriate service agencies are part of the FSLC's role. The FSLC will hold a Bachelor or Masters degree in Social Work and/or Counseling. Previous experience working with emotionally and behaviourally challenged students and their families is an asset. If you would describe yourself as an organized self-starter with strong interpersonal skills an ability to multi-task in this unique environment, we welcome your application.

Competition Deadline: Competition will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired.

Family School Liaison Counsellor Role Description

Under the supervision of School Principals and the Counseling Coordinator, the Family School Liaison Counsellor works as part of the school team to support students and their families in reducing barriers to learning and helps students to be successful in school, at home, and in their community . FSLCs work together with families/guardians, outside agencies and school staff to help students meet their social-emotional, behaviour and learning goals at school. Support is provided through counselling, advocacy and assistance in navigating and accessing community agencies and resources. FSLC understand the cultural context of the schools they work in and ensure their work supports and complements the work of the school team. The Family School Liaison Counsellor is committed to targeted learning and professional development to support their role as part of the school based team and achievement of system goals.
As part of the SBT (school based team), FSLCs provide the following support to schools:

In consultation with SBT determine necessary plan for counselling interventions, capacity building sessions or consultations as required
FSLC utilizes a cognitive based model in providing brief counselling to students and families.
FSLC will share student and family information within the collaborative problem solving team model.
Link student/family and educators to appropriate resources that contribute to the resolution of student related school/challenges with follow through to ensure access to multi-system or agency supports.
Provide preventative, proactive and early intervention plans, capacity building opportunities for students/families and educators (i.e. Positive Mental Health, Trauma Informed Practices).
Conduct risk assessments and intervention plans.
Work with students and families as part of the SBT to provide a continuum of support.
Work to build collaborative working partnerships between organizations, institutions and systems relevant to child, youth and family well-being; including participation in interagency groups and committees.
Assess and respond to crisis and threats that affect students, staff and the school community as part of the VTRA/Critical Response Team.
Keep current statistics on student interventions and work with Counseling Coordinator in preparing and presenting funding proposal requests.
Coordinate and implement groups for identified students with specified emotional, social and behavioural needs.

Qualifications:
Bachelor Degree or Master’s Degree (preferred) in Counselling Psychology or Social Work. A related field may be considered. Eligibility for registration with a recognized designated governing body.

We appreciate and consider all applications, but only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.