OBJECTIVES & ACTIVITIES.
The Council of School Counsellors (CSC) seeks to maintain and improve guidance programs and services throughout Alberta's schools.
To carry out its mandate, the CSC encourages professional development of practicing counsellors, and promotes the liaison of counsellors with other professionals in the helping professions.
Much of the work of the Council is done at the regional level and consists of conferences, meetings and liaison with outside agencies.
The Council holds a conference that serves to bring together widely known speakers and practitioners and that affords the opportunity for vital networking. In addition, to promote the profession and to honor those who excel, the Council grants the Murray Jampolsky award annually to an outstanding practicing school counsellor in the province.
The CSC publishes The Alberta Counselletter newsletter and the Canadian School Counselling Review journal (previously titled, The Alberta Counsellor).
Anyone who is working with students in a helping capacity or who has a special interest in assisting students to realize maximum benefit from their school experiences will benefit from involvement with the Guidance Council. Non-ATA members may join on a subscription basis.
Active members of the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) and associate members who are eligible for active membership as specified in ATA bylaws are eligible for regular membership in specialist councils. This includes superintendents, deputy superintendents and teachers in charter, federal and private schools who are associate members of the ATA. Regular members are entitled to all the benefits and services of council membership including the right to vote and hold office. If you are a member of the ATA, all you have to do is click here and login to the your Alberta Teacher’s Association account (if you’ve never logged in, have your Teaching Certificate number handy).
Life members of the ATA are eligible for life membership in specialist councils and are entitled to all the benefits and services of council membership except the right to hold office. If you are a life member of the ATA, all you have to do is click here and login to the your Alberta Teacher’s Association account (if you’ve never logged in, have your Teaching Certificate number handy).
Student members of the ATA are eligible for student membership in specialist councils. Student members are entitled to all the benefits and services of council membership except the right to hold office. There is no fee for student members of the Association to become student members of a specialist council. If you are a student member of the ATA, all you have to do is click here and login to the your Alberta Teacher’s Association account.
Persons or corporations who are ineligible for active or associate membership in the ATA, such as home-school liaison workers, school psychologists, Student Health Initiative staff, teaching assistants, parents and libraries, as well as retired or non‐active teachers, may be connected with specialist councils by paying a subscription fee of $35/year. Subscribers are eligible to receive council publications and attend council conferences at the member rate as well as other services as determined by the council, but are not members of the council. To register, please contact Cheryl.OBrien@ata.ab.ca.