Counselling

Many factors can affect students’ well-being and their ability to keep up with their academic responsibilities. Our counsellors offer students the support and resources necessary for them to achieve academic, personal, and social well-being.

The Senior School and boarding community each have their own dedicated counsellors. Our main objective is to ensure our students have every opportunity to be successful in school. Counselling is confidential unless we believe the student is at risk. Our counsellors will also work with parents, but as students get older and more independent, they become our primary focus.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the procedure for a student or parent interested in counselling?

Students can visit their counsellor anytime. Parents are also welcome to make an appointment with a counsellor to discuss their children. Teachers, support staff, medical staff, the chaplain or administrators may also refer students to the counselling office.

Can students attend counselling sessions within their timetable?

For students in Senior School, appointment times for counselling do not conflict with classes and responsibilities unless there is an urgent need for the student. For example, the counsellor will see students in their spares, during lunch break, after school, or, if necessary, during non-academic class time.

How often can students receive counselling?

Frequency of appointments depends on the need of the student, as well as their obligations and time commitments. A student with a high need may pop in to see a counsellor almost daily until they are feeling better and some students will see a counsellor once a week throughout the year. Others may pop in to see a counsellor once or twice and then not need a visit again in their whole time at SMUS.

Is counselling ever mandatory?

At the Senior School, counselling is not usually mandatory. However, if a student's mental health or decision-making interferes with their school performance (academic, personal, or social), an administrator may ask the student to see either the school counsellor or a registered clinical counsellor or psychologist off campus. The main objective is for the students to get the support needed to enable them to meet with success at school (for example, help building self-confidence or making good decisions). Recommendations are made with that in mind.

SMUS ViewbookThe Senior School viewbook provides an overview of programs and the SMUS experience.

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