Psychology For You is a series of workshops put on for parents by IWK psychologists. Past sessions have been recorded so that you can watch them right on your computer. Topics include: autism, anxiety, challenging behaviour, ADHD, stress, step parenting, eating disorders and more.
Dr. Patrick McGrath is a psychologist, professor at Dalhousie University and Vice-President of Research at the IWK Health Centre, as well as a parent. If you have a question about parenting you can send it to him as well as see his answers to previous questions about all things related to raising children.
Or call 464-4110 if you would like information on accessing the IWK's mental health programs.
The IWK offers bereavement groups for adolescents who have lost a loved one.
Information on helping your child with homework, studying and organization.
The MFRC promotes the well being of all of those who share the experience of military life. They offer programs for children and youth, adults and families.
What are some reasons children see counsellors?
There are many reasons children come to guidance. Among these are:
problems with friendships and being with others
concerns about bullying and harassment
being worried or stressed out about things that are happening in class, at school or outside of school
handling feelings, including anger and aggression
looking for information or help for others
being scared or feeling unsafe for any reason
just needing to be heard by someone who they can trust
I know in most cases, your children already talk to you about things that may be happening with them- the school counsellor can be another ally for both them and you.
How do you typically work with students?
See students individually
Work with small groups of students with common concerns in the guidance area (e.g. friendships, divorce)
Consultation and Collaboration: parents, teachers and administration
What is the referral process?
If your child is recommended for Guidance Services the referring teacher will notify you. The guidance counsellors will then contact home to arrange for the consent form to be signed if you wish for your child to participate. After the consent form is signed and the child is added to my caseload I will contact you to keep you updated periodically. Parents may also contact me if you wish to refer your child for guidance support and the same protocol will be followed.
Do you work with parents and guardians?
I am available to discuss your children with you. You may reach out by email or phone (please just be mindful of confidentiality concerns when using emails). I may be able to offer support and help with problem-solving, as well as suggest resources and ideas. At times, we may collaborate together with the school staff and your child to help him or her have a successful experience at school.
How does confidentiality work?
Keeping a trusting counselling relationship with students is very important. As a result, most of what happens during individual sessions is confidential between the counsellor and the child. This is more important for older children than younger ones- I will likely share more information about students in the early grades, since they are not yet as independent. Be assured that I will contact you if there is something that I believe is important for you to know. You know your child best and see them daily, and are therefore a valuable ally- my hope is that we will collaborate regularly.
Sometimes, parents or guardians will contact the counsellor for an update on what is happening. In this case, counsellors usually consult with the student and decide together what information to give. Students themselves are free to give as much information as they choose about our work together.