Welcome to Michelle Smith
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!
My name is Michelle Smith and I am thrilled to be joining the Woodbridge Farms team as the School Counsellor. I have been employed with Elk Island Public Schools since 1999 as a teacher in Grades 1, 2, 4 and 6. In 2011, I completed a Masters degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta, with a specialization in School Counselling, and I am currently a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. My role at the school is to support student learning by helping students to thrive emotionally, socially, and academically. I work collaboratively with administrators, teachers, parents and students to establish a safe and caring school environment in which children can learn to the best of their ability. I also oversee the programming for students with diverse needs, and support parents and families by providing resources and referrals to community supports and agencies as needed.
This year, I will be at Woodbridge Farms on Tuesdays, Fridays and alternating Wednesdays.
You may contact me by calling the school office at (780) 464-3330 or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to meeting you!
The role of the school counsellor focuses on meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of students. This may involve a variety of activities, including individual and/or group counselling, cognitive and academic assessments, social skills training, and classroom lessons.
Because of the unique individual needs of families and students, referrals to community agencies are often an effective way to meet these needs. The following list highlights several of the resources available in our community that work closely with schools to provide services to those who need them.
Counselling, Strathcona County Family and Community Services 464-4044
Individual, couples, family and group counselling
Fees on a sliding scale, dependent on client income
Counselling, Alberta Mental Health 467-6562
Counselling services for all ages
Individual counselling and group therapy
Family School Liaison Worker (FSLW) 464-4044
Help school age children and their families deal with emotional and behavioural issues that interfere with learning
Support group for adults dealing with divorce or separation
The Parachute Group 464-4044
Small group experience for children from ECS to Grade 12 who have experienced loss as a result of divorce, separation or death
Designed to help children/youth put feelings into words, work through their grief, build self-esteem, and develop acceptance for the change in their family
Family Home Visitation Program 464-4044
Support for parents of children 0-5 years
Provides links for community resources, enhance parenting skills, promote health family life
Parent Link 416-6730 (children 0 - 6 years) 3 Spruce Avenue
Parent Link centres are places that parents can go to with their children to meet other parents, participate in play with their children, and obtain information and support to help with parenting challenges. Services focus on family support, parent education, early learning and care, and information and referral.