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Student Services. You matter, you belong.

What we can help you with

Student Services provides information and direction concerning academic, educational, occupational, personal and post-secondary decisions. Students are seen on a self-referral basis; however administrators, teachers and parents may also make referrals. Counsellor appointments are suggested for both students and parents, in order to minimize the amount of class time missed. Individual and family support is available to assist with personal issues, study skills, time management, peer relations and goal setting. Scholarship information and post-secondary events are updated and advertised on a regular basis. Students can obtain assistance in completing post-secondary applications and are given tools and resources for self-exploration of scholarship opportunities.

Here are some tips for continued growth and happiness:

  • Remember your strengths! Use them to move yourself forward.
  • Focus on what is working your life.
  • Make a gratitude list.
  • Think POSITIVELY!
  • Use Affirmations – “I am strong” – “I will do this”.
  • Have Fun!
  • TRUST YOURSELF – this means listen to your intuition deep down inside.
  • Remember that asking for help is not a weakness but strength! Collect phone numbers of those that are ON YOUR SIDE!

Who to Contact

Phone:780.460.8490
Tweet us at: @BCHSstudentserv

Renee McDonald, Administrative Assistant
extension: 121
email: renee.mcdonald@spschools.org

Jeff Beaton, Counsellor
extension: 122
email: jeff.beaton@spschools.org

Kelly Lajoie, Counsellor
extension: 126
email: kelly.lajoie@spschools.org

Loretta Manning, Counsellor
extension: 123
email: loretta.manning@spschools.org

Facts from Alberta Health Services

Did You Know? Facts from Addiction Services

 

Tobacco

Among all students, 69.7% reported they had never tried smoking tobacco.
Although most Alberta youth do not smoke themselves, approximately 21.0% reported living with a smoker, and 28.5% of students had been exposed to second-hand smoke inside a vehicle in the week prior to the survey.

Quoted from the Alberta Youth Experience Survey (TAYES) 2008: survey 3,469 students Grades 7-12. If you are interested in further details from this survey see Wendy.

Tobacco’s a drag!

addictive + bad breath + blood pressure up + breathing faster + burn holes + cancer + cough develops + damaged lungs + dizzy + expensive + heart disease + heart speeds up + irritates people + nausea + pollutes air + shortness of breath + skin ages + smelly hair + stroke + tar on lungs + yellow fingers

The good news if one quits

  • 20 minutes later: blood pressure drops to normal
  • 8 hours: oxygen level in blood increases
  • 24 hours: chance of having a heart attack decreases
  • 2 weeks to 3 months: circulation improves and lung function increases to 30%
  • 1 year: risk of coronary heart disease is cut in half
  • 5 years: risk of stroke is reduced
  • 10 years: lung cancer death rate is cut in half
  • 15 years: risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a nonsmoker

 

Cannabis

Students’ perception of the prevalence of substance use is much higher than what it actually is. For instance, students perceived that 81.6% of all students used alcohol, but actually only 49.1% did, and they perceived that 62.4% of all students used canabis, but actually only 16.3% did.

Quoted from the Alberta Youth Experience Survey (TAYES) 2008: survey 3,469 students Grades 7-12. If you are interested in further details from this survey see Wendy.

 

Addiction

We all know people who drink, do drugs, gamble or smoke. Substance use and/or gambling, can affect any of us all whether we are using, or if someone we love is. Addiction is a complex. When it is in our family, it affects all of us and can have a lasting impact. This impact varies from person to person. If there is a member of your family with substance use/gambling problems or if you know someone who has substance use/gambling problems – there is help and hope.

If you are interested in chatting more about substance use (drugs, alcohol, and tobacco) or gambling, you can call Wendy directly at 780.460.4971, or email her at wendy.gruhlke-smar@albertahealthservices.ca.

  • AHS Addictions Office St. Albert – Wendy 780.460.4971
  • AHS 24 Hour Information Line1.866.332.2322
  • AHS – all kinds of information – www.albertahealthservcies.ca

 

Community Supports

  • Al-Anon or Al-Ateen – for family members or friends affected by someone else’s alcohol use – 24-hour line: 780.433.1818
  • www.al-anon-edmonton.org
  • Al-Ateen CHAT LINEhttp://chat.alateen.net
  • Al-Ateen Group in St. Albert – for teens affected by someone’s alcohol use – Thursdays 8pm at Sturgeon Valley Baptist Church (51 Woodlands Drive)
  • Naranon – for family members or friends impacted by someone else’s’ drug use – 780.952.1763 for information and/or books.
  • Gam-Anon – for friends and family impacted by someone else’s gambling 780.463.0892
April 2017 Workshops

Discover Your Identity, Not Your Image

Apr. 02, Apr. 09, Apr. 16, Apr. 23 & Apr. 30 from 12 – 3pm.  West Edmonton; $400 – $800.

Being a teenager is both incredible and demanding. So many teenagers have potential to become outstanding mentors and leaders and fail to uncover their greatness because they are faced with negative beliefs or past bad experiences.  These teens need to step it up and uncover their greatness.  We need to support them, have them lead by example and eliminate their negative beliefs. Allow your teenager to tell you, “I believe in me because..”  This incredible workshop will drastically change the way that your teenager looks at and feels about themselves.

What will your 13-16 year old achieve at this workshop?

We start off with the end in mind.  The end is to have your teen achieve their goals, have emotional intelligence, get along with their parents, accelerate their success, advance their problem solving techniques and become phenomenal leaders!This four weeks program will eliminate the negative beliefs that hold teenagers back from achieving their full potential.  These dynamic, fun, and powerful workshops will program your teenager for success and will uncover their greatness. We use proven techniques & strategies in goal-setting, communication and negotiation.

Key components covered at the workshop

  • Importance of positive beliefs
  • Believing in yourself and discovering your identity not your image
  • Sean Covey’s 7 Habits of  Highly effective Teens
  • Creating a vision and how to effectively enroll others in that vision
  • Advanced communication, negotiation and problem solving skills.
  • Emotional intelligence and leadership
  • Being a champion , becoming a mentor and leading by example
  • How to accelerate your success and how to maintain momentum
  • Goal Setting & the power of intentions
  • How to walk the fashion runaway and shine

For more information or to register, contact Empowered Me at 780.265.6884.

 

Parenting in Blended Families

Apr. 07 from 6.30 – 9.30pm & Apr. 08 from 9am – 4pm. #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $150 (subsidies are available; please enquire at time of registration).

Blended or step-families are more common than ever as people with children connect with new partners after divorce or separation. These families come in all shapes and sizes; one or both parents may have children, and they may decide to have children together.

Blended families will likely face far more challenges than you’d ever imagined. Whether it’s complicated schedules, sibling conflicts, parenting styles, or issues with ex-partners, your new life will be complex and sometimes frustrating. Yet it will also be highly rewarding once you get over the ‘bumps.’

One thing is certain—you have to work hard in a blended family to build lasting relationships based on love and trust. The Parenting in Blended Families workshop will help you understand the roles of the natural and step-parents as well as your children’s responses to the breakups of prior relationships. We’ll help you develop strategies for a more positive and healthy home together.

What will you learn?

You will build skills for parenting children from different families by understanding:

  • How step-families develop
  • Your children’s response to separation and divorce
  • How to create parenting plans and discipline in blended families
  • The role of the natural parent
  • The role of the step-parent
  • How to communicate with co-parents, and
  • How to deal with conflict

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Creating effective parenting strategies and giving positive feedback
  • Addressing misbehaviour or other issues
  • Setting boundaries, limits, and guidelines
  • Communicating with your child or children
  • Providing a nurturing home environment
  • Minimizing the negative effects of divorce or separation (if applicable), and
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536.

 

Women & Anger

Apr. 21 from 6.30 – 9.30pm & Apr. 22 from 9am – 4pm. #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $150 (subsidies are available; please enquire at time of registration).

Anger is a natural emotion you experience when something doesn’t go as planned or someone contradicts what you think is “right.” People of all ages and personalities experience anger but how we respond to it varies greatly from person to person. There are also many emotions associated with anger that range from mild frustration to full-blown rage.

When anger becomes an issue, you may find yourself holding in negative thoughts, taking your negativity out on others, and in some cases, even acting impulsively or doing something you are ashamed of. For women, you may have challenges setting boundaries in relationships, which may contribute to your angry feelings. This is when you need strategies to effectively express your anger. The Women and Anger Workshop provides hands-on ways to deal with anger so you can have positive relationships and address conflict in a positive and healthy way.

What will you learn?

You will learn how to address anger as a normal, healthy emotion by understanding:

  • The underlying emotions connected with anger in women
  • Your own triggers for anger
  • Effective ways to deal with and express anger
  • Ways to set healthy boundaries in relationships
  • How to manage stress
  • How to effectively communicate and resolve conflict
  • Why self-esteem/self-worth affect anger

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Communicating, resolving conflict, setting boundaries, and asserting yourself
  • Sharing your most important concerns with others
  • Identifying personal traits to address specific issues, such as positive self-esteem, healthy boundaries, stress management, and emotional triggers
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536.

 

Men & Anger

Apr. 28 from 6.30 – 9.30pm & Apr. 29 from 9am-4pm. #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $150 (subsidies are available; please enquire at time of registration).

Anger is a natural emotion you experience when something doesn’t go as planned or someone contradicts what you think is “right.” People of all ages and personalities experience anger but how we respond to it varies greatly from person to person. There are also many emotions associated with anger that range from mild frustration to full-blown rage.

When anger becomes an issue, you may find yourself holding in negative thoughts, taking your negativity out on others, and in some cases, even acting impulsively or doing something you are ashamed of later. This is when you need strategies to effectively express your anger. The Men and Anger workshop provides hands-on ways to deal with anger so you can have positive relationships and address conflict in a positive and healthy way.

What will you learn?

You will learn how to address anger as a normal, healthy emotion by understanding:

  • The underlying emotions connected with anger in men
  • Your own triggers for anger
  • Effective ways to deal with and express anger
  • Ways to set healthy boundaries in relationships
  • How to manage stress
  • How to effectively communicate and resolve conflict
  • Why self-esteem/self-worth affect anger

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Communicating, resolving conflict, setting boundaries, and asserting yourself
  • Sharing your most important concerns with others
  • Identifying personal traits to address specific issues, such as positive self-esteem, healthy boundaries, stress management, and emotional triggers
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536.

May 2017 Workshops

Mothers and Daughters

May 07 from 12 – 4pm.  Best Western Westwood Inn (18035 Stony Plain Road), Edmonton; $40 ($20 each for mother and daughter).

At Empowered Me, we believe that the mother-daughter relationship is of prime importance because mothers are such influential role models for their daughters. It is also a challenge growing from girlhood to womanhood. For these reasons alone, Empowered Me offers a selection of mother/daughter workshops to provide valuable support to mothers and their daughters.

The Mother Daughter Workshops enhances communication and listening skills for Mothers or “Other Mothers” and Daughters. Cultural differences may impact communication skills. We customize the workshops to the audience in the class. The focus is on helping participants identify and support life and aspirations for girls.

We will focus on the following insights on improving mother daughter relationships:

  • Having realistic expectations and setting boundaries
  • Communicating using ‘I’ statements, rather than being accusatory
  • Put yourself in her shoes.
  • Sticking to the present.
  • Group Project (mother and daughter)
  • Group Discussion (mothers only)
  • Group Discussion (daughters only)
  • Interactive discussion

For more information or to register, contact Empowered Me at 780.265.6884.

 

Stand Strong, the Ultimate Empowerment

May 07, May 14, May 21 & May 28 from 12 – 3pm.  West Edmonton; $400 – $800.

For many youths today, life involves a painful tug-of-war consisting of mixed messages, unanswerable questions of emotions and incompatible demands from their parents, teachers, friends and themselves. This period of life involves exiting the sheltered period of teen hood and reliance on others, and attaining adulthood and independence. This period in life is affiliated with many problems, as youths struggle to find solutions to life, fit themselves into the community, and stay content.Parents and teachers need to put their minds on the problems of youths, to face realities, to face the world as it is and the lives that the youth have chosen to live.  As parents of these youths we need to give our sympathetic help in every way that we can.  Our workshops empowers the youth to stand strong and believe in themselves as they continue to have an amazing life journey.

Is your youth…

  • Distant and non-communicative with you?
  • Closing you off from their world?
  • Disrespectful towards you, fights with you and argues quite often?

Do you wish…

 You were genuinely bonded and were best friends?

  • You could gain their trust, love, admiration and respect?
  • Your communication was open, sincere and uncomplicated.
  • Your youth would welcome you into their world?

Or does your youth…

  • Want to continue to grow and strengthen their foundation?
  • Display confidence but want to further develop their leadership skills?
  • Create a positive support network of friends?
  • Desire to have a passion for life and learning?

This workshop will help your youth:

  • Believe in themselves
  • Overcome limiting beliefs
  • Develop resilience and gain self-esteem esteem and confidence
  • Gain courage & determination to overcome life’s obstacles
  • Think big, set goals and achieve them
  • Be the best that they can be and reach their full potential

For more information or to register, contact Empowered Me at 780.265.6884.

 

Self-Esteem and Assertiveness

May 9, May 11, May 16 & May 18 from 6.00pm – 8.30pm. #20, 9912 – 106 Street, Edmonton; $150 (subsidies are available; please enquire at time of registration).

Do you find it difficult to speak up for yourself and share your opinions or feelings, especially when they aren’t the same as someone else’s? Being assertive is critical for self-esteem and your overall health and happiness. But if you lack self-confidence, it can be very hard. You may believe you don’t deserve to be heard or that your opinion doesn’t matter. You may feel nervous about how others will react to your thoughts, and even find yourself putting other people’s needs before your own.

It is possible to raise your self-esteem and learn real-life ways to be assertive. You have a right to be heard, make your own choices, and even say ‘no.’ Our Self-Esteem and Assertiveness workshop will help you do that. It could be the first step you need in becoming seen and respected as the strong individual you are inside.

What will you learn?

You will build self-esteem and assertive communication skills by understanding:

  • Self-esteem and ways to build it
  • Self-defeating behaviours
  • How to communicate assertively
  • Ways to set healthy boundaries
  • How to effectively resolve conflict
  • Anger and its relation to self-esteem

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Communicating, resolving conflict, setting boundaries, and asserting yourself
  • Sharing your most important concerns
  • Identifying personal traits to address specific issues, such as positive self-esteem, healthy boundaries, stress management, and emotional triggers
  • Solving day-to-day problems and challenges

For more information or to register, contact The Family Centre at 780.497.7536.

SAT Test Resource

Students who are interested in taking the SAT Test will find www.testdatescentral.com/sat-test-dates.html a very useful webpage to visit.  The site has test dates for numerous exams (all in one location), and even has practice questions and SAT math review videos, which are really helpful.