Counsellor Process


How to Become a Counsellor

1. Attend a lunch time info meeting at your school (optional)

Cheakamus Centre will host a lunch time meeting at North Vancouver Secondary Schools in June or September to share an overview of the program and answer any questions you may have.

2. Fill out an online Application Form

Grade 10-12 students are encouraged to apply to become a Counsellor for the Outdoor School Program at Cheakamus Centre. Applications are to be filled in online in early September – please check with your school for the deadline to be considered for certain workshops. We will check in with the student’s school counsellor prior to approving their application. Parents information will be collected through the application and a notification will be sent to the parent when they apply. If space is available, applications may be accepted throughout the school year.

3. Attend a weekend Counsellor Training Workshop at Cheakamus Centre

If your application has been approved we will contact you to let you know which weekend training workshop you have been invited too. We do our best to match you to the preferences ranked on your application. The workshop dates for the 2019-2020 school year are Sept 27-29, 2019, Nov 15-17, 2019 and Feb 21-23, 2020. Transportation is provided to and from Cheakamus Centre.

Requirements to attend training

1. Attend an after-school Counsellor Training Orientation Meeting at Sutherland Secondary prior to your workshop (you will be emailed the details).

2. $115 fee: this fee helps to offset the cost it takes to train each counsellor (about $200 per students). Payments are made through the School Cash Online System. If you require financial assistance, please contact your school counsellor.

3. Counsellor Training Informed Consent Form and Medical Form are completed and returned to your school counsellor or work experience facilitator.

Attending Outdoor School as a Counsellor

1. Sign-up to counsel for the Outdoor School Program

After you’ve finished your training workshop, we will let you know available counselling weeks for the Grade 4 and 6 Outdoor School Programs at Cheakamus Centre. Counselling weeks are 3-5 days long, and run from October to mid-May. Please contact odsleaders@sd44.ca if you have questions about available counselling weeks. Trained counsellors are required to counsel at least once before the end of the school year.

2. Required forms are to be emailed to odsleaders@sd44.ca at least 1 week prior to your counselling week.

3. Attend the Outdoor School Program as a Counsellor

4. Receive Feedback

Counsellors receive real-time feedback during their counselling week, and will have a chance to review notes from teachers and staff at the end of the week. We are happy to prepare a one page Counsellor Evaluation for your counselling week, but at this time they are available by request only. Please email odsleaders@sd44.ca and provide at least 2 weeks notice if you require an evaluation, or volunteer/work experience forms filled out by our team.