Our student services department is vibrant hub of energy and enthusiasm, ready to support students in many ways:
Mrs. Cordingley is our school counsellor, and counsels on topics such as educational planning, post-secondary and careers, and personal or crisis issues. She also leads her expertise to teaching Psychology and works to organize post-secondary institution visits and Junior High shadow days. We also rely on her diverse skill set and experience to act as a point of first contact for students, and she will refer them to the psychologist or social worker if need be. She can be reached at Sandra.email@example.com
We are blessed to have a Registered Provisional Counselling Psychologist on staff, working full time to help St. FX students. Adriana Henderson has a wealth of experience teaching in schools, and extensive training and experience in counselling and therapy. She offers individual and group counselling sessions but must have written permission from a parent or legal guardian before she can work with a student. She focuses on healthy living and fostering positive mental health and personal growth. Students can be referred to her through the counsellor or their grade coordinator.
St. FX has a fantastic student services team than includes a full time Family School Liaison Social Worker, or FSLW. We were fortunate to have Megan Edmonds join our ranks and she has been exceptional in her support of students and families in need. She can provide supportive and informal counselling when needed and would refer students to either the counsellor or psychologist if the situation warrants greater service. She offers help to students facing challenging times in many areas of their lives, such as in school, home, or peer relationships. She also has many connections with outside organizations and can provide referrals to support systems in place in the broader community. She can be accessed by referral from either the counselor or the grade coordinator.
For students or family that struggle to deal with substance abuse or addictions, Erin Black is our part time counsellor provided to us from Alberta Health Services (AHS). She focuses on providing confidential support regarding drug or alcohol use or abuse and is also a fantastic source of information and community supports. She takes referrals from any of the student supports team and is willing to just meet a student if she has some free space in her schedule.
One of our more obvious team members wears her Edmonton Police Service uniform proudly as she walks the halls and helps students and staff in many ways. Constable Erin Jennett has worked for EPS for many years and brings her wealth of experience and knowledge to our school. Not only will she investigate criminal and non-criminal offenses and help maintain the safety of our school, she also works to mentor and empower students to make healthy choices in life. Erin is also active in providing presentations to our students, ranging from topics on drugs to legal aspects of relationships and consent. Her office is on the second floor, but she can be found all over the school and is always willing to stop and chat.