Family School Liaison Counsellor

The Family School Liaison team includes two counsellors, Kelly Schmaltz and Cindy Lerner.  Kelly will be primarily working with K-8 students and Cindy will primarily work with Grade 9-12 students.  

Hi! My name is Kelly Schmaltz and I am a Family School Liaison Counsellor at Heritage Christian Academy. I am a Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling, MPCC with my Masters of Christian Counselling. I am honoured to be serving this community by assisting children, youth, and families cope with challenges in their lives.

The Family School Liaison Counsellors in Palliser Regional School Division are responsible for more than one school. As a result, I also serve at Calgary Christian Elementary School. I am available at Heritage on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  If you have any questions or you would like to access FSLC services, please contact me, Kelly Schmaltz, at 403-771-4350 or kelly.schmaltz@pallisersd.ab.ca.

Hi! My name is Cindy Lerner and I am happy to be serving at Heritage Christian Academy once a week to provide support for the high school students.  I am a certified teacher and have taught Junior High for a number of years before beginning my career in counselling.  I look forward to working with the youth and families at Heritage.  I am available at HCA on Mondays and you can contact me at 403-863-2346 or cindy.lerner@pallisersd.ab.ca.  Appointments can be scheduled online by visiting cindylerner@youcanbook.me. Please remember to only select an appointment on Monday.  

 

Our Role

FSLCs provide counselling support to students and families and when appropriate, we also direct families to outside services. In many cases, we provide support and information through consultation and may make referrals to agencies such as; Mental Health, psychological services, medical clinics, and social services. In addition to counselling, we offer classroom presentations on various topics aimed at supporting student’s mental, emotional, social and behavioral wellness so that they may achieve their optimal potential in all areas. 

Some of the areas in which we support students and their families include:

  • Family Relationships: separation/divorce, blended families, sibling conflict, grief & loss

  • Social Relationships: peer pressure, social skills, bullying, friendship

  • Emotional concerns: anxiety, stress, anger management, depression, self esteem, substance abuse, emotional/physical/sexual abuse, suicidal thoughts

  • Spiritual concerns: moral choices, questions about God or the Bible, feelings of guilt or shame, struggling with forgiveness

 

How Services are Accessed...

Counselling is accessed on a referral basis. Teachers, principals, and parents may refer students about whom they have concerns, and parents must give their permission for services to commence, at which point an intake appointment will be scheduled.  At times, a student may seek out counselling personally, in which case, we are able to meet with a child once before a referral by a parent or teacher is given and an intake appointment and parental consent is provided. 

Click here for a referral form.

 

Student & Parent Resources

GENERAL INFORMATION
Kids Health: www.kidshealth.org 
Teen Health: http://kidshealth.org/teen/
Help Phone: www.kidshelpphone.ca 

ANXIETY
Anxiety BC: www.anxietybc.com

What to do when you worry too much: https://dentonllc.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/what-to-do-when-you-worry-too-much-a-kids-guide-to-overcoming-anxiety.pdf

Anxiety Prescription: http://fcrc-test.otherorange.com/health-information/library/information-prescriptions/anxiety/      

Apps For Anxiety: http://www.adam.mb.ca/blog/apps-for-anxiety

EMOTIONAL REGULATION
Progressive Muscle Relaxation Exercises - You Tube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaTDNYjk-Gw

Automatic Thoughts - YouTube Wellcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2zRA5zCA6M

FREE EDUCATION SESSIONS/WORKSHOPS
Family & Community Resource Centre: http://fcrc.albertahealthservices.ca/ces.php

FRIENDSHIP
Strengthening peer relationships: http://www.snipsf.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Inclusion-Tool-Kit-Part-6_Lets-Play_-Activities-That-Strengthen-Peer-Relationships.pdf

MENTAL HEALTH ARTICLES
Stigma and Discrimination: http://ontario.cmha.ca/mental-health/mental-health-conditions/stigma-and-discrimination/ 

Study: Impact of unaddressed mental health issues on students is severe: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/09/19/study-impact-of-unaddressed-mental-health-issues-on-students-is-severe/

PARENTING
Dr. Ross Green's Collaborative Problem Solving Approach: http://www.livesinthebalance.org/

Focus on the Family: www.focusonthefamily.ca

Special Time: A time for connecting with your child: http://www.kathyeugster.com/articles/article001.htm

How to talk so kids will listen & listen so kids will talk: http://www.mountvernon.k12.ia.us/uploads/2/6/5/2/26525259/how-to-talk-so-kids-will-listen.pdf

5 tips for a positive relationship with your teen: http://www.familyshare.com/parenting/5-tips-for-a-positive-relationship-with-your-teen