Counselling Centre & Student Services

Welcome to the Hugh Boyd Counselling Department,

Thank you for visiting.

Hugh Boyd School Counselling Services can support students and families through a variety of options, interventions and planning tools.  We provide many key services to support mental health, academic success and post-secondary planning. Our goal is to promote, provide and support well-being as advocates of mental health, relationships and development.

Please feel free to browse the information provided on this site and contact our department at your convenience.

COUNSELLING TEAM:

As noted below, each counsellor works with a section of our population that is divided alphabetically by last name.

Mr. Geordy Reid

Ms. Michelle Cheng

Ms. Johanna Jones

SEEING A COUNSELLOR:

Counselling appointments can be scheduled via our online booking system at www.boydcounselling.setmore.com(link is external)

Also, we can be accessed via our contact information above, or through drop-in service in the Counselling Centre adjacent to the Main Office at Hugh Boyd.

COUNSELLING ROLE:

The Ministry of Education’s Mental Health in School Strategy (MHiS) was introduced in 2021 to both acknowledge and address mental health issues in schools. This strategy is a detailed and all-encompassing approach to building resiliency, fostering wellness, highlighting classroom initiatives and collaborating with mental health professionals outside of the school system.

To view the MHiS document which outlines the Ministry’s objectives, please see this document:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/erase/documents/mental-health-wellness/mhis-strategy.pdf(link is external)

At Hugh Boyd, we have long been utilizing these same ambitions and ideas to inform our counselling beliefs and practices, emphasizing the importance of mental health promotion in our community.

One of our primary roles is to develop relationships with mental health resources and providers that can offer wraparound services that intervene and prevent threats to mental well-being. At Boyd, we have been working hard over the past 5 years to build these connections and establish an openness and awareness of mental health.

As seen below, the BC School System is a first responder and line of defense in working within a broad scope of mental health practices, and in having this role, we strive to build an increased capacity for understanding and appreciating mental health. 

While we are certainly effective at providing therapies and motivational interventions, our ability to do so on a clinical basis is challenged by demand and obligations outside of ongoing personal therapy. Fortunately, which reflects our mandate to promote mental health, Richmond provides numerous youths, individual and family counselling options that work in collaboration with our department. To maximize efforts in supporting mental wellness, we believe that wrap-around service is best. We urge families to seek these options, in connection with us, to support our students.

External Mental Health Resources and Providers in Richmond:

Below, we have provided links and contact numbers to ones that we feel have been successful in addressing a variety of mental health needs:

Vancouver Coastal Health Child and Adolescent Mental Health Programs

Foundry Richmond Mental Health

Touchstone Family Services

Trauma and Sexual Abuse (TASA) Richmond

Chimo Community Services and Counselling

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre at BC Children’s Hospital

Richmond Cares Richmond Gives (RCRG)

Richmond Addiction Services (RASS)

Richmond Victim Services

Reset Youth Team

HealthLink BC – Mental Health and COVID-19

Here to Help (COVID-19 and Mental Health Support)

Trans Lifeline – Transexual Youth Supports

Youth in BC Crisis Response – 24 Hour Crisis Line

USEFUL DOCUMENTS:

Wellness and Counselling Presentation(link is external)

Course Planning Presentation(link is external)

CAREER CENTRE
Career, scholarship, Post-secondary and apprenticeship information is available in the Career Centre. Services which are provided to students and parents include access to:

• Go to Hugh Boyd’s Career Centre Facebook page: search “Ms Jones Career Centre News” http://www.facebook.com/pages/ms-jones-career-centre-news/118346451579144 (link is external)
• Interactive career and post-secondary computer exploration programs (Career Cruising), education planner
• Calendar admission guides and pamphlets on post-secondary institutions in B.C. and other Canadian provinces
• Post-secondary entrance exam testing information and application forms (LPI, TOEFL,PSAT, SAT, ACT)
• Scholarship information and applications
• Applying for a job (resume information/ interview skills)
• Future job trends
• Post-secondary financial aid
• Career Programs – apprenticeship website: www.sd38.careerprograms.ca (link is external)

The career information advisor and counselors work together in providing up to date information to students, teaching staff, and parents. Students may access this service through their counselor or the career information advisor.

SCHOOL LIAISON PROGRAM
Hugh Boyd participates in the school police liaison program in conjunction with the Richmond R.C.M.P. Detachment. The purpose of this program is to enhance the working relationship between the police force, school and community.