Vincent Massey has a rich support system for students. The Student Services office provides / facilitates many options for students seeking advice, information, guidance and support.
On this page you will find the following information:
- Counselling Services
- Resource Services
- Vincent Massey Social Worker
- Referals to Specialized Support
- Accessibility at Massey
- Teen Clinic
- Stress & Wellness Resource
- Community Resources
Counsellors provide services for students, parents, and teachers. Students wishing to see a counsellor or resource teacher are encouraged to arrange appointments directly or to leave a message in the Student Services office. Appointments can be arranged during spares, over the lunch hour, or prior to or immediately after regular school hours.
If a student's needs are urgent, he/she can also request an appointment during class time.
Crystal Klassen (Grades 9-10) 729-3199
Erin Kowal (Grades 11-12) 729-3179
Personal: home, school, peer relationships, physical, mental, emotional social concerns.
Academic: planning high school programs, assisting with academic difficulties, study strategies.
Career/Post-Secondary: information and planning.
Academic Registration and Records: registration, course changes, transcripts, attendance tracking, demographics.
Referrals: referral to outside services for continued support of student's physical, mental and emotional health.
Student Services Brochure 18-19.pdf
Our school has four resource teachers who work closely with the entire school staff in providing leadership and guidance in providing program supports for students. Their role is to serve both students and teachers by assisting in the identification and delivery of the most appropriate academic program for students.
Dean Scheepmaker (Grades 9-10) 729-3178
Ian Benson (Grades 11-12) 729-0327
Julie Gurke (Tier 3) 729-0359
Aga Desjardins (EAL) 729-3961
Responsible for the development of a comprehensive delivery system to meet the needs of all the students in an environment that facilitates positive academic growth and social acceptance.
Consultation: discuss and share information regarding students with concerned professionals, parent/guardians, school staff.
Collaboration: team with other professionals to assist teachers with program adaptations and / or modifications as well as develop accommodation plans and individual education plans.
Direct Service: provide educational diagnosis and remedial strategies.
Coordinating Special Services (within the school)
Coordinating and Consulting (outside of the school)
- Assessment of students
- Communication with counsellors, teachers, administrators, and educational assistants
- Assist with planning, developing, monitoring, evaluating programs
- Meet with clinicians, make recommendations regarding student programming
- Child & Adolescent Treatment Centre (CATC)
- Probation Services
- Child & Family Services (CFS)
- Career & Employment Youth Services (CEYS)
- Career Connections
- Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council Family Services (DOTCFS)
- First Nations Education Authorities
- Brandon School Division Clinical Services
- Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM)
- Volunteer Services
- Brandon Regional Health
Karen Collister 729-0339
Stephane Touzin 729-0305
Assessment and treatment of students with educational, emotional, and behavioral difficulties.
Addictions Foundation of Manitoba Counsellor
Jennifer Neely 729-3198
Assessment and rehabilitation planning with students experiencing problems from their own use of drugs, alcohol or gambling, or from someone else's use.
There are two universal washrooms available at Vincent Massey: by Room 10 and by the Career Centre (Room 47). These are single stall, locking washroom spaces available for everyone to use.
Clinic time 11:30 - 1:30
What is the Teen Health Clinic?
- A safe, confident, non-judgemental place for youth to deal with all their health care needs.
- Walk-ins welcome, no appointment necessary
Who Works at the Teen Health Clinic?
- Public Health Nurses
- Nurse Practitioners
- Community Mental Health Workers
- Addictions Foundation Workers
Why Should I Go to a Teen Health Clinic?
- Mental health screening and resource connection
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing
- Birth control counselling
- Prescription for birth control and STI treatment
- FREE condoms
- Education and advocacy for healthy lifestyle choices
- Nutritional counselling
- Addiction assessment and resource connection
Stress & Wellness Resources
Recently, members from Student Services team gave
presentations to students in math classes around stress and wellness. These
presentations focused on defining stress, its effects, and some simple
strategies to help student manage stress. The following video was shown
to students as an introduction to stress management strategies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZTc8_FwHGM
As a follow-up, there is additional information available to
students available on the bulletin board outside of Student Services and on the
For students who would like to learn more about stress
management strategies, there are two Lunch & Learn events planned for
December. Students can sign up in Student Services.
Stress Management Lunch_Learn (Dec 4, 2018).pdf
Yoga Mindfulness Lunch_Learn (Dec 18, 2018).pdf
Stress Management Tips.pdf (TherapistAid.com)
Coping Skills Anxiety.pdf (TherapistAid.com)
Calm Breathing.pdf (Anxiety BC)
Effects of Stress on Adolescents (Yale Stress Centre).pdf
Westman Crisis Services
- Mobile Crisis Unit – 204-725-4411 OR 1-888-379-7699
- Crisis Stabilization Unit – 204-727-2555
Child & Adolescent Treatment Centre – 1-866-403-5459 OR 204-578-2700
Manitoba Suicide Line – 1-877-435-7170
Brandon City Police – 204-729-2345
RCMP – 204-726-7500
Child & Family Services Emergency – 204-726-6030
Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868 OR download their "ALWAYS THERE" app
YWCA Women's Shelter for Abused Women – 204-727-3644 OR 1-877-977-0007
Sexual Assault Line – 1-888-292-7565
Manitoba Farm & Rural Stress Line – 1-866-367-3276
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Public Health Services – 204-578-2500
John Howard Society – 204-727-1696
- Anger Management & Domestic Violence Programming
Westman Mediation Services – 204-727-1696
Gambling Help Line – 1-800-463-1554
Addictions Foundation of Manitoba
Youth Addictions Intake – 1-877-710-3999
Adult Addictions Intake – 1-855-662-6605
AL-ANON – 204-571-3684
Health Links/Info Santé – 1-888-315-9257
Sexuality Education Resource Centre (SERC) – 204-727-0417
Westwind Eating Disorder Recovery Centre – 204-728-2499
AIDS/STD Line – 1-800-782-2437
Anxiety Disorders Association – 204-725-8550
Mood Disorders Association – 204-761-3176
Suicide Bereavement Group – 204-571-4183
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS
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