In 2018, the BC Adolescent Health Survey (BC AHS) was completed by Grade 7-12 students in 58 of BC’s 60 school districts (N=38,015). It was the fifth time the survey had been conducted in BC schools. Data from the 2018 BC AHS showed that compared to five year earlier, a greater percentage of students were approaching their school counselor for help. The survey also found that although non-binary students were the most likely to be seeking help from a school counselor, males were the most likely to find their counselor helpful. Results confirmed findings from previous years that showed youth who felt supported by their school counselor felt safer at school, and were more likely to feel like a part of their school and that they had a supportive adult in their life, compared to students who did not have access to a helpful school counselor.
In this workshop, we will discuss these and other BC AHS findings of relevance to school counselors, as well as how counselors can use the data in their role. We will also spend time discussing the survey items workshop participants would like to see included on the next BC AHS which will take place in BC schools in 2023, including the current and emerging health issues counselors are seeing in their schools.
Annie Smith, Executive Director, McCreary Centre Society
Annie has been the Executive Director of the McCreary Centre Society since 2006. Based in Vancouver, Canada the Society is best known for its’ BC Adolescent Health Survey and is a non-profit organization committed to improving the health of BC youth through community based research, evaluation and youth participation projects.
Annie holds a masters from Harvard and a PhD from Sheffield Hallam University. She has co-authored peer-reviewed and community reports on a variety of topics related to adolescent health, including substance use, mental health, sexual health, physical activity, health inequalities and youth engagement.