SUPPORT FOR TEACHERS
The BCTF will assist teacher-members who are unable to maintain, or return to, their teaching positions due to a medical illness or disability, by funding an early intervention rehabilitation program. This program is offered on a voluntary basis. The Health and Wellness Program contracts professional rehabilitation consultants located in communities throughout the province. In consultation with your health care provider, these consultants will coordinate services that help to improve the teacher's health and functional abilities.
The Internal Mediation Service (IMS) is a team of volunteer BCTF members, trained and experienced as mediators. They work with members and others to help resolve workplace conflicts that threaten positive relationships. IMS will mediate conflicts between individual members, members and support staff, and members and administrators. They will also work with small groups within schools, local executives, departments, LSAs, or PSAs, as appropriate. Mediation is a carefully designed process that brings people together in conversations, with mediators present, to help them reach a resolution to a dispute. It is a non-adversarial approach to conflict resolution.
This program is designed to provide support to teachers who are on plans of assistance (i.e., have received a less-than-satisfactory evaluation), prior to a teacher evaluation where concerns about teaching competence have been raised, or to teachers who request assistance with their teaching (i.e. are self-referring). The peer support will be provided by teachers, known as BCTF peer support consultants, who have an extensive background in teaching, and training in planning, consultation, classroom observation, analysis, and feedback skills. Peer consultants will offer support in a collaborative and non-judgemental environment. The consultants support the growth of a teacher's professional practice, through a non-evaluative, peer coaching model.
The New Teacher Mentoring Project is a partnership project of the BC Teacher's Federation, UBC Faculty of Education, and the BC Superintendent's Association, funded through a grant from the Ministry of Education. The project goal is to provide a coherent, research-based, and sustainable system of support for teachers in their early years throughout the province
During the last round of provincial negotiations, the BCTF was able to secure significant improvements to our benefits. This includes access to psychologists, physiotherapy, chiropractor, etc.
Starling is an online program that provides education and a mental health toolkit to manage stress and prevent depression & anxiety. The Starling program is free for all BCTF members and is based on the protocol Dr. Andrew Miki developed specifically for teachers. As a part of Starling, Dr. Miki will guide you through the program, and teach you the basics of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
Homewood Health provides counselling, coaching and support for mental health, addiction and other health related issues. They can be reached at 1.800.663.1142
GVTA Teacher Helping Teacher program
Teacher(s) can access PD Funds to work with a colleague who will provide support and mentorship. Up to three days can be utilized per teacher. Applications can be found on the GVTA website under: PD, Applying for Funds. Please note: accessing these days would preclude you from applying for other PD funds for that school year.
* to access BCTF supports, please call 1.800.663.9163 or call the GVTA office for more information (250.595.0181)