Member Assistance Program (MAP)

Counselling Services

Counselling Services works to strengthen and support the quality of personal and professional life for NSTU members, their partners and dependents throughout all school districts and community college campuses.

Counselling Services provides short-term assistance. Those requiring longer-term intervention are, after an initial assessment, assisted by referral to an appropriate community-based professional.

Workshops for school/campus staffs are offered, as requested, on issues such as wellness, managing workplace stress, balancing home and career, conflict management and transition into retirement.

Crisis intervention for staff members to address trauma and grief situations is available on request.

All counselling requires the consent and participation of the client regardless of the referring circumstances.

All information given to Counselling Services will be confidential.

Any release of information requires the signed consent of all parties involved who are over the age of 12.  Exceptions to this apply if subpoenaed by the court or required under legislation.

Therapists with Counselling Services are highly qualified, registered with their professional organizations and recognized for their excellence as clinical therapists and workshops leaders.

Counselling sessions are made by appointment only.  Appointments are available at a mutually acceptable time and place throughout all regions of the province.  To arrange an appointment, please call Counselling Services between 8:30 am and 4:30 p.m. at the NSTU Central Office, 1-902-477-5621, or 1-800-565-6788 (toll free). NSTU provides these services to members at no additional charge.

Click here to download the Counselling  Services brochure


For further information contact:

Phone:  (902) 477-5621
Toll Free:  1 (800) 565-6788

email:  counselling@nstu.ca


Early Intervention Program (EIP)

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a program for all NSTU members who are working or on paid sick leave and are experiencing illness or injury.  The intent of the program is to provide encouragement, support and opportunity for active participation to facilitate early return to health and work or early application to disability benefits.

Participation in the program is voluntary and confidentiality is assured.  NSTU members are encouraged to contact the EIP directly if they feel assistance is required or if they are at risk of disability.

Intervention may include telephone contact, assistance with coordinating health services (for example, physician, therapist, counsellor, chiropractor) or facilitation of a return to work plan.  In the event a member is unable to return to work, he or she will be guided through the process of early application to disability benefits. Intervention services are provided by registered occupational therapists Leticia Richer and Maya Fallows.

Follow these links to download the EIP poster (English / French) and brochure (English / French).

Download the EIP's Frequently Asked Questions.

For information on disability benefits see the Teachers Guide to Disability Benefits.

The Well Teacher

This regular column in The Teacher is part of the Early Intervention Program's contribution to the health and well-being of NSTU Members.

Click here to view a list of article titles.

Be Well Newsletter

Please check out the Be Well a newsletter created by the staff at the NSTU’s Early Intervention Program for Teachers. This newsletter was issued 5 times per year and focused on wellness related topics relevant to NSTU members. It was jam packed with information, tips and tools to make life, work and play easier and more balanced.

Click here to view past issues.

Enjoy and Be Well!


If you or anyone you know has questions about the Program, please contact the Early Intervention Program.

Tel: (902) 477-5621, Toll Free: 1-800-565-6788
Fax: (902) 477-3517
email:  eip@nstu.ca