The purpose of the position of Guidance Counsellor is to focus on student wellbeing and work collaboratively with school communities to promote and foster the development and mental health of all students. A counselling and referral service is provided in a school context to support student engagement with learning. This service promotes and supports the development of student life skills and resilience to deal with a rapidly changing and complex modern world.
A counselling, consulting and referral service is offered to meet the personal, social, emotional, vocational and educational needs of students. This service is confidential within the limits required by student protection legislation and Catholic Education Services Policy.
The guidance counselling service provides the opportunity to discuss issues in a safe and confidential setting to explore unconsidered possibilities and opportunities to set goals and develop strategies for change. Issues include -
- Stress management
- Conflict resolution
- Anger Management
- Parenting skills
- Communication Skills
- Study skills
- Time management
- Decision making
- Career development
- Grief and loss
- Mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety
- Excessive use of screen devices
- Any area of concern
- Referrals may be made for further assessment and support
- Community agencies provide specialist support for students and families impacted by domestic violence, trauma and abuse, divorce and separation, suicide ideation, self- harm and mental health concerns requiring clinical assessment.
The counselling service also contributes to the pastoral care program of the whole school by:-
- Providing support and resources to Year Coordinators and teachers implementing Social and Emotional Learning programs and Behaviour Management.
- Providing support and resources to staff and students in the areas of Student Protection and Bullying and Harassment.
- Providing support and resources to the Health and Physical Education program promoting the development of life skills and mental health education.
- Providing consultation and support to the Learning Support and Special Needs Programs
Appointments are available before and after school and during school time by contacting the school office or the counsellor directly.