|Brad Poidevin||Alessandra Isgro|
The Counsellors assist children, young people, families and teachers to support a young person to get the best out of life at school. They help children and young people to achieve academic success, psychological health, and social and emotional wellbeing.
School Counsellors are professionally qualified and are able to provide counselling to students, individually and in groups. A student’s reasons for seeing a School Counsellor may include worrying about school work, friendships or other relationships, bullying, general mental health issues such as anxiety or depression, or grief and loss. Parents and carers may seek advice from School Counsellors about their child’s emotional and social well-being. They may also seek information about getting help from other local services. The School Counsellor may refer students and their families to appropriate health and welfare agencies as required.
At St John Paul College, students and their families can request an appointment with the School Counsellor by
Students under 14 years will need both parents to complete and sign a consent form prior to commencing counselling. Students 14 and over who are requesting information, or support, may self-refer through any of the above mentioned ways.
|Consent for Counselling under 14 years (Parents & Carers)|
|Consent for Counselling 14 years + (Students)|
|Referral Form School Counsellor|
The information shared with the School Counsellor is kept private and confidential. The School Counsellor’s files are stored securely, and only accessed by the School Counsellor. If concerns arise about safety, the School Counsellor has an ethical and legal duty to inform professionals who can assist with the situation. If you have concerns about privacy, please discuss these with the School Counsellor.
There are agencies in the community that offer specialised counselling and support to young people and their families. These services include drug and alcohol, mental illness, homelessness, employment, financial assistance, disability, sexual assault, violence, criminal behaviour and family law matters. If your concerns relate to any of these areas, referral information can be provided to you.
Local Health Services and General Practitioners are also a good source of support
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