Counselling aims to support the social and emotional needs of each student. Students have access to a full time College Counsellor that works closely with the College’s Wellbeing Team. The College Counsellor is a clinical member of PACFA and works under their professional code of conduct and works from a strengths based approach.
The College Counsellor provides counselling and advocacy with students individually or through work with small groups, teachers and families. In addition the College Counsellor may liaise with teachers and parents and provide referrals to external support services. The counselling provided at the College is at no cost and occurs in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment.
Whilst contact with the College Counsellor remains confidential, involvement of relevant College staff may be negotiated with the student and family to ensure wrap-around support for the student in the College community.
Students can refer themselves to the Counsellor by making an appointment in person or via email or phone. Alternatively, referrals can be made by parent contact or by teaching staff.
Some of the issues that may be discussed in counselling include: