School Counselling

The Diocese of Broken Bay employs school-based counsellors in both primary and secondary schools.

The School Counsellors are qualified Social Workers or Psychologists who specialise in child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing. Working as part of the Pastoral Care & Wellbeing Team, School Counsellors support and assist schools to better understand and manage student mental health and wellbeing issues, with a view to improving student outcomes.

Primary School Counselling

The Primary School Counselling team are allocated a number of schools to provide support. Primary students are seen at their school by the school counsellor during school hours. All referrals are made via the School Principal who will consult and seek advice and recommendations from the School Counsellor regarding appropriate next steps. Parent permission is sought for primary school students prior to being referred to the primary school counselling service. This service provides mental health assessment and short term counselling and therapeutic support. Where additional intervention may be required, recommendations to external agencies will be provided.

Secondary School Counselling

Secondary students can self-refer to the School Counsellor or may be referred via school staff or parents. Intervention and therapeutic support will vary and may be short or long term depending on the type of issue presented. Students presenting with serious mental health issues are often referred to external agencies to ensure specialist intervention and support is provided. Consistent with evidence-based practice the School Counsellor can liaise with external mental health professionals to ensure appropriate adjustments and strategies are applied relevant to the school 

CSO Support

The school counselling service is supported by the Leader of School Counselling and members of the CSO Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Team. The Leader of School Counselling assists all School Principals and School Counsellors on matters pertaining to student mental health and critical incidents.