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School Counsellor

Good Shepherd School Counsellor

As part of their pastoral care program for students, Catholic Schools have access to a Student and Family Counselling service provided by Catholic Care Canberra & Goulburn (CCG). CCG are contracted by Catholic Education and Congregational Schools to provide a counselling service to students and their families. There is no fee to access this service.

The role of the counsellor is to focus on the emotional, social and educational well-being of the students. Counsellors welcome contact with students having difficulty with some part of their life, whether or not it affects their school work. The problem does not have to be a big one. It is better to seek help sooner than later. Some typical concerns that counsellors work with include: anger, anxiety, behavioural problems, depression, eating problems, family breakdown and family conflict, grief and loss, learning and educational challenges, parenting challenges, peer and other social relationships, school avoidance, stress and study skills. As well as individual sessions with students, counsellors can run groups, do family work, consult with parents and teachers and make referrals to other services and supports.

Counsellors are not employed as specialists in any area and at times will suggest referrals for specialist services. Counsellors also do not provide cognitive or learning assessments or court reports. Families requiring these will be referred to another service.

Parents are required in primary schools to put in a referral form and the counsellor will act on new referrals as quickly as possible. In the case of separated families consent is needed from both parents to obtain counselling.

The counsellor’s presence in schools varies during school term time. Counsellors can be contacted directly in person at the school, through the school front office or staff or through the CCG Red Hill office on (02) 6162 6100. Feedback on the service can be provided directly to the counsellor, by phoning the CCG office or anonymously on the CCG website.