School counsellors are qualified teachers who have a degree in psychology and post graduate qualifications in school counselling. They complement and enhance the work of teachers by strengthening schools’ student welfare provisions and providing counselling and psychological assessment of students with specific needs. Students can be referred by parents, school staff or they can self-refer. The school counsellor:
- provides counselling to students, individually and in groups.
- works in consultation with the principal, school executive, staff and regional student support services to improve student learning and wellbeing outcomes and implement current departmental priorities
- works collaboratively with learning support teams, parents and caregivers, and other agencies, to develop appropriate school based support for students
- carries out cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural assessment of students referred by the learning support team, reports the results of assessments and interventions to parents and teachers, and collaborates to improve learning and wellbeing outcomes
- contributes to the social, emotional, and academic development of students by participating in student welfare committees
- contributes to the development of and planning for students with special needs by assisting review committees in the design and or delivery of educational plans
- responds, as part of a team, to schools experiencing emergencies
- provides recommendations to schools for future educational and well-being support.
- assists and supports parents and caregivers in addressing the social, emotional, and educational development of their children
- refers students and/or their families and caregivers to other agencies that will support the development of student health and well-being outcomes.
Students can be referred by parents, school staff or they can self-refer. (add) Parents can contact the School Counsellor by ringing the Front Office on 6331 4544.
Free telephone counselling services (outside the education system) are available to support families who may be experiencing a difficult time.
Lifeline – a 24 hour telephone counselling service available from landline, pay phone or mobile. Anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide can contact Life Line 131 114
Parent Line – a toll free 24 hour advice and information service 1300 130052
Mensline Australia– a 24 hour advice and information service 1300 789 978
Mental Health Line is a 24 hour telephone service operating 7 days/week across NSW. It can provide access to a mental health professional, connection with local care services and support for carers and professionals 1800 011 511
Useful websites available to assist students and families
www.beyondblue.org.au works to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience.
www.ybblue.com is the youth program of Beyondblue-the national depression initiative. The website provides information and support to young people ages 12-24 years regarding depression and anxiety disorders.
www.lifeline.org.au provides one-on-one crisis support chat, online directory of free or low cost health and community services in Australia, and facts and information about a range of health care topics.
www.raisingchildrennetwork.net.au is an online resource providing information that can help parents with the day to day decisions of raising children and looking after their own needs.
www.facs.nsw.gov.au provides information on housing, community services, and ageing disability and home care.
www.kidshelp.com.au is Australia’s only free, confidential and anonymous, 24 hour telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 18.
www.reachout.com.au is a web-based service that inspires young people to help themselves through tough times. This website contains fact sheets, competitions, an interactive centre, interviews with celebrities and more. It covers a wide range of topics surrounding mental health and well-being.
www.headspace.org.au is a youth mental health initiative funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. The site provides mental health well being support, information and services to young people.
www.somazone.com.au is a website designed by young people for young people. It provides fast, free and anonymous access to quality assured information. A program of the Australian Drug Foundation, Somazone covers youth-based topics such as sex, drugs, mental health, relationships, school/Uni, body image etc.
www.youth.gov.au is a gateway to youth information, programs, services, resources and entertainment for young people between the ages of 12 and 25. A variety of information is available on such topics as: politics, indigenous affairs, mental health, drugs, alcohol, higher education and money issues. Information about National Youth Week can also be found on this site.
www.youngcarers.net.au provides useful information and contacts, along with opportunities to express an opinion and provide feedback regarding issues for young carers. Includes an online care plan, young carer chill-out room, parents are, primary school teachers’ area and support ideas-all in an interactive environment.
www.makeanoise.ysp.org.au is a project designed to encourage help-seeking behaviour in young people. This site contains information on a wide variety of young health topics such as drugs, study, money, healthy minds, safety, school, body image, health services etc. and provides links to other useful websites.
www.ncpic.org.au (National Cannabis prevention and Information Centre) provides information and advice on where to get help for cannabis use.
www.privacy.gov.au provides information about mobile phones and privacy.
www.cybersmart.gov.au provides information about online safety and security for children, parents and teachers.
Local Services available to assist students and families
Headspace Bathurst (6338 1100) provides a free and confidential service for 12 to 25 year olds. Services include: doctors; psychologists; drug and alcohol counsellors; women’s health nurse; school and work support and financial advice.
Bathurst Community Health Centre (6330 5677) provides information, practical support, counselling and therapy services to couples, children, families, individuals and groups. Staff include: child and family health nurse; genetic counsellor; Aboriginal health educator Aboriginal maternal and infant health worker; child protection counsellor; continence/stomal therapy consultant; generalist community nurses; nurse audiometrist; psychologists; sexual assault worker; social workers; speech pathologists; and women’s health nurse.
Veritas House Inc. is a vibrant community based organisation that supports vulnerable children, young people and their families. Veritas House programs include: The Youth Refuge which provides crisis accommodation and support for young people aged 15-19 years (6331 1675); Youth Outreach provides medium term accommodation and support for young people aged 16-24 years (6331 2969); Youth and Family Support Service provides advice, practical support and parenting programs for young people aged 12-18 years and their families (6331 1567); and Adolescent and Family Counselling provides counselling and support for young people aged 12-18 years and their families (6332 2277).
Bathurst Paediatric Clinic (6330 5363) referral from GP required.
Bathurst Family Support (6331 7022) is a non government, non profit organisation funded to provide child and family support services and an intensive family support service. Bathurst Family Support participates in partnerships with other services to provide targeted programs and events to local families.
Bathurst Family Relationship Centre (6333 8888) is funded by the Australian Government and managed by Relationships Australia NSW. It offers three main services: Individual Interview with a family advisor, “Kids in Focus’ seminars; and family dispute resolution.
Brighter Futures, Benevolent Society (63311457) is an early intervention program designed to build the resilience of families and children that are at risk.