The College Charter has themes of education as being a liberating force in raising awareness of self and others in the world. Other themes include the theme of being an inclusive community, spirituality as fostering compassion, justice and peace and standing together in solidarity on issues that are committed to the universal good of our planet. The College Counsellors are also committed to the values in the Charter and consider the social, cultural, environmental, emotional, physical and psychological aspects of each individual student in the development of their sense of self, resilience, and sense of self-control.
How To Access the Counsellors
Students can make an appointment with a Counsellor through Pastoral Care reception, via their Pastoral Leader, parents, or their friends. Students are also able to self-refer by emailing the Counsellors indicating when they are available for an appointment during school hours. Counsellors’ monitor emails during the school terms. During holiday periods, if a student needs to access a Counsellor, it would be best to see a General Practitioner and attain a Mental Health Care Plan. Your General Practitioner would then be able to refer to an appropriate external counsellor. After school hours or during school holidays if in an urgent situation, triple zero (000) should be called to access an ambulance. There is also phone access to The Mental Health Line, 1800 011 511 which is a 24 hour crisis line.
Why Talk to a Counsellor
Everyone faces challenges, predicaments and worries throughout their lives and may feel the need to express their concerns in a private and non-judgemental environment in which they feel empowered, validated and respected. Sometimes a student may only feel that one or two sessions is enough to address an issue and sometimes it may be longer. Both the St Edward’s College Counsellors have vast knowledge and experience with a number of therapies, strategies and counselling practices that deal with a wide range of issues faced by secondary students and their families/caregivers. Counselling is seen as an integral part of school life and every student has the opportunity to access counselling and support when needed, whether short or long term.
When to Talk to a Counsellor
It is a good idea to have a chat with a Counsellor when you know you are not functioning like you usually do. That is, when you feel overwhelmed that things are piling up on top of you and you start to:
- Want to stay in bed all day/don’t want to go out of your bedroom
- Have disruptive sleep patterns…wake up for no reason for hours during the night
- Can’t get to sleep
- Isolate from friends
- Lose your appetite
- Feeling like having a shower is just so hard
- Fun seems like a remote idea
- Generally feel low/depressed
Is Counselling Private and Confidential
The sessions between a Counsellor and a student is private and confidential. The only information that must be passed on, according to the Law, is information about a student who has been harmed or who expresses an intention to harm himself or someone else. If it is OK with the student to let his teachers know of his present circumstances, the Counsellors may act as Advocates for the student and work closely with teachers to support the student.
Some of the common issues dealt with in counselling include:
- Mental Health concerns: e.g. anxiety, depression
- Friendship/relationship stresses and/or skill building
- Family illness/disruption/relationship stress
- Grief and Loss
- Adjustment to High School
- Bullying – restorative justice sessions/working with the Year Co-ordinator
- Anger – constructive vs destructive
- Trauma counselling
- Life coaching for older students
Parent Support Line
The Support Line allows parents to book a phone consultation with one of the College Counsellors, it is a safe place that provides support for parents regarding issues they may be experiencing themselves or with their son/s. Parents are encouraged to reach out and know that support is readily available to them.
Click the help image below to book a suitable time for a College Counsellor to call you.