With Covid-19 restrictions beginning to lift, many students and parents are looking forward to the upcoming return to school. This return may however, bring challenges for the students who are enjoying and preferring, the learning from home experience. As is the case for all anxieties – it is the fear of the unknown that drives us to avoid those situations. With a little planning though, parents can encourage and support their children who may feel anxious about returning to the on-site classroom, by following the four strategies outlined in the following article:
Look after each other and stay connected.
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The Wellbeing Support Service seeks to enhance the wellbeing capacity of our community through the values of: authenticity, empathy, inclusivity, collaboration and service. Psychologists, Social Workers and Counsellors provide a range of services to students who are experiencing social, emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties. The services we provide include individual counselling for students, limited counselling support for families, liaison with staff, and small group work (such as young men's group, grief and loss, and body image programmes). The Wellbeing Support Service also present across the College during classtime on a range of topics which include healthy relationships, looking after our mental health, and how to build positive wellbeing. Psychological and Educational Assessments are also completed when appropriate.
Notre Dame College Wellbeing Support Service:
(Back row L to R): Megan Gray, Peter Garla, Collette Caffrey, Vanessa Sleeth
(Front row L to R): Heather Turnbull, Fran Smyth, Donna Bradley
Knight Street and Year 9 Programme
At Knight Street students can see Fran, Peter, Megan, Vanessa, Heather or Collette. Peter and Megan also provide services to the students in the Year 9 Programme.
McAuley Champagant Programme
Referral to Donna for wellbeing services in the McAuley Champagnat Programme is through the student’s Welfare Worker.
The counselling service offered through the College Wellbeing Support Service is confidential. This means that a conversation had with a counsellor is private. Discussions with students are treated with dignity and respect, without discrimination or judgement.
By law, counsellors and psychologists have to keep most of what they are told confidential. A counsellor will talk to students about confidentiality in their first session. Students are encouraged to ask if they have any queries about it.
In certain cases, a counsellor may need to break confidentiality if they are concerned about the student’s safety or the safety of someone else. A counsellor may also discuss with a student the need to speak to somebody in relation to this.
Before a counsellor can speak to an outside service, written consent is usually required before communication can be made to that service.
Counselling records are stored securely and confidentially.
Further Info and Contacts
Any queries about the College Wellbeing Support Service can be directed to the student's Head of House or to Fran Smyth, Wellbeing Support Service Leader.
Please note: The Wellbeing Support Service does not usually operate outside of school hours (eg. weekends or school holidays). Therefore, you or your son or daughter will need to seek support from another wellbeing service within the community.
The following contact details may be of assistance to you:
- Kids Helpline (Ph. 1800 55 1800 - free call off a landline) or online chat and information https://kidshelpline.com.au/
- Lifeline 24 hour Ph. 13 11 14 https://www.lifeline.org.au/
- Youth Beyond Blue Ph. 1300 22 4636 www.youthbeyondblue.com
- Headspace Ph. 5823 8800 https://headspace.org.au/
- Your local GP service
- GV Health Base Hospital Emergency Ph. 5832 2322
- GV Health Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Ph. 5832 3170
- GV Health After Hours Mental Health Service Ph. 5832 2111