The Counsellors at St Brigid’s Catholic College are:
Susan Paliskis – available Monday-Friday.
Paige Taylor – available Thursday and Fridays.
We meet with new students either with a year group or on an individual basis to introduce them to the office location, purpose and benefits of counselling. This is followed by parent engagement and partnership for ongoing sessions guided by combined consent and confidentiality with the exception of risk of harm.
Initial Assessment and Brief Intervention
We meet with students for initial assessment and brief intervention around mental health, learning, communication and social skills. This involves a parent interview, student interview, initial screening within a four-six week annual intervention typically across two terms. The intervention summary is then returned to student, parent and allied health providers for further referral and uptake. Examples of standard research-based interventions used are https://www.orygen.org.au/Training/Resources/Brief-interventions/Toolkits/Orygen-Brief-Interventions-in-Youth-Mental-Health.aspx and https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/For-Clinicians.
The assessment process is currently under review and as such it is recommended to seek external psychological support for cognitive assessments.
Pending with parent and student consent and sessions tailored for common presentations such as social and emotional regulation.
Milo’s Garden and the reflection room are offered for an individual student to socially and/or emotionally regulate for a period of 15 minutes before returning to class. This typically involves self-directed listening to a meditation, practising a breathing exercise, fidget toys and mandala colouring within the context and use of a time-out pass, with the collaboration of the College Psychologists, external allied health providers and teachers.
The College Counsellors support the Leaders of Wellbeing to facilitate contemporary well-being programs for our students. Referrals can be made to the College Counsellor via a Leader of Wellbeing or by contacting the school office.
Links to external supports can be found below;
24 hour crisis support
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Mental Health Intake Line 1800 011 511
The Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (Provides crisis counselling to people at risk of suicide, carers for someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide.)
Varied support topics
Alcohol and Drug Support
Eating Disorder / Body Image concerns
General Mental Health
Support for families of a person diagnosed with Mental Health
Job Search Sites
Emergency food and clothing
St Vincent De Paul Wyong. Emergency food, clothing, furnishings and referral to housing.
Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm 4353 5614
Food vouchers San Remo Neighbourhood Centre 4390 7888
Food vouchers/ frozen meals Toukley Neighbourhood Centre 4396 1555
Stop, Breathe and Think
The Check In (if concerned for a friend)
ReachOut Worry Time
Mind Shift (anxiety)
Smiling Mind (Relaxation)
Body Beautiful (Self-Esteem) – $1.49
Pacifica (Stress, Anxiety and Depression)