The College Counsellor supports the student wellbeing team and is available to students.

The Counsellors at St Brigid’s Catholic College are:

Susan Paliskis – available Monday-Friday.

Paige Taylor – available Thursday and Fridays.

SECONDARY SCHOOL COUNSELLOR ROLE

Counselling Orientation

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.

Groups

Pending with parent and student consent and sessions tailored for common presentations such as social and emotional regulation.

Be Still

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  

Lifeline  131114   

https://www.lifeline.org.au/ 

Kids Helpline  1800 55 1800  

https://kidshelpline.com.au/  

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.)  

School TV

Varied support topics

https://sbccdbb.catholic.schooltv.me/

Depression  

https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/ 

https://www.youthbeyondblue.com/  

Youth 

https://au.reachout.com/  

Anxiety    

https://www.youthbeyondblue.com/  

https://brave4you.psy.uq.edu.au/  

Alcohol and Drug Support 

http://www.fds.org.au/  

https://adf.org.au/   

Eating Disorder / Body Image concerns 

Eating Disorders – Central Coast Local Health District – NSW Health 

http://feedyourinstinct.com.au/  

http://myrtleoakclinic.com.au/  

https://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/support-for-australians-experiencing-eating-disorders/  

Family Support  

Connect Kids (uniting.org)  

https://www.catholiccaredbb.org.au/family-youth-children/counselling/  

https://www.interrelate.org.au/programs/family-mental-health-support-service-(connect)  

Domestic Violence  

https://www.catholiccaredbb.org.au/family-youth-children/domestic-family-violence/  

General Mental Health  

https://headspace.org.au/  

https://www.sane.org/  

https://eheadspace.org.au/  

https://wayahead.org.au/  

Youth Health – Central Coast Local Health District – NSW Health 

General Health  

Youth Health Clinics – Central Coast Local Health District – NSW Health 

Support for families of a person diagnosed with Mental Health  

http://www.copmi.net.au/  

http://www.ccarafmi.org.au/  

Accommodation 

http://www.housingpathways.nsw.gov.au/ways-we-can-help/are-you-homeless  

Job Search Sites  

https://www.seek.com.au/  

http://www.ccgt.com.au/ 

http://www.megt.com.au/jobs/  

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 

Apps  

Stop, Breathe and Think  

Headspace  

The Check In (if concerned for a friend)  

Breathe2Relax 

ReachOut Worry Time 

ReachOut Breathe  

Mind Shift (anxiety)  

Smiling Mind (Relaxation)  

Body Beautiful (Self-Esteem) – $1.49  

Pacifica (Stress, Anxiety and Depression)