Counsellors in Secondary Schools address issues affecting the educational outcomes, social and emotional well-being of students. This can occur through:
- Psycho-Social Assessment;
- Consultancy with Teachers;
- Liaison with Parents;
- Student Counselling where intervention is focused upon assisting students to develop thinking and skills to resolve problems in learning, personal and/or social contexts; and/or
- Assistance to the Deputy Principal, Pastoral Leaders and Teachers to develop pastoral programs that enhance the social, emotional and personal skills of students.
The Assumption College Counsellor is available to students and parents who are experiencing difficulties managing stress, friendship issues, grief and loss, family matters or mental health issues.
Students, Parents and College staff may make referrals to the Assumption College Counsellor and meetings are via appointment or in crises, as the need arises. The Counsellor can work directly with students and parents or suggest referral to external agencies should more intensive or longer-term care be required.
Families may also wish to consult with their GP about any concerns they have for their young person if this is more appropriate for their family. There are also support services available in the wider community and a good starting point is
Headspace: https://headspace.org.au Ph: 4661 1999
Mrs Jenny Gillespie is Assumption College’s School Counsellor. Jenny is an experienced Social Worker having worked in metropolitan, rural and regional Hospital, Community Mental Health, Disability and Child Protection contexts for over 20 years.
Contact Jenny via our College’s office or email (Jenny.Gillespie@twb.catholic.edu.au) during school terms. Jenny is available Monday-Thursday each week.
N.B School Counselling is a confidential service, however in matters of safety, communication with others including the School Principal, College Pastoral staff, the Police and or the Department of Child Safety can be mandatory.
If any student or family member requires after hours or school holiday CRISIS support please contact the following:
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Kids Help Line: 1800 55 1800
Parent Line: 1300 301 300
Warwick Hospital: 4660 3900