School Counsellors/Psychologists are available to students and families regarding:
- Concerns about school progress and learning
- Relationship conflicts with family or friends
- Feelings of depression, unhappiness or sadness
- High anxiety levels
- Behaviour concerns at school and home
- Other family difficulties
- Stress regarding school, home, work or community
- hold registration as a Psychologists and are attached to every government school. This means that all students from Kindergarten to Year 12 have access to Psychological Services;
- provide counselling to students, individually and in groups;
- work in consultation with the principal, school executive, staff, regional support services;
- work collaboratively with learning support teams, parents and caregivers, and other agencies, to develop appropriate school-based support for students;
- carry out cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural assessment of students referred by the learning support team, report the results of assessments and interventions to parents/carers and teachers, and collaborate to improve learning and wellbeing outcomes;
- participate in student welfare committees;
- assist in planning for students with special needs by involvement in review committees;
- respond, as part of a team, to schools experiencing emergencies;
- work with principals regarding students on long-suspension with recommendations for future management;
- assist and support parents and caregivers in addressing the social, emotional, and educational development of their children;
- refer students and/or their families and caregivers to other agencies that will support the development of student health and wellbeing outcomes.
An appointment with the School Counsellor/Psychologist will:
- Provide an explanation of how we work
- Address issues of concern
- Assist in clarifying options for the student and/ or family
- Encourage the student to make their own decisions
We may also:
- Look at new approaches to problems of concern
- Assist in understanding psychological processes of the brain.
- Carry out assessments to better understand any learning, mood or behavioural difficulties
- Suggest ways to enhance learning
- Suggest others who may help, and work together with staff within the school or other health care professionals outside of school.
To make an appointment at Winmalee High School to see one of the School Counsellor/ Psychologists a request can be made at the front office, or with the Deputy Principal, Year Advisor or any staff member to make a referral. Students can also knock on the door or slip a note under the door to make an appointment.