COUNSELLING & CAREERS
Personal Counselling …
The purpose of having qualified and professionally accredited Counsellors on staff is to provide a variety of evidence based psychological interventions aimed at helping students to know their strengths and be empowered to move forward through circumstances in their lives that may be negatively impacting on their ability to be fully engaged in learning. Sometimes, in difficult circumstances, friends and relatives are unable to provide an objective viewpoint. Our Counsellors can offer this objectivity so that students and their families gain insight and learn strategies to assist in managing their situation.
Our Counsellors provide a non-judgemental, confidential and safe environment in which to discuss issues. Confidentiality means that everything you say to in the counselling session will be kept private, unless permission is given to share the information with others. In circumstances relating to an individual being at risk, or a criminal offence has been or is going to be committed, by law, we are mandated to report this to ensure safety. The Counsellor will discuss this with you and the best way to go about it.
Our Counsellors work closely with the Deputy Principal Pastoral, the Pastoral Leaders and the Home Room teachers to ensure that all students have the opportunity to access the support they require to feel comfortable and happy at school. In conjunction with the College’s Pastoral Care program, the Brigidine Counselling Service aims to assist students to reach their full potential and achieve their goals.
The College Careers Counsellor, Mrs Michelle Carter, provides a range of career development services to all students, within the context of the Australian Blueprint of Career Development. As well as providing individual career counselling to our Year 12 students, the Counsellor also provides information and resources for the Careers Education Program, the SET Planning process for Year 10 students and subject selection for the senior phase of schooling.
How to contact us…
An individual appointment can be made via email, by phone or by simply dropping by the Centre. Sometimes group appointments are made, usually concerning a common theme, e.g., social anxiety, relational aggression, exam anxiety, career pathways, study skills.
Some Support Services…
General mental health
Kids Help Line – free call 1800 55 1800 24/7
www.reachout.com.au – is a place online which provides 24/7 access to the information you need to sort things out when things become too much. It also provides some space to just ‘chill’.
Family Separation – A Guide for Teens – is a free booklet designed to help you cope during this difficult time. It has lots of information about coping with change; living in two households; whom to talk to and where to go for help. Call 1800 040 972 or download a copy from www.youth.csa.gov.au .
www.ecouch.anu.edu.au – an interactive self-help program which includes modules for social anxiety, generalised anxiety and depression. It teaches skills to help manage difficult times, can help you to relax, get more active, think more clearly and change the way you interact with other people.
www.moodgym.anu.edu.au – a popular interactive program drawn from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy that helps users to prevent and manage depressive symptoms. MoodGYM has been extensively researched and has been shown to be effective in reducing depressive symptoms and unhelpful thinking in users.
www.bluepages.anu.edu.au – information about depression including how it feels and how it’s treated. Includes reviews of the evidence for the things that people do to manage depression, from taking medication to eating chocolate! BluePages also explains the types of help available and where to access this help. There are quizzes and a downloadable relaxation mp3.
Parentline – a confidential and anonymous service for all Queensland parents. 7 days a week, 8am to 10pm. Any parenting issue. Cost of a local call. Phone 1300 30 1300.
Australian parenting website – www.raisingchildren.net.au – Need resources on raising teenagers? Visit this website for FREE practical information, downloadable tools, multimedia resources and forums on raising children from newborns to teens.
Study Pathways and Careers
Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) – www.qsa.qld.edu.au – Information for parents and students on all aspects of education in Queensland from Kindergarten to Secondary schol.
Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) – www.qtac.edu.au – Interactive website providing information for parents and students about all tertiary education providers and courses in Queensland and Northern New South Wales.
Career News – Updates from Options Training Solutions are provided for your information. Current parents should access these via parent coneqt. You may want to look at their website also www.optionstrainingsolutions.com