Our school community highly values our Counselling and Careers service and all speak highly of the work of our trained counsellors.
Brigidine College Counsellors provide a high quality professional counselling service for students, parents and caregivers with concerns regarding student wellbeing, or requiring parenting support. Our dedicated Career Counsellor and Personal Counsellors are based in The Sophia Centre, a welcome environment for all, and are committed to assisting students to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. There is also a College Chaplain to support students (and staff) and provide liturgy and services.
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 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 Wellbeing program, the Brigidine Counselling Service aims to assist students to reach their full potential and achieve their goals.
The College Careers Counsellor, Ms Tania Munro, 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 Counselling and Careers
An individual appointment can be made via email, by phone or by simply visiting the Sophia Centre. Sometimes group appointments are made, usually concerning a common theme, e.g., social anxiety, relational aggression, exam anxiety, career pathways, study skills.
Phone: (07) 3002 0621
Phone: (07) 3002 0686
Some Additional Support Services
General mental health
Kids Help Line – a free online and telephone counselling service for individuals under the age of 25 years. They offer crisis support and counselling. 24/7 Free call 1800 55 1800
Headspace – provides support for adolescents and parents on a range of issues related to mental health. eheadspace provides online and phone support and counselling https://headspace.org.au/
Reachout – online youth mental health and wellbeing service which provides information, support, tools and stories to assist through tough times. www.reachout.com.au
Moodgym – 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.moodgym.anu.edu.au
Youth Beyond Blue – provides information, support and strategies about youth mental health issues. https://www.youthbeyondblue.com/
Parentline – a confidential and anonymous service for all Queensland parents. 7 days a week, 8am to 10pm. Phone 1300 30 1300.
They provide counselling and information about relationships between parents and children.
Australian Parenting website – provides practical information, downloadable tools, multimedia resources and forums on raising children from newborns to teens. www.raisingchildren.net.au
Study Pathways and Careers
Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) – Information for parents and students on all aspects of education in Queensland from Kindergarten to Secondary school. www.qsa.qld.edu.au
Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) – Interactive website providing information for parents and students about all tertiary education providers and courses in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. www.qtac.edu.au
Career News – Updates from Options Training Solutions are provided for your information. Current parents should access these via SEQTA Engage.