Services supporting students
Our School Counselling Service offers a range of programs for primary and secondary students and their families, to identify problems and intervene early to improve student wellbeing.
We provide individual support for students, clinical assessments to guide educational planning, and seminars for students and parents.
We employ psychologists with specialisations in educational, clinical and counselling psychology and place them within a school community. Teachers, students and families within the school can refer students to a counsellor.
School counselling is private communication between a counsellor and a student. Students discuss their social and emotional issues in a safe, non-judgemental and non-threatening environment. Their counsellor assists them to develop strategies for dealing with issues of concern to the student – the issues might be getting in the way of their educational participation, might be impacting on their friendships and other relationships, might be causing them stress or anxiety or may be resulting in depression, eating disorders, behavioural problems or poor sleep.
Student counselling helps children to better manage social and emotional issues, and supports improved mental health and reduces the likelihood of them engaging in risk taking behaviour. It supports children to develop ways to stay happy, healthy and improve their experience of school.
Having a student counsellor in your school can also help school communities better respond to sometimes challenging issues such as self-harm, bullying, depression, anxiety and risky behaviours.
Student Counselling is purchased by schools across Melbourne, Geelong and Gippsland. All students within that school community are eligible for the service.
See a list of schools where CatholicCare currently provides this service.
These services are available to all schools – our counsellors are clinically trained psychologists who work with students from any faith.
Fees are not charged to individual students or their families.
Cognitive assessments evaluate a child’s verbal and non-verbal skills, which can affect their learning. Assessments are conducted by trained and qualified psychologists and include a comprehensive report of the outcomes of the assessment.
The assessment report can be used to apply for funding for literacy, numeracy and special learning support for students.
Reports are provided both to the school and the parents. Parents and/or schools can also access feedback from the assessor to better understand the report and recommendations for future support.
Parents and schools can request a Cognitive Assessment for a child at any time. Assessments can be conducted at any of our branches across Melbourne, Geelong and Gippsland or via outreach to the student’s school.
Cognitive Assessments cost $800 per assessment (plus GST).
This includes the assessment appointment, a comprehensive written report and a feedback session with parents and/or school staff.
Information Seminars for Students and Parents
Information Seminars for students and parents can assist a school to build knowledge and capacity within their school community, and support families within the school community to deal with common issues encountered when raising children.
Seminars can be delivered within school hours or out of school hours and can be tailored to meet the needs of a particular school or group of students and parents.
The topics for these seminars include bullying, social skills, resilience, conflict resolution, dealing with transitions, and managing children’s anxiety.
Students and parents learn new information in a non-threatening, familiar environment. The expertise of our psychologists can support work being done within the school to deal with significant issues.
Seminars can be delivered in any school or through any Parents Association. Seminars can be conducted at any school across Melbourne, Geelong and Gippsland and can be tailored to meet your needs.
Fees range from $120 for a one- hour session (plus travel) to $1,500 for a whole day and are charged to the school or parents association.