The Chaplain and our three Counsellors who are registered Psychologists, work closely together and with other College staff to provide students, families and staff with the coordinated support they need to lead healthy, fulfilling, productive and responsible lives.
A priority is the support of at risk students, and students with special needs and their families.
The Chaplain and Counsellors work in collaboration with the Learning Enhancement, Pastoral Care, and Christian Living programs and provide the John Paul College family with the necessary support to assist them in reaching their individual potential for living.
They may work with students from the Early Learning Centre, Kindy, the Primary School (Prep – Year 6) and Senior School (Years 7 – 12) and provide formal assessments, individual counselling, group therapy, behavioural interventions for the classroom, class or year level sessions on specific topic areas, information and support for parents; or strategies and advice for teachers.
Our Chaplain aims to ensure that the “Christ” in our College motto is central to what we do. This is done through teaching students how much Christ loves them, and that we should respond to this love by putting His values into practice.
The Chaplain is involved in numerous ways to help this happen. These include Primary services, the Christian Living program, a Community Care co-curricular activity, counselling, the year level Chapel services, pastoral care of students, staff and families, whole school services each term, writing faith related newsletter articles, “Compass” (a lunchtime program for students exploring Christianity whilst having fun), and keeping the Bible and prayer as an important part of our assemblies.
Students may refer themselves to the school counsellor or consultation may be sought at the suggestion of a teacher, parent and carer or friend. Parents and carers often seek advice from school counsellors about their child’s wellbeing, educational options, behaviour, family situation, and for information about help available from other agencies.
Whether working with students, parents and carers, teachers, or other professionals, school counsellors explain how they work, listen carefully to what is said, help clarify options, and encourage informed decision making. As with every part of our John Paul College experience, a vibrant partnership between school and home is crucial to our experience of success.
In today’s rapidly changing society our students are challenged daily to cope effectively and act responsibly. This challenge is often best met with the support of core staff.
This support is provided through offering:
*NB Confidentiality shows respect to and for the person seeking counsel and it is a fundamental principle in any counselling situation. However, there are limits. We cannot keep conversations confidential if a person is a danger to themselves or to others. Also, as John Paul College employees, we are legally and morally obliged to report suspected child abuse or neglect.