School Counsellor

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Job Summary

School Counsellors are an integral part of the school's welfare team in providing support for students (pre-school to year 12). School Counsellors work collaboratively with teachers, principals, parents/carers and often act as a point of referral to other agencies concerned with the well-being of students. They undertaking a range of activities including:

  • formally assessing students' learning and behaviour using psychological and educational tests, and observation
  • counselling students, staff and parents about managing emotional, educational and social difficulties
  • contributing to the development of school policies related to social and emotional issues faced by students
  • providing information and assistance to parents and carers about their child's education,
  • assessing and identifying students' disabilities that affect their learning and contributing to strategies to meet educational needs.

 

Personal Qualities

School Counsellors must have an interest and concern for human wellbeing and require excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills, empathy, discretion and tact in order to establish effective working relationships with children, youth, parents and members of the school community. They should be mature and responsible, understand confidentiality requirements, have strong analytical and problem solving skills, and well developed written communication skills for report writing.

Entrance Requirements

School Counselling is a specialist area in psychology. School Counsellors may be qualified teachers who have a degree in psychology recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council(APAC), who have completed a postgraduate course in school counselling and are eligible for registration as a psychologist. School Counsellors in non-government schools may be registered psychologists with expertise in children and learning.

Principal Employment Sectors and Industry

School Counsellors work in public and private schools.