Guidance Counsellor / Psychologist - St Catherine's Catholic College, The Whitsundays

Townsville Catholic Education supports 29 schools in our Diocese, in a region extending to Mount Isa in the west, Proserpine in the south, north to Halifax and Palm Island. Our education choices include primary, secondary, Prep-to-Year 12 and boarding facilities. TCE employs in excess of 2,500 teaching, professional and ancillary/support employees to fulfil our mission of providing quality educational services through our Catholic school communities. A Catholic education involves much more than simply teaching the educational basics. It encourages students to embrace Catholic values and faith while providing them with an excellent education and diverse life experiences that will prepare them to be a contributing member of the community in their adult lives. As part of our teaching team, we will provide a supportive, flexible working environment where care for all our employees is a fundamental part of our ethos. We employ motivated people who want to work together to produce excellent outcomes for our students. Our employees are recognised as being central to achieving our mission and delivering quality learning outcomes for all students.

Closing date July 29, 2024, 3 p.m.
LocationWhitsundays QLD, Australia
Type Full-Time
Status Permanent

About this job

Townsville Catholic Education is currently seeking a committed and enthusiastic Guidance Counsellor/Psychologist to support St. Catherine's Catholic College, The Whitsundays.  This position is an Full Time, Permanent role, working 38 hours per week.

About the Role

The position of Guidance Counsellor/Psychologist will provide professional expertise, leadership and support to the school community in the development, implementation and evaluation of plans and programs to assist students in achieving positive educational, developmental and lifelong learning outcomes.

The position will collaboratively negotiate, develop and implement programs for student that have a focus on preventative and early intervention strategies; are responsive to identified personal, social, emotional and educational needs; and aim to foster resilience and personal skills development.

Guidance Counsellors are guided by a specific theoretical orientation influenced by their global view of the school and the services available to it.  Any intervention with Primary and Secondary school students has to take particular notice of the student within the context of the family.  The focus is on the student within this and other contexts, realising that the responsibility for each student’s welfare and progress remains within the family and local school.  A particular emphasis will be to empower school communities to assist students in crisis or with diverse learning needs.

Key Accountabilities

  • Facilitate proactive, preventative and evidence-based practices and initiatives that promote student social, emotional, and educational development and the mental health and wellbeing of students.
  • Facilitate effective working relationships and partnerships with parents, school staff and external support agencies, involving a multidisciplinary approach, to provide a comprehensive support, case management and referral service that optimises students’ access and engagement in educational programs. Undertaking necessary prioritisation and triage of referrals and service requests within each school context.
  • Assess presenting issues and conduct activities such as intakes, student observation and psychoeducational assessment to determine the nature of student learning difficulties, disability, developmental levels, or psychological and emotional status to make recommendations for educational adjustments and interventions.
  • Provide recommendations and support to teachers and leadership, as part of tier one and two levels of a multi-tiered system of support, regarding supporting whole-school wellbeing planning, classroom support and behaviour management that indirectly contribute to student wellbeing and learning at school.
  • Manage the provision of counselling and consulting services for students (with personal, social, emotional, and educational needs) with a focus on prevention, intervention, and student learning.
  • Ensure policy and procedures for student protection, educating students with disabilities, behaviour support, the containment of critical incidents and mandatory record keeping are implemented. This may involve the development, monitoring and review of individual student plans with teachers, staff, and families.
  • Balance the ethical issues of consent, privacy, and confidentiality for each student with the appropriateness of sharing information with others and maintain a comprehensive and professional record-keeping system that complies with policy and the legal requirements for access to these official records.
  • Prepare and implement professional and personal skill development programs and in-services for teachers, school officers and parents. Participate in regular professional supervision sessions and relevant professional development.
  • Provide leadership and specialised support in response to student protection issues, critical incidents, and emergencies, including the development and implementation of responsive programs for school and student needs. For example: anxiety and stress management, grief and loss incident responding, risk management and behaviour support planning for students.
  • Maintain standards of practice that are consistent with registration boards and membership of professional associations.
  • Complete other duties that are directed as service needs change or grow, if the duties are consistent with the purpose of this position and any relevant legal and/or industrial obligations.