SCHOOL COUNSELLING

The School Counselling Program is a highly confidential and professional service which supports and assists students with any personal, family or school issues that may be affecting them.

This is a contract service offered by Centacare Catholic Country SA within Whyalla High School to support student’s wellbeing throughout their time at Whyalla High School. The school counsellors have a Bachelor in Social Work and are trained in therapeutic interventions.

The aim of the school counselling program is to support a student to explore options

General Description

Students will learn a range of skills which will support them across many aspects of their learning and interpersonal relationships. Students will cover topics such as goal setting, growth and fixed mindsets, study skills as well as those topics listed below.

The following topics are covered throughout Child Protection Curriculum 

  • Family
  • Mental health
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • School
  • Conflict
  • Anger
  • Bullying
  • Friendships
  • Self-esteem
  • Body image
  • Grief and loss
  • Alcohol/ drugs
  • Relationships
  • Communication

Accessing The Service

Counselling is available on site from 9am – 3:30pm from Monday – Friday. The service can be flexible in delivery based on the students’ needs and with consultation.

Counsellor Availability
Cass Ward: Monday-Friday – 9am-3:30pm
Ami Vlachoulis: Tuesday-Thursday – 9am-3:30pm

An appointment can be made by filling out the Student Counselling Referral form and placing it in the box outside of the counsellor’s office or by emailing it directly to cass.ward328@schools.sa.edu.au or ami.vlachoulis522@schools.sa.edu.au.

Guardians and staff can also refer using this process. The form can be found attached to the box outside of the counsellor’s office, on the school website or by asking a staff member.

If parents or caregivers do not wish for their children to utilise the counselling service at the school, please let the school know by putting it in writing and addressed to the principal.

Confidentiality

The School Counselling Program is a confidential service and the counsellor is not permitted to repeat content of sessions unless the student gives permission for this. 

The only exception to this is if the counsellor feels that the student or another person may be at risk of harm or danger. It is their duty of care to help keep students and others safe.