Counselling @SKC

St Kevin's College Counselling Team

The College Counsellors provide guidance and counselling to students, staff and parents, as well as advocate through the curriculum and other school activities to the perceived welfare and personal development needs of students and the whole school community. The College Counsellors direct parents and students to resources, people and services within the College, as well as in the wider community. The College Counsellors liaise at a significant level with members of the Pastoral Committee and the College Leadership Team.

The College Counsellors provide guidance and counselling to students, staff and parents, as well as advocate through the curriculum and other school activities to the perceived welfare and personal development needs of students and the whole school community. The College Counsellors direct parents and students to resources, people and services within the College, as well as in the wider community. The College Counsellors liaise at a significant level with members of the Pastoral Committee and the College Leadership Team.

Counselling Staff

 
 
  Mr Nick Clark   Ms Kristi De Young Ms Anne Dunell   
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   Heyington
 Heyington
Heyington
 
   
     
         
  Mr Doron Burd
Ms Maree Keel
Mr Chris O'Connor
 
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Email
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  Heyington & Glendalough
Heyington
Heyington
 
       

 

Respecting privacy

All students at St Kevin’s College can access support from the counselling team. Counselling is a confidential process. Information from counselling sessions is not accessible to staff outside the Counselling Team. However, sometimes it may be deemed appropriate for the counsellor to liaise with others. In almost all cases, any information that is shared outside the counselling team is done so with the consent of the student/parent. However, there are instances where a psychologist is bound, by law, to share information with others even without the student’s consent. These may include situations when a serious crime has been committed, there is serious risk of harm to self or others, or there has been a subpoena served to present documents to Court (APS Code of Ethics, 1997).

What can parents do?

It is common for boys to be hesitant to report when they are struggling with stress or anxiety and when reporting incidences of inappropriate behaviour.  However, we have learnt that for many of our students, they are more likely to report these things to their parents than to other members of the College community.  We therefore encourage parents who observe a significant change in their son’s behaviour to talk to their son and his Year Level Coordinator/House Head or Tutor/Home Room Teacher to explore whether these changes are symptomatic of distress.  These changes can include lack of confidence, withdrawal from social activities, anger outbursts, forgetfulness, distracted behaviour, loss of appetite and reluctance to attend school.  Our College Counsellors are also available to speak to parents who have any concerns about their son, so please do not hesitate to contact one of the counsellors.