Counselling at SKC

St Kevin's College Counselling Team

The College Counsellors offer confidential support and information to students and their parents/guardians. This is generally short-term, individual counselling support. 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. While the counselling process is strictly confidential, the College Counsellors work closely with tutors, teachers and members of the College’s pastoral committees in addition to the College Leadership Team. The assist with professional development for teachers through formal and informal training and consultation, and provide advice about the development of young people so as to optimise the social and emotional development of each student.

Our counsellors also teach a stream of "Personal Development" lessons across the academic year to year 7 and year 8 students. These lessons are designed to supplement the academic curriculum in important areas and facilitate optimal social and emotional development. Boys are taught about such topics as emotional intelligence, healthy relationships, the maintenance of a balanced life and good mental health. By addressing contemporary culturally-relevant issues such as safe and appropriate use of online technologies, video games, pornography, gambling and drugs, the Counsellors endeavour to equip the students with resources to cope with the inevitable challenges of navigating adolescence in society.

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).

Resources - Where else to seek help

Kids Helpline
1800 55 1800 (24 hours)
Parentline
13 22 89 (8am - midnight, 7 days)
APS Psychologist Referral Service
(03) 8662 3300
Direct Line (Alcohol & Drugs)
1800 888 236 (24 hours)
Child Protection Crisis Line
13 12 78 (24 hours)
Lifeline
13 11 14 (24 hours)
Suicide Help Line
1300 651 251 (24 hours)
Crisis Line
9329 0300 (24 hours)
G-Line (Gambling)
1800 156 789 (24 hours)
Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault
9870 7330 (24 hours)

Reach Out
Australia’s leading online youth mental health service.
Headspace
Early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.
Beyond Blue
Many resources and services for promoting mental health.
Australian Drug Foundation
Facts and resources about alchohol and drugs.
Sane Australia
Helping Australians affected by mental illness.
Orygen Youth Health
A world-leading youth mental health program based in Melbourne.
Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner