The Suite of Guidance and Counselling Services at St Columbans…
At St Columban's we deliver counselling and interventions at three levels: Intensive individual counselling, targeted small group guidance and whole year level intervention. Intensive individual counselling and small group programs comprises the majority of the work that our Counsellors do at school through individual appointments with students identified at risk, or who are in need of support for a variety of issues. These include anxiety, depression, anger management, school refusal, self-harm, suicidal ideation or thoughts, emotion regulation, friendship or peer issues, organisation and study skills, family disconnect and relationship issues, eating issues, bullying, and a variety of other issues.
St Columban's runs programs for students and year levels as a part of an overarching proactive Wellbeing Program. For example, the Seasons for Growth Program helps students of all year levels understand the experiences of change, loss and grief. Cool Kids Anxiety program has a cognitive behavioural orientation and is designed to help adolescence manage their anxiety by teaching them anxiety management skills. Each program is designed to foster self-esteem, resilience and confidence among the young people participating.
Ms Elizabeth Neil
Mr Mark Meehan
Referrals to the counsellors are usually by way of parents contacting the individual counsellors directly, student self-referral or a House Leader.