AISNSW School Counsellors' Conference

Looking Back and Looking Forward


The 2021 School Counsellors' Conference is the premier event for School Counsellors in independent schools across NSW. 

This year's theme invites delegates to reflect on the many changes that have occurred within our world over the past 20 years, while keynote speakers will present data about the current state of mental health among young Australians.

Workshop topics will allow delegates to plan and look to the future as they explore the role of the School Counsellor in the management of such issues as eating disorders, personality disorders, drug and alcohol misuse, using play in therapy, gender identity and more.

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*This event will be hosted on AISNSW virtual conference platform and will not be recorded, however, presenters will be providing resources pre and post-conference.

Need more information?

For any inquiries contact AISNSW Senior Consultant: Wellbeing, Nicky Sloss.

2021 Keynote Speakers


Rachel Christie

National Manager - Evidence & Insights, Mission Australia
Mission Australia 2020 Youth Health Survey Findings

Rachel leads the Mission Australia Centre for Evidence & Insights that inspires curiosity and leads to action.

Drawing on extensive humanitarian and international development experience in program design, monitoring and evaluation and operations management in the not-for-profit sector, Rachel and her team enable more informed decision making and build a culture of evidence based practice to improve service delivery and client outcomes.

David Hong

Family Therapist, Hills Family Therapy and Consultancy
School refusal: ‘a stubborn and a serious problem.’ A systemic perspective and the ‘how-to’ when working collaboratively within schools to facilitate a better outcome.

David Hong is a practising family therapist with over 38 years experienced in mental health service. He is an Accredited Clinical Supervisor with the Australian Association of Family Therapy. 

David is the Founding Director of The Delta Clinic established in 2010, a private ‘One-stop Therapy Centre’ specialising in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Sydney.

Associate Professor Wayne Warburton

Associate Professor of Psychology, Macquarie University
The impact of various media on brain function, behavioural inhibition and emotional regulation in children and teenagers

Dr Wayne Warburton is an Associate Professor of developmental psychology at Macquarie University and is also a registered psychologist. He has a strong research interest in the fields of aggressive behaviour, media psychology and parenting.

Wayne's publications in scientific journals and books are primarily on topics around aggressive behaviour and the impact of violent and pro-social media and screen overuse.

Jennifer Coen

State Manager: Wellbeing, Catholic Schools NSW
Stressed, depressed and often well dressed: the lives of post millenials. Are school counsellors keeping up?

Jennifer is a clinical mental health social worker with a Masters degree in Education. With over 25 years experience in child and adolescent mental health and trauma. 

She has held senior positions in both education (Head of School Counselling, Broken Bay Diocese) and health (Senior Trauma Counsellor State Coroners Office). Jennifer is currently the State Manager: Wellbeing for Catholic Schools NSW where she provides leadership on policy and program advice in the area of student wellbeing and safety.

Full 2021 program

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