School Counselling

A key feature of independent schools is that they not only seek to provide high quality academic programs but also place a considerable emphasis on the overall mental health and wellbeing of the students enrolled. Consequently, they have highly developed wellbeing and student support programs designed to cater for a wide range of issues that may affect students. Counsellors collaborate with other professional staff to ensure the school provides effective whole-school wellbeing and play a valuable role in the school’s ability to exercise its duty of care, and protection from legal liability.

Guidance Documents

To assist school leaders with facilitating the effective operation of school counselling, a range of guidance documents are currently under development. These documents will include information related to consent and storage of documentation, policies and procedures, as well as contractual considerations.

As we continue to develop more resources, they will be added to this webpage. For further information, please contact Jacqui Rainey, Student Services Consultant & Clinical Psychologist.

AISNSW Student Services

If you have any further questions, please contact the AISNSW Student Services Team on 9299 2845.

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Guidance for School Counselling in Independent Schools

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Includes information about:

  • Informed Consent
  • Security of Information
  • Privacy Laws

Professional Associations for
School Counsellors

Professional Associations for School Counsellors provide guidance in a range of areas including:

  • Ethical Guidelines
  • Code of Ethics/ Conduct
  • Practice Guides & Resources
  • Professional Development & Advice

AISNSW School Counselling Cooperation Protocol

The Protocol assists in facilitating the provision of counselling services between schools in the event of a critical incident. Principals who wish to participate, will sign and submit the Protocol to AISNSW where a register of signatory schools will be maintained.

AISNSW School Counselling Network Group

AISNSW facilitates regular counsellor network meetings in Week 4 each term. These meetings are specifically designed to support School Counsellors in their work in independent schools by providing an opportunity for them to connect with each other and share input across a range of pertinent topics.

Counsellors from NSW independent schools interested in being part of this group can contact Fabienne Arora, Student Services Consultant & Psychologist or Sam Kourakis, Professional Services Consultant for more information.