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.
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.