The Student Counselling team provides a range of services to students, parents and staff, including addressing personal, educational, health and social issues.
Whilst the majority of counselling time is spent with students, we are aware of the changing nature of society more recently which contributes to the already complex job of parenting a teenager. As Counsellors, we are available to parents for support and have a range of community support agencies we can make referrals to.
One of the school’s priorities is incorporating positive psychology into our school culture. By encouraging students to focus on their strengths and learn skills that enhance their resilience, we aim to provide an environment that encourages them to flourish. Counsellors play a significant role in implementing positive psychology principles by reinforcing the importance of personal development, self-reflection and a positive approach to their thinking and treatment towards other people.
Positive school culture
Embracing a positive school culture is an underlying theme at Salisbury High School. The Positive Education team raises awareness about wellbeing, positive education, positive relationships and anti-bullying strategies to develop a safe, caring and connected school environment. We facilitate numerous workshops around Martin Seligman’s PERMA Model. The Model identifies five essential elements of wellbeing. By focusing on all five elements, students can flourish both emotionally and academically.
Our team provides counselling services to students who need support. Our aim is to guide them to function better, improve relationships with others, and realise their potential.
Community engagement is another focus within our school. The Positive Education team hosts an annual wellbeing day to raise awareness about the importance of wellbeing, including stress management, healthy eating, coping with mental illness, embracing diverse cultures and safety. Various youth organisations attend the event and provide wellbeing related information and workshops to the students around wellbeing.
We are fortunate to have an in school psychologist who provides free psychological services to students and their families on site. The service is bulk billed to Medicare for eligible students. The psychologist sees students who have a referral from their GP under Medicare’s Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative (Mental Health Care Plan), which allows the psychologist to provide 10 sessions per calendar year. As In-School Psychology bulk bills to Medicare there is no out of pocket cost for the family.
The psychologists from In-School Psychology are experts in child and adolescent psychology and dedicated to providing outstanding and comprehensive services to assist children and adolescents, their families and their schools.
Counselling is an effective way of helping adolescents struggling with some aspect of their lives, from feeling anxious or depressed, to experiencing bullying or having difficulties controlling their anger. It can help them recover and help prevent recurrence.