Guidance Counselling during Alternative Education Provision

Our Guidance Counsellor will continue to provide counselling support to students as required during this period of school alternative education provision. There will be some differences to usual procedures, however, we will endeavour to provide wellbeing support during this period of disruption.

Commencing from Day 1 of Term 2, if face-to-face services are no longer available, telephone or email contact may be used. Melissa will respond to requests for support and offer suitable contact times and method. Melissa will be available during usual school hours although other arrangements can be negotiated to meet the needs of families.All normal consent and record keeping procedures will be followed.

Melissa will consider:

  • Whether the presenting issue is appropriate to be managed remotely.

  • If the presenting issue needs face-to-face management, a referral to an external provider will be suggested.

  • The age of the student - primary students will require their parent/s to support access to the Guidance Counsellor.

Parents may request a call or email contact via our standard referral methods, either through contact their child’s classroom teacher or by liaising with Melissa directly melissa.allison@bne.catholic.edu.au.

How the sessions will work

Students may indicate whether they would prefer a phone call or an email session. This must be negotiated with parent/s’ knowledge and consent. Students and parents will be advised as to privacy and confidentiality considerations and encouraged to discuss/ consider the expectations regarding this contact.

Dealing with COVID19: resources for families

For access to specific resources relating to COVID-19, please see inform​ation on the All Saints parent portal under the COVID-19 updates tile, Wellbeing Resources. These will be updated as necessary. Melissa will be available via email intermittently over the school holiday period to provide further resources for families relating to COVID-19 and/or to refer to external supports where needed.

This information is available on our Parent Portal click here.