The full position description for this position can be accessed at https://tsac.qld.edu.au/employment/
The College Psychologist/ Guidance Counsellor provides support and consultation with students and staff in the form of counselling, information and, where required, referral for assessment. The College Psychologist / GuidanceCounsellor works closely with specialist staff to proactively develop and implement programs which support the wellbeing of the College’s students and families.
The College Psychologist/ Guidance Counsellor is primarily responsible to the Principal, to provide support in relation to the welfare of the College community. The College Psychologist/ Guidance undertakes to become a Student Protection Officer of the College and accordingly, their duties must be carriedout in accordance with the ethos of the College and the Diocese.
The College Psychologist/ Guidance Counsellor is responsible for meeting the following professional responsibilities.
Psychologicaland Counselling Services
· Provide individual counselling and guidance, primarily to studentswho are referred by other school staff.
· Work closely with families to facilitate positive parenting practices
· Develop, in collaboration with College leadership, psychological andwellbeing programs to support students
· Develop, in collaboration with College leadership, an overall psychological and educational approach for designated students
· Establish and maintain contacts with qualified personnel and welfare agencies so that students requiring therapeutic counselling or intervention beyond the resources of the College can be referred to the appropriate outside agency with prior agreement of the student and/or parent. These agencies may include paediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists and other allied health providers
· Liaise with external providers and professionals regarding students where appropriate
· Work in collaboration with and provide consultation to teachers, specialist staff and the Principal on matters regarding particular students’welfare
· Assist with the planning, development and implementation of programs that will assist students and their families in coping with thepressures of study, as well as the social, emotional and family issues encountered by students when required
· Report any problems/issues associated with student welfare or particular students at risk at the College, in accordance with professional and statutory requirements.
· Undertake regular professional development and proactively advise the School on current best practice in the area of developmental and educational psychology
· Perform other duties related to this position as determined by thePrincipal
Administration and Compliance
· Adhere to the College’s Code of Conduct and relevant professional codes, ethics and guidelines at all times
· Maintain accurate, confidential files
· Maintain individual case statistics and records
· Ensure students who are referred by other staff are seen promptly and with appropriate regularity for their needs
· Keep the Principal updated on the progress of all assigned students, especially those deemed at higher risk
· Attend planning days on a regular basis and participate in peer consultation with other staff
· Attend regular case management meetings with relevant staff and report matters of particular concern to the Principal
· Attend meetings, as required, with Learning Enhancement staff
· Present to students and staff on welfare related issues as required
· Run small group programs as required
Commitment tothe College Vision and Goals:
Demonstrate a commitment to the College aims and philosophy in holistic education and support the College’s worship and value based approaches.
Anglican schools support the rights of children and young people and are committed to ensure the safety, welfare and wellbeing of students. Anglican schools are therefore committed to responding to allegations of student harm resulting from the conduct or actions of any person including that of employees. This commitment includes the provision of a safe and supportive living and learning environment for all students and requires all employees, volunteers and visitors to model andencourage behavior that upholds the dignity and protection of students fromharm. The College Psychologist and/or Guidance Counsellor is a designated Student Protection Officer and fulfils their obligations determined by this role, as well as undertaking all training and development required by theDiocese.
Duty of Care:
Contribute to the College’s dutyof care for both staff, parents and students by adhering to all requirements relating to the development of an environment which is free from the risk of injury, harm and/or disease as required by the Workplace Health and Safety andChild Protection Acts and relevant College policies and practices.
All employees recognise and accept that multi-skilling is an essential component of employment with The Springfield Anglican College and that they may be required to undertake duties that are outside their normal position description but within their skills, competency and capability.
Registration Requirements: Essential
Full registration by the Psychology Board of
Australia under the Health Practitioner Regulation
Current full registration or current provisional
Teacher Registration with eligibility for full
registration, and a recognised coursework Masters,
majoring in guidance and counselling
Eligible formembership of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists.
Endorsement under the PsyBA as an Educational and Developmental Psychologist.
Blue Card: Required
Experience: Extensive experience in a guidance counselling role or similar)within a school environment and/or with school-aged children