Our school community highly values our Counselling and Careers service and all speak highly of the work of our trained counsellors.
Brigidine College Counsellors provide a high quality professional counselling service for students, parents and caregivers with concerns regarding student wellbeing, or requiring parenting support. Our dedicated Career Counsellor and Personal Counsellors are based in The Sophia Centre, a welcome environment for all, and are committed to assisting students to reach their full potential and achieve their goals.
There is also a College Chaplain to support students (and staff) and provide liturgy and services.
The purpose of having qualified and professionally accredited Counsellors on staff is to provide a variety of evidence-based interventions aimed at helping students to know their strengths and be empowered to move forward through circumstances in their lives that may be negatively impacting on their ability to be fully engaged in learning. Sometimes, in difficult circumstances, friends and relatives are unable to provide an objective viewpoint. Our Counsellors can offer this objectivity so that students and their families gain insight and learn strategies to assist in managing their situation.
Our Counsellors provide a non-judgemental, confidential and safe environment in which to discuss issues. Confidentiality means that everything you say in the counselling session will be kept private, unless permission is given to share the information with others. In circumstances relating to an individual being at risk, or harm, or a criminal offence has been or is going to be committed, by law, we are mandated to report this to ensure safety. The Counsellor will discuss this with you and the best way to go about it.
Our Counsellors work closely with the Dean of Student Formation, the Pastoral Leaders and the Home Room teachers to ensure that all students have the opportunity to access the support they require to feel comfortable and happy at school.
The College Careers Counsellor, Ms Elyse Purser, provides a range of career development services to all students, within the context of the Australian Blueprint of Career Development. As well as providing individual career counselling to our Year 12 students, the Counsellor also provides information and resources for the Careers Education Program, the SET Planning process for Year 10 students and subject selection for the senior phase of schooling.