Counselling is an evidence based practice involving assessment and therapeutic interventions that enhance wellbeing conducted by a registered qualified professional. Counselling involves a different relationship and different outcome expectations to pastoral care. Pastoral care is about offering active listening, empathy and support through healthy relationship and individual or small group prayer. The College offers both counselling and pastoral care.
The following positions within the College provide Pastoral Care:
• Spiritual Director
• Middle and Senior School Student Counsellor
• School Chaplains
The following positions within the College provide professional counselling
• Middle and Senior school student Counsellor
• Other professional practitioners who visit the College
Through the above positions, the College provides a professional counselling and referral service to agencies in the surrounding community as well as pastoral care. The College also provides family and parenting support by way of individual interviews and parent seminars.
Middle and Senior School counselling is offered through the MS and SS Student Counsellor.
Many important changes occur during school years as a young person develops physically, mentally, and emotionally. Times of transition such as movement into Middle School may be particularly challenging. Personal counselling may help a young person during their school years to understand themselves better, enhance their learning capabilities and achieve their academic goals.
Mrs Ros Price is registered as a clinical counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association with over twenty years of counselling experience in schools. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology and a Master of Counselling. Mrs Price is passionate about working with students, parents and staff. Counselling at Calvary Christian College is solution focused and strength based with a Christian worldview.
Mrs Price uses a variety of evidenced-based therapeutic interventions that suit the needs of students and their families. These include but are not limited to:
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
Some of the issues which students and/or parents might like to talk through with the counsellor include concerns about bullying, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, stress and time management, anger issues, transition to a new school, peer pressures and conflict, family concerns, and coping strategies to mention a few.
The Student Counsellor works in close liaison with the chaplains and learning enrichment staff to provide students with social and emotional counselling, involving families as necessary.
The Student Counsellor is available by referral by teachers or parents, or by self-referral by students themselves. All sessions with the student counsellor are free of charge.
The counsellor is located in the back of the Resource Centre off the reading lounge and is available by appointment four days a week.