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School Counsellor

Job Description

St Mary Star of the Sea College is a proud Catholic Secondary school of Good Samaritan Education. The College has played a significant role in the education of women in the Illawarra for over 148 years. St Mary’s is a technology-rich environment which encourages innovation and creativity through its IB Middle Years Program (Years 7-10), promoting Catholic values through its high standard of pastoral care and commitment to collaborative teaching and learning.

Applications are invited for the position of School Counsellor (part-time: 3 days per week) for Term 1, 2022.

Reporting to the Head School Counsellor and Dean of Wellbeing, the School Counsellor is a member of the Wellbeing team with responsibility for:

  • providing one-on-one counselling to students
  • utilising evidence based, short term counselling interventions
  • conducting risk assessments, safety planning and care for students at risk
  • liaising with staff and supporting parents about safety, risk of harm concerns and general wellbeing considerations of students
  • liaising with students, their families and relevant external professionals as appropriate, to provide support to meet identified needs of students
  • maintaining confidential client notes
  • attending regular meetings with the Counselling and Pastoral teams, the Dean of Pastoral Care and the Principal.

Essential Criteria:

  • Recognised formal qualification in Psychology, Social Work or Counselling
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with a focus on exceptional customer service
  • Experience in identification, formulation, and counselling of students
  • Ability to develop positive relationships with students in Years 7-12 and their families
  • Ability to work as a positive team member in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to work proactively in supporting the general wellbeing of students
  • Professionalism and discretion at all times in relation to confidential matters
  • Flexibility and commitment to the provision of a high standard of professional care

A job specification and application form are available on the College website:

Applications close Thursday 2 December, 5pm

To Apply: Please submit an application form with CV and covering letter (1-2 pages) outlining your interest in the role and how your skills and experience meet the essential criteria to

Child protection legislation requires the successful applicant to supply a Working with Children Check.

Enquiries to Amanda Doyle, Director People and Culture on 4228 6011.

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