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Student Counsellor

Job posted: 23/06/2022
Applications close: 06/07/2022 (Midnight)
3 days remaining

3 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Western Region | Melton

Job type: Part time / From 08/08/2022 - 07/08/2023

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1284747

Reference: 1284747

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Western Region | Melton

Selection Criteria

1.  Demonstrated awareness and understanding of the issues encountered by young people and families and the ability to work alongside and support those experiencing barriers to education including mental health issues such as anxiety.

2. Demonstrated ability to deliver a comprehensive counselling service to young people in schools, including evidence-based and crisis intervention and referrals for students and families.

3. Sound knowledge and understanding of mandatory reporting procedures, confidentiality and student rights.

4.  Demonstrated ability to develop and implement high quality programs which support student wellbeing and success.

5.  Demonstrated experience in the coordination of services and provision of information, support, consultation and the ability to work with groups or individual students.

 

Role

  • The School Counsellor works within the Wellbeing Team providing a comprehensive and integrated framework to respond to the needs of students and their families. Within the Wellbeing Team at Rockbank Primary, there is an emphasis on prevention and early intervention strategies and approaches through the development of programs, procedures and policies in line with DET and the school. The duties of the School Counsellor include counselling students whose behaviour, school progress or mental or physical impairment indicate a need for assistance; consulting with parents, teachers and other school personnel to determine the cause of the problems and to implement solutions in order to maximise their wellbeing and engagement in learning.

Responsibilities

  • The position of Student counsellor is one of providing significant support to the school community in achieving the government targets in attendance.  Working with the framework of the school Strategic Plan and the Annual Implementation Plan the Student counsellor will provide advice to students and family of the school and be required to work in close association with all members of staff to develope policies, programs and implementation strategies to improve wellbeing, engagement and attendance at the school.  Operating under the coordination of the Student Wellbeing Leader and as part of the Student Wellbeing team at the school the School Counsellor will:
  • Contribute to strengthening the links and referral pathways between relevant departments, services, community organisations and schools to optimise support for vulnerable children, young people and their families.
  • Work with teachers and other staff to monitor, promote and improve engagement and attendance data.  In consultation, provide support and implement practical initiatives for vulnerable students who are at risk of disengaging.
  • Creation/Support creation of safety plans, student support plans and contribute to (Individual Education Plans) IEPs and (Behaviour Support Plans) BSPs
  • Keep relevant, professional and up-to-date case noted on identified students in order to monitor progress and develop support plans
  • Identify and assess the barriers being faced by yound people and their families.
  • Provide counselling support to individual students as need.
  • Develope and assist in delievering pro-active classroom and extra curricula programs that improve student resilience and wellbeing.
  • Act as a resource to parents and students through consultation and provision of information, supporting work programs, advice and referral to DET Student Services personnel, government and community agenies.
  • Liaise with community agencies and education related groups as required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Who May Apply

Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department of Education and Training is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms – gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department.  The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Other Information

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx

Vaccination Requirement

A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Rockbank Primary School is located in the old township of Rockbank adjacent to the Western Highway.  The school was opened in 1868 and has a current enrolment of 320 in 2022, with this number rising steadily with the growth in this suburb.  The school moved to its current location in 2009.   The Rockbank Primary School motto 'Nurture. Believe. Achieve.' highlights the school's commitment to catering for the diverse needs of our students.  Our school values of respect, learning, togetherness and safety guide our practise and ensure that students have a clear understanding of the expectations and culture of this school. 


The school is developing a diverse cultural population, which has been welcomed by an inclusive community.  In 2022 Rockbank PS has 14  classes with 3 Foundation,  6 x Year 1-2 classrooms, 3 x Year 3-4 classrooms and 2 x 5-6 classrooms.

The school has Specialist subjects in Physical Education, AUSLAN and The Arts and there is a strong wellbeing program to cater for a number of students with Additional Needs.  Rockbank PS is a School Wide Positive Behaviour Support School and is also an early adopter of the Respectful Relationships program.  Our school values are used as common language and underpin every decision; with the values linked to our school wide expected behaviours which are represented on our school matrix. Our school wide house system is used to support a team approach to achieving success with Peacock, Harrison, Missen and Fisher all equally represented. 

There is strong support for children with additional needs with the school employing a full time Education Support person to coordinate supportive structures such as our Social Skills programs.  There is also a dedicated Wellbeing space to assist these students.  Our Assistant Principal, leads the Wellbeing program as well as taking part in the School Improvement Team and driving Curriculum. Our Learning specialist leads staff development using Mentoring/Coaching/Peery observation programs.

Staff at our school are encouraged to grow as adult learners and participate in ongoing Professional Learning communities focussed on student improvement.

Student Counsellor

Job type:

Part time / From 08/08/2022 - 07/08/2023

Job classification:

Not provided

Contact:

Krista Barnes | 97471210

Student Counsellor