Student Support & Counselling

School Counsellor

We have a Primary School Counsellor who works with our staff and students to assist their well-being through:

  • working co-operatively with the whole school community to create a safe and supportive learning environment
  • providing leadership implementing the School Behaviour Policy
  • providing leadership in the area of Child Protection and Students at Risk
  • providing leadership in teaching and learning to assist others in the management of students’ behaviour, wellbeing and safety

Our School Counsellor, Chrissie Ashby, works with individuals and groups on a needs-basis. She is available to speak to parents and work with families in times of crisis. She refers families to local psychologist, LJ Durik, CAMHS and AC Care to ensure students are supported by appropriate professionals.

Student Support

Students with High Intellectual Potential will be identified by class teachers and programs structured to suit their needs.
Teachers will identify Students at Risk who are having difficulty with their learning or social interaction and special programs are developed to meet these needs.

 

Learning Assistance Program (L.A.P)

The Learning Assistance Program is aimed at the schools Students at Risk (STAR) and Students with High Intellectual Potential (SHIP) programs. It provides extra educational opportunities for identified students. The program is run by volunteers working with the child’s teacher. If you are interested in being a volunteer please contact the front office and fill out the LAP forms. We currently have a severe shortage of LAP volunteers.

Pastoral Care Worker    

Previously known as the Chaplain, the Pastoral Care Worker (PCW) is available at the school for 2 days a week. The role is to pastorally support the school in its aim to be a safe and supportive learning environment.

The PCW can be involved in a wide range of activities such as excursions, camps, one to one support and care, and classroom activities. The PCW is also able to provide families with information about the support services available in our community.

The PCW’s office is upstairs via the ‘Purple Carpet Area’ and you can contact the PCW by phoning the front office or leaving a note in the PCW box at the front office.
Sandra Vangsness is our current PCW.

Local & National Support

The following is a list of local and national supports for individuals and families in need. While we take care to keep this information up to date, support services come and go according to changes in funding and staffing. Please call the given number to ensure they still deliver the type of service you require.

 

24-Hour Help Lines

Adult Mental Health Services 24 hour Crisis:  131465
Alcohol & Drug Information Services SA:  1300 131 340
Child Abuse Report Line:  13 14 78
Crisis Care:   13 16 11
Domestic Violence Crisis Service:  1300 782 200
Gambling Help Line:  1800 060 757
Kids Help Line:  1800 55 1800
Life Line Counselling:  13 11 14
Parents’ Help Line:  1300 364 100
Police / Ambulance / Fire:  000
Women’s Health & Information Service:  1800 182 098

 

Other Help Lines

Alcoholics Anonymous:  08 8723 2319 or 08 8346 3255
Beyond Blue (Depression):  1300 224 636
Carers Australia:  1800 059 059
Domestic Violence Helpline:  1800 800 098
Families SA:  1800 800 747 or 8735 1717
Legal Help Line:  1300 366 424
Men’s Line Australia:  1300 789 978
Relationships Australia:  1300 864 277
Rape and Sexual Assault Service: 08 8226 8787
SE Regional Community Health Services: 08 8721 1460
SE Regional Domestic Violence Services Inc.: 1800 631 385 or 08 8723 1385
Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service:  1800 011 046

 

Community & Counselling Services

Anxiety Disorders Association SE:  08 8723 9400
AC.Care:  08 8724 9211 or 08 8724 5430
Australian Red Cross Society:  1800 188 071
Autism/Asperger’s Support Group:  1800 654 429
Vanessa Baylis & Associates (Psychologist Medicare):  0437 715 569
Bringing Them Home Counselling:  08 8724 7270
Burrandies Aboriginal Corporation: 08 8725 6200
Centacare (Counselling & Mediation): 08 8724 9229
Children’s, Youth & Women’s Health Services:  08 8725 0705

Local Support

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS):  08 8724 7055
Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service:  08 8726 1200
Community Support Centre:  08 8723 0540
Community Health:  08 8721 1460
Deer, John – Counsellor:  08 8723 4943
Dunn, John – Counsellor:  08 0407 277 478
Lutheran Community Care:  08 8723 2869
Limestone Coast Multicultural Network:  08 8725 6615
Living Water Christian Retreat:  08 8739 6313
Mental Health Support Group:  08 8724 9211
Mediation – Centacare:   1800 114 010
Mount Gambier Drug & Alcohol Service:  08 8721 1460
Mount Gambier Natural Therapy Clinic:  08 8725 7206
New Life Counselling (Ben Ramsey):  08 8725 3542
Pangula Mannamurna Aboriginal Health:  08 8724 7270
P.E.A.C.E. Multicultural Services:  088245 8100
Police Assistance (or non urgent crime):  13 14 44
Relationships Australia (SA):  08 8245 8100
Respond SA Adult Childhood Sexual Abuse Service:  1800 176 900
Richmond Fellowship of South Australia:  08 8723 0801
Ruby’s Theraputic Youth Services
Uniting communities:  08 8202 5060
Salvation Army:  08 8725 9900
Seniors Information Service:   1800 636 368
Smith, Keith – Clinical & Forensic Psychologist (Medicare Accredited):  08 8738 4021 or 0403 775 012
South East Community Legal Service Inc:   1300 369 236 or 08 8723 6236
South East Marriage & Counselling Services:  088724 9670
South East Rural Counselling Service Inc:  08 8739 3280
South East Women’s Emergency Services:  08 87231385
St Vincent de Paul Society:  08 8724 9322
Telford, Alison C- The Hawkins Medical Clinic, Mount Gambier:  08 8725 5266

CRISIS SUPPORT – Office Hours

Kincraig Medical Clinic

GP Practice:  08 8762 4888
Referrals through GPs to visiting psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors and clinicians.

Local Health Network South East

Mental Health Service

08 8721 15071
Services provided in Naracoorte at the Community Health Centre 4 days/week. Service includes intermediate care & community mental health services, and services for older persons. Professional mental health staff liaise with GPs, psychiatrists and psychologists for prompt assessment

Local Counselling Services – Naracoorte Based

Child Psychologist, Lana Joy Durik – Kincraig Medical Centre
Email: lana-joy@smiles-all-round.com.au  Phone: 0430 022 705

Naracoorte Counselling Services (including family & grief counselling) – Julie Brodie: 0417 832 675

AC Care

Supporting families and individuals in many different ways; financial counselling; homelessness services; individual counselling; family support:   08 8762 3086
Services available 3 days/week from Smith Street office

Mind Australia

Family mental health support service:  1300 286 463
In Naracoorte as required, offering short term support and assistance within your own home.  www.mindaustralia.org.au

Child And Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

If you have any concerns about your child’s emotional or mental health, talk with close family or friends, the school counsellor or your local doctor. If you are still worried then help is available through CAMHS. CAMHS provides a free and confidential counselling service for children and young people up to 18 years of age and their families. Services are provided by child and family specialists including psychologists, social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, and family therapists who are experienced in helping children with emotional, behavioural or social difficulties.

We have a CAMHS therapist based in Naracoorte but all referrals go through the Mount Gambier office. You can contact them directly or, if the concerns are school-based, the school counsellor, class teacher or principal can make referrals.

SOUTH EAST CAMHS, 2 Crouch Street North, Mt Gambier SA 5290. A free community service of Flinders Medical Centre.

Phone: 08 8724 7055    Fax: 08 8723 2610

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