As part of a comprehensive team responsible for the wellbeing of its students, St Bede’s College offers a Counselling Service through its Wellbeing Centre.
Four full time school counsellors are available to students, their families and staff. They offer support through individual counselling sessions, group support, family work and in secondary consultation with teachers. Counselling occurs at the pace and comfort level of the student.
Our Counsellors also respond to the perceived needs of the College through the curriculum and other school activities to enhance the wellbeing of the College community. This may include running or implementing programs such as Anti-bullying, Social Skills, Resilience Building and other education programs relating to mental health.
Our College Counselling Service is available to help students, their families and staff with a range of issues that include:
- Emotional problems such as anxiety, grief and loss, depression, low self-esteem
- Family issues such as separation/divorce, parenting difficulties, parent-child or sibling relationships
- Peer and social issues such as bullying, peer relationships and social skills
- School related issues such as transition, motivation and organisation
- Stress Management
- Anger Management
- Developmental Disorders
- Drug and Alcohol issues
- Sexuality and Sexual Identity
- Health and general wellbeing
- Involvement in the development of school-wide policies and practices on well-being related issues.
Students may be referred by College staff, parents or other professionals (e.g. family doctor), or students may refer themselves.
Due to the specific nature of some presenting issues, the Counsellors will refer to and liaise with other mental health professionals or community based services outside the College for more intensive and longer term support.
Discussions with students are confidential and treated with dignity and respect without discrimination or judgement. In most cases any information that is shared outside the counselling environment is done so with the consent of the student/parent.
There are instances where the Counsellors are bound to share information with others (Parents and relevant Senior Staff Members) even without the student’s consent. These may include situations when:
- they are at risk
- a serious crime has been committed
- there is a serious risk of harm to self or others or where
- there has been a subpoena served to present documents to Court
Parents may contact a Counsellor by phone 03 95825999 or email Scott Cadby or George Vlamakis using the links below:
- Mr Scott Cadby, Wellbeing Coordinator Mentone
- Ms Kim Ruffels, Wellbeing Counsellor Mentone
- Mr Tyler Bierman, Wellbeing Counsellor Mentone
- Mr George Vlamakis, Wellbeing Counsellor Bentleigh East