Fundamental to our Lasallian tradition is the concern for each and every student’s wellbeing. Ensuring a safe, respectful and enriching environment is the responsibility of all members of the College community.
The College Psychologists support the mission, vision and values of the College community and the College’s Lasallian tradition wherein respect is the foundation for all relationships. Our focus on maintaining and cultivating the wellbeing of all students is reflected in the appointment of two College Psychologists.
A College Psychologist is located at each campus. The College Psychologists are trained, credentialed members of their professional associations including the Australian Psychological Society and AHPRA. Our College Psychologists are trained and competent in delivering therapy using a range of therapeutic approaches (e.g. CBT, Person Centred, Attachment Focused).
College Psychologists provide individual counselling for a range of presenting issues including, but not limited to:
- mental health problems;
- behavioural difficulties;
- relationships (peer and family);
- traumatic life events and grief.
If the needs of the student or their family cannot be met by the College Psychologists, attempts will be made to refer them to an appropriate external service. Support of the student will continue while this referral is underway.
The College Psychologists’ are able to undertake educational and psychological assessment and diagnosis in areas of child and adolescent development including:
- Educational assessments involving intelligence testing,
- measurement of educational achievement and
- specific learning difficulties reading and communication disorders;
Testing is not undertaken lightly and will only be completed following discussions with teachers, Heads of House and Year Level Co-ordinators, parents and the student. Ideally, testing is done to clarify specific questions regarding the students’ academic strengths and/or weaknesses or to clarify or explore the possibility of learning disorders. A completed referral must be included and the decision to conduct testing remains the domain of the College Psychologists. Testing can be a time consuming process and the day to day support of individual students will remain the priority.
At times, the College Psychologists may offer a group program to students. These may include groups for:
- management of mood disorders (anxiety/depression);
- social skills;
- managing stress; and
- navigating relationships.
Participation in any group program is voluntary unless there is agreement between parents and school leadership.
Students can access the College Psychologists by dropping in, emailing, telephone or with the help of their Class or House Mentor, Year Level or House Coordinator.
Parents can contact the College Psychologists with any concerns they have and can organise an appointment to speak to a psychologist or request a psychologist to speak to their child.
Counselling is confidential as obliged by legal requirements and the ethical and professional dictates of their profession. The College Psychologists are bound by the College’s commitment to Child Safety.
The contact information of the College Psychologists are as follows:
Commitment to Child Safety
De La Salle College is committed to child safety. We recognise the importance of student empowerment and participation and strive to develop the potential of those entrusted to our care. We challenge, nurture and respect all children/young people, as well as our staff, contractors and volunteers. We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures. We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously. Read our full Statement of Commitment to Child Safety here.
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Like most Catholic schools, De La Salle has not been spared involvement in this most heinous of crimes. College Principal Peter Houlihan’s statement to the community is a concise outline of Malvern’s experience and our response as a community. Please view the statement here.
Please view our policies relating to the protection of children below:
- Child Protection Policy
- Child Protection Grooming Policy
- Child Protection Failure to Protect Policy
- Child Protection — Child Safety Policy
- Child Safety Staff Code of Conduct
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