Careers and Counselling
Careers Education at West Moreton Anglican College is an important part of the holistic way the College approaches preparing our students for life after school.
The Careers framework works towards the goals reflected in the Australian Blueprint for Career Development (2003) and complements the academic, pastoral, spiritual and extra-curricular programs provided across the College from Junior to Senior School.
The developmental topics and learning experiences covered aim to develop within individual students an awareness of self and self-respect, respect for others, responsible decision making, and transition learning. Transition learning incorporates developing knowledge of, and the ability to, make decisions that lead to successful transitions from school to post-school opportunities.
West Moreton Anglican College has adopted the goals reflected in The Australian Blueprint for Career Development (2003) that aim to equip students to be able to demonstrate:
Knowledge and understanding of themselves and others as individuals, including the actual and potential personal resources they bring to situations (i.e. strengths, limitations, abilities, skills, qualities, needs, attitudes and values);
Knowledge and understanding of the general structures of post-school life, the range of opportunities and alternative pathways, and the demands, rewards and satisfaction associated with each. Decision-making and planning skills in relation to anticipated careers, occupations and life roles.
Management of the implementation of the considered choices and the transitions from school to post-school situations in adult and work life (McGowan & McKenzie, 1997, p17).
The College’s belief in the total development of the child from prep to senior is supported through the Student Service provision of a Counsellor and a Chaplain, who have pastoral, spiritual, career and psycho/educational roles. The Counsellor provides a range of pastoral and specialist support to all members of the College community, including students, parents and academic and support staff.
Pastoral counselling is available to all members of the College community. The Counsellor aims to support those students within the scope of their expertise and seek to refer on cases where medical or specialist involvement is considered most appropriate. The Counsellor may work with an individual student or contribute as part of a support team, which may involve Heads of School, House, Year Level and relevant teachers. The Counsellor is available to provide parents who may have concerns for their child with support.
The Pastoral Counselling service is able to assist in a wide range of areas. The Counsellor is, within their level of expertise, able to assist students with school-related as well as family difficulties. The Counsellor is able to provide help for a range of personal problems which may relate to changes within the family, death and loss, relationship difficulties, self-esteem and identity difficulties. The Counsellor may also assist with anger management, conflict resolution, and friendship skills. Specific short talks on a targeted area may be given to classes, year levels or schools. The Counsellor is available to give support to students, academic staff and families. The Counsellor may also work in conjunction with external agencies involved in the welfare of a student.
Children are referred directly to the Counsellor through the Head of Junior School. Teachers and parents are able to raise their concerns for a child with the Head of Junior School, who then discusses these concerns with the parent and where appropriate, may suggest and gain permission for the child to be assisted by the College Counsellor. In certain cases it may be considered more appropriate to seek advice from a private psychologist or medical practitioner, or the parents may choose to do so.
Middle and Senior School
Students in Middle and Senior School have access to the Counsellor by several means. A child is able to self-refer to the Counsellor once they have turned 12 years of age and may do so either through their Tutor, or by making an appointment directly with the Counsellor. Heads and Deputy Heads, House and Year Coordinators and parents are also able to refer students. If under these circumstances a student does not wish to accept counselling assistance, they will be offered the opportunity to see another Counsellor, or the person referring will be advised that the student did not wish to participate. Again, in some circumstances it may be the recommendation of the College Counsellor that specialist or medical assistance is sought by the parents for the student. The College Counsellor may continue to support the student within the College and may work with their outside agency in a collaborative way to assist the student.