Miss Stephanie Holmes is the College psychologist.
The role of a School Psychologist involves providing psychological services in mental health, well-being, behaviour, learning, risk, and critical incident management.
School Psychologists work at the system, group, and individual levels to support positive outcomes for students. The School Psychologist works as part of the student services team to support identified students. The School Psychologist may work directly (e.g. counselling) or indirectly (e.g. attending meetings, developing documented plans, liaising with key stakeholders) with students.
School Psychologists can provide short-term counselling and support to students, however, comprehensive and long-term counselling requires referral to external agencies.
Referrals to external agencies can be completed by the School Psychologist if requested. Students are usually referred to the School Psychologist by student services staff members. Parents are also welcome to contact the School Psychologist directly if needed.
ACT BELONG COMMIT
Ellenbrook Secondary College is a part of the Mentally Healthy Schools program and we seek to promote the Act-Belong-Commit ethos throughout our whole school community. We believe that student (and staff) mental health and wellbeing are one of our biggest priorities, and that to work to the best of our ability, we need to keep mentally healthy.
Act-Belong-Commit is a mental health promotion campaign that encourages everyone to take action to protect and promote their own mental wellbeing. Being active, having a sense of belonging and having a purpose in life all contribute to happiness and good mental health. At Ellenbrook Secondary College there are many opportunities for our students to act, belong and commit, and we will be highlighting these events and activities throughout 2018.
We hope by promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message around the school, it not only educates young people about what they can do to prevent the onset of mental illness, but also encourages them to participate in all the activities that are on offer to be active, join in lunchtime and after school groups, and do good things for others. To find out more about Act-Belong-Commit, visit the website.