Counsellor, Coffs Harbour

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St John Paul College COFFS HARBOURCoffs Harbour
Date posted:
Contract type: Part Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

Principals at St John Paul College Coffs Harbour  and St Francis Xavier Woolgoolga are interested in applicants that can work 2 days at both schools.

St John Paul College is a school that strives to be truly Catholic in our identity and life: a centre of the new evangelisation and a place where the dignity and potential of every student is recognised and developed. St John Paul College is a Catholic secondary school in Coffs Harbour, educating over 1000 students from Year 7 to Year 12.


SCHOOL COUNSELLOR

Part-time (2 days per week)

The School Counsellor position will be offered for three years commencing 28 January 2020 through to 26 January 2023. 


The role of the School Counsellor is to support and assist school teams to better understand and manage student mental health issues, with a view to improving student outcomes.

As a School Counsellor, you will be an integral part of a school’s pastoral care support and will work with students, families, school staff and external agencies to maximise educational and wellbeing outcomes for students.


Selection Criteria to be addressed with your application:

• Current registration with Psychology Board of Australia; or membership of Australian Association of Social Workers Association or membership of PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia)/ ACA (Australian Counselling Association).

• A strong understanding of the professional body’s ethical and legal requirements, especially in relation to working within a school setting.

• Excellent communication skills with the proven ability to work collaboratively with teaching teams, and to engage and relate to students, families and staff.

• Demonstrated understanding of child adolescent development and youth mental health interventions.

• Ability to work independently with limited supervision and manage caseloads.

• Willingness to take an active part in the full life of the school and to support, accept, and uphold the mission, teachings and ethos of the Catholic Church’s work in schools.


Desirable Criteria:

• Experience in providing evidence based interventions with children and young people, individually and in groups.

• Proven experience and ability to respond appropriately in crisis situations and to students presenting with complex needs.

• Experience or willingness to provide professional learning to school staff and families.


Applicants are asked to submit all documents as one PDF to the Principal:

Principal – Michael Carniato

michael.carniato@lism.catholic.edu.au


  1. Covering letter that addresses the selection criteria.
  2. Catholic Schools Office application form
  3. Current Resume
  4. Academic transcript/s


All applications must be received by 3.00pm Friday 6 December 2019.


The successful applicant will be required to complete the registration for employment process with the Lismore Diocese in accordance with the Diocesan Website.

Child protection legislation requires preferred applicants to be subject to employment screening.

Information on how to Register for Employment in the Lismore Diocese is available on the Catholic Schools Office website http://www.lism.catholic.edu.au/employment/employment-information/



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Address: Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, NSW 2450, Australia. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +61 2 6653 3155