Early interventions ‘missed’ as NSW struggles with shortage of school counsellors

7/10/2022 10:06:00 PM

Early interventions ‘missed’ as NSW struggles with shortage of school counsellors

New South Wales, Australian Education

Early interventions ‘missed’ as NSW struggles with shortage of school counsellors

Figures show there is one counsellor for every 650 students, despite inquiry recommending ratio of 1:500

“An emergency department essentially is what counsellors are doing in schools now.”She said low-level interventions like check ups, psychological assessments and intellect tests were now “few are far between”.Northern Tablelands school counsellor Jacob* said he is often left distressed when he visits poorly serviced regional schools and discovers kids who could have been helped with earlier interventions.

“Where schools have gone for a long time without counselling service … and then they get a school counsellor come in, you find so many kids who are entitled to additional funding support for learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities,” he said.

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We don’t do any wellbeing or any welfare, we triage serious mental health only. “An emergency department essentially is what counsellors are doing in schools now. Michael Hurley has joined Travis Cloke in taking up coaching roles at Essendon.” She said low-level interventions like check ups, psychological assessments and intellect tests were now “few are far between”. READ MORE: Vittorio Stefanato admits to murdering 39-year-old Christine Neilan. Northern Tablelands school counsellor Jacob* said he is often left distressed when he visits poorly serviced regional schools and discovers kids who could have been helped with earlier interventions. NSW firming to host potential AFL ‘Magic Round’ Peter Ryan proposed extra “magic” round of football in 2023 , as the AFL works through ways to avoid it clashing with the Sydney Royal Easter Show. “Where schools have gone for a long time without counselling service … and then they get a school counsellor come in, you find so many kids who are entitled to additional funding support for learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities,” he said. Stefanato was aged 73 when he was charged a year ago.

“They just haven’t been assessed so these kids have missed out for years. The atmosphere in the preliminary final at the SCG was electric. Ms Neilan was last seen walking without her beloved dog Sooky a day before her body was found. That’s pretty distressing.” While he loves his job, Jacob regularly considers leaving. The AFL is keen for the round to be a festival of Australian football, involving the 18 clubs in the non-traditional AFL state early in the season, with a particular emphasis on supporting Greater Western Sydney as they attempt to gain a stronger toehold in the city. “I’m making a difference in what I do but there is a limit and eventually I will change to something else,” he says. Ms Neilan had lived at Lightning Ridge with her mother since late 2019. Jacob is one of 1,375 people employed full or part-time in the school counselling service, according to the department. The Giants did not attract more than 10,000 supporters to any of their games played at their home stadium in 2022. Justice Helen Wilson convicted Stefanato of murder and listed his sentence hearing for February 10 at Dubbo.

While the numbers are low, the department said other members of staff were also trained to provide basic care which meant coverage was better than it seemed. “We have more than 2,000 staff providing wellbeing support to our students, including school counsellors, school psychologists, student support officers, behaviour specialists and wellbeing nurses,” a spokesperson said. The AFL received support from clubs to pursue the proposal and has been receiving bids from states outside Victoria. “This equates to around one for every 400 students. However, approaching wellbeing support in schools through ratios works against the varied needs of student wellbeing. With all teams in town and the stars of the game congregating at once, the game would receive unprecedented exposure in Sydney, with spectators to travel for the weekend from throughout Australia.” Sign up to Guardian Australia's Morning Mail Free daily newsletter Our Australian morning briefing email breaks down the key national and international stories of the day and why they matter Privacy Notice: Newsletters may contain info about charities, online ads, and content funded by outside parties.

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