Psychology and Counselling
Christ Church Grammar School’s Psychology and Counselling Team provides a variety of direct and indirect psycho-educational services to students, with the principal aim of assisting students to maximise educational opportunities and outcomes.
The Psychology and Counselling Team at Christ Church Grammar School is directed by Dr. Anne Angelkovska who has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and young adults within education systems. She shares the responsibility of the Psychology and Counselling role with Psychologist Michael Ralph. The Psychologists in the Senior School work directly with the Heads of Houses in identifying boys that are considered ‘at educational, social and emotional risk’ and provide appropriate interventions and strategies to best support them. The Psychologists also provide the same service to the Preparatory School to ensure appropriate support for students with specific emotional, social and learning needs. The Psychologists also work closely with the respective Co-ordinators of the Learning Development Centre.
Activities through which School Psychologists contribute their skills and expertise include:
- Early screening and identification of learning and behavioural difficulties.
- Psychometric, social, behavioural and educational assessment.
- Collaboration with external mental health agencies/professionals.
- In collaboration with specialist mental health providers, develop management plans to support students diagnosed with a mental health condition.
- Implementation of school-based action plans to accommodate student needs.
- Counselling for individual students.
- Collaboration with School administration to set up and monitor student support systems.
- Assist teachers in the development of individual education programmes and individual behaviour management programmes.
- Assist the School in the appropriate educational placement of students.
- Promote positive mental health through counselling and other support mechanisms
- Unique to CCGS, the teaching of performance psychology as part of the Senior School curriculum.
The School Psychologists at Christ Church Grammar School have training which enables them to deal with the wide range of problems students, teachers, and School administrators may face.
Support for Students
The School Psychologists assist students who are having specific difficulty with literacy, numeracy, writing, organisational skills or other school-related problems, and often make specific recommendations to the teacher, parent or School administration.
Because of their training in child development, the School Psychologists are able to evaluate and recommend appropriate remedial action or supportive programming for students who are not developing appropriate social skills.
The School Psychologists are trained to identify mental health problems, which may impact on learning or educational performance. In addition, they are trained to integrate the health, learning, emotional and behavioural information in order to facilitate the student’s school adjustment. Students who have been identified as having mental health issues will be referred to a specialised mental health professional where a management plan will be collaboratively developed.
Support for families and teachers
The School Psychologists are skilled in identifying and assessing the variety of factors contributing to a student’s behavioural difficulties and are well equipped to offer intervention strategies to teachers and parents.
They assist teachers who are experiencing difficulty in the management of students due to behavioural and emotional factors, and offer strategies for balancing the mix of cultural backgrounds found in the classroom. In addition, they provide support through collaborative problem-solving processes and direct intervention.
The School Psychologists also assist families faced with challenges, which may impact on their child’s educational progress. A partnership with Anglicare has been initiated to assist and support those families who require family counselling, grief counselling or relationship counselling.
Support for Administrators
The School Psychologists are able to work with School administrators to develop data collection instruments and collect data to support decision-making. They assist with the interpretation and analysis of data, which can inform the appropriate educational planning of students.
In cases where the school community is faced with violence, an unexpected tragedy or natural disaster, the School Psychologists are qualified to assist in developing interventions, such as crisis intervention processes, crisis intervention teams and staff support teams.