The Guidance Officer's role is to assist students to achieve the greatest benefit from their time at school. They help identify factors that can be barriers to learning and development, and assist in planning interventions and programs that are designed to help students achieve positive outcomes.
Although the Guidance Officer is a member of the school staff, they are often able to extend beyond the teacher role to handle sensitive situations in a confidential environment, and to link with and refer on to community agencies. Networking beyond the school site is particularly helpful in cases of child protection, critical incidents, substance abuse and mental health problems.
Students in the primary school usually only come into contact with the Guidance Officer if they are referred by school staff or at the request of parents/caregivers. Parental consent is required for primary students to engage with the Guidance Officer. Within the secondary school, students have the opportunity to self-refer and do not require parental consent.
The Guidance Officer is able to assist with a variety of issues. Identified below are some of the more common areas the Guidance Officer is able to assist with. Appointments can be made directly with Sue Atkinson, our full-time Guidance Officer, on (07) 3621 7333, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or through the school’s administration.
- assess students’ developmental levels and abilities (including psychometric testing)
- assist in developing educational adjustments
- assess students’ placement and specialist support needs
- assist students’ adjustment to a new setting
- study/homework/goal setting
- provide personal counselling in areas of relationships, individual safety and crisis management
- support students to manage behavioural difficulties
- anxiety and depression
- anger, conflict
- grief and Loss
- gamily concerns
- supporting independent students and students in care
- subject selection
- career planning and decision making (SETP)
- career information (including school based traineeships and apprenticeships)
- tertiary applications (QTAC, TAFE and private providers)
- alternative education options