The CatholicCare School Student and Family Program (SFFP) works within CEDoW schools to promote the wellbeing and development of students, and to improve connectedness between students, families and school communities. They provide response to the diverse needs and backgrounds of students and support for families.
Counsellors collaborate with schools to:
- empower students to effectively manage behaviour issues
- assist families to meet the emotional needs of their child
- respond to critical incidents
- offer early intervention programs which support the social and emotional development of students
- support whole-of-school approaches to managing bullying, positive behaviour and promoting mental health.
The school counselling process can help students with a wide range of issues, such as:
- Relationships with family, peers or teachers;
- Feelings, such as stress or anger;
- Grief and loss such as the death of a loved one or separation of parents;
- Anxiety and depression;
- Self-esteem and confidence;
- Body image concerns; and,
- Social skills.
Students may also have opportunities to participate in groups run by SSFP counsellors to support their social and emotional wellbeing.