The Guidance Officer provides counselling, psycho-educational assessment and individual student support to assist students to overcome barriers to learning and development, as well as achieve their potential in the most appropriate educational setting.
The Guidance Officer works directly with individual students, teachers, support personnel, family, also supporting referral and liaising with other specialists and health professionals from support agencies for specific and complex issues.
The Guidance Officer also provides resources, information & support for parents and families, specialised support in response to student protection issues, critical incidents and emergencies.
The Guidance Officer follows ethical guidelines and confidentiality, while also contributing to a professional support team.
For academic concerns, it is usually best to discuss the concerns with your child’s classroom teacher, who can make a referral for support or assessment, however,
parents are also welcome to contact the Guidance Officer regarding personal, social, emotional and family concerns by making an appointment through the school administration.
At Minimbah State School, from Term 4, Ali Dunbar will be our Guidance Officer, attending full time until the end of the 2020 school year.
Parentline: 1300 30 1300
Parentline provides support, counselling and parent education for the cost of a local call, and web counselling from 11am-2pm Tues and Thurs.
Lifeline: 13 11 14 (free from mobile phones)
Lifeline provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services. Telephone, online and face-to-face counselling is available.
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
Kids Helpline is a counselling service for Australian children and young people aged between 5 and 25 years.