In support of student wellbeing, Trinity College offers a confidential counselling service to any current student who may require this service.
What is a school counsellor?
A school counsellor is trained to give guidance on personal or psychological problems. Trinity College only employs counsellors who have recognised and reputable qualifications in psychology, social work or counselling. The role of a school counsellor is to provide support to students about matters that are impacting their wellbeing.
When should students see a counsellor?
Students might choose to see a school counsellor when experiencing a difficult event, relationship or situation, when help is needed to manage difficult thoughts or feelings, when they have a mental health concern or when they have a tough decision to make. Sometimes a parent, caregiver, teacher or someone else might notice that things are not right for a student and recommend they see the school counsellor.
For issues such as conflicts between students, friendship concerns, general worry or stress over school work, grades or similar, it is recommended students seek help from their class teacher, Head of House, or Head of Pastoral Care.
School counsellors are bound by Privacy Laws and by a strict code of professional practice and ethics that requires them to maintain the confidentiality of students they see. However, there are some circumstances when it may not be possible for a counsellor to maintain the privacy of a student. If a school counsellor believes a student is at significant risk of harm to themselves or others, when a student reports to a counsellor that another student is at risk, if a student discloses unlawful activity or when the counsellor is required by a court of law to surrender information about a counselling relationship, the counsellor has a responsibility to disclose information about these matters to the Principal and in many cases to the parents.
How do counsellors help?
School counsellors help by listening, understanding and guiding students through discussion about problems. Counsellors can help students work through difficult feelings, thoughts, decisions or situations and can, on occasion, advocate on behalf of students.
School counsellors can teach skills and strategies students can use to help them feel more confident to navigate difficult situations or experiences in the future. They can also provide practical help such as talking to teachers or families on their behalf or help students to plan and manage school demands during difficult circumstances.
* School counsellors cannot provide emergency or out of hours service. *