Guidance Officers are experienced teachers who have completed Masters level qualifications in guidance, counselling and educational assessment. As experienced teachers they also have insight into effective teaching practices, individual learning styles and the challenges presented by classroom and school environments. They also have specialised training in other areas such as student engagement, behaviour management, adolescent counselling and development, mental health and career development.
At Craigslea State High School the Guidance role involves working with students and their parents or carers, in conjunction with teachers, specialist support personnel and other community agencies. The Guidance Officer works as part of the Student Support Services team, including the Youth Health Nurse and the Chaplain.
Guidance Officers identify factors than can be barriers to learning and development and plan interventions or programs that can help students achieve positive outcomes. The Guidance Officer also works with the Head of Senior Schooling to ensure positive academic outcomes and career pathways for students. Duties of Guidance Officers commonly include:
Assessing student’s placement and specialist support needs
Providing personal counselling
Helping students manage relationships and behavioural difficulties
Providing assistance with study skills
Subject and course selection
Career planning and decision-making
Tertiary Information and application procedures.
Accessing Guidance Services
Students and Parents/Caregivers are welcome to make appointments with the Guidance Officer. Contact can be made through the school:
Phone: 3326 5222
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Attention: Guidance Officer)