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Guidance officer

 

​Welcome to the guidance services page.

Guidance officers are teachers with specialist training and qualifications in guidance, counselling and psycho-educational assessment. They work on a district or school basis, assisting students achieve to their potential in the most appropriate educational setting.

This involves working with students and their parents or caregivers, often in conjunction with teachers, specialist support personnel and other community agencies. Guidance officers identify factors that can be barriers to learning and development, and plan or assist in planning interventions or programs that can help students achieve positive outcomes

          Services offered by Guidance Officer:

 

·  Assessing students’ developmental levels  and abilities through cognitive assessment and other measures.
· Considering educational adjustment
· Assessing students’ placement and specialist support needs
· Assisting students in adjustment to new setting in collaboration with parents and teachers
· Providing individual counselling in relation to safety and crisis situations and relationships
· Behaviour support advice based on Functional Behaviour Assessment (FBA) and development of behaviour support plans.
· Assessment of and advice regarding  mental health concerns
· Assist in student protection concerns, critical incidents and emergencies 
· Support to parents of newly diagnosed  students
· Parent support e.g. parenting advice (behaviour and disability related), family    issues
· Social skill development
· Psycho-educational assessments and related advice to parents and teachers
· Referral to external agencies
· Attendance issues
· Preparation of documentation for transitioning from school


 I can be contacted through the office at Hervey bay Special School to make an appointment.