Catholic Education South Australia

School Counsellor

About the Program


Centacare Children’s Counsellors work in Catholic Primary Schools in partnership with students, teachers and parents to enhance students’ social and emotional wellbeing. Counselling is child-focussed and informed by the needs, goals and developmental level of the child. It is a voluntary process that takes place in a one-on-one school setting. Counsellors are committed to working respectfully and collaboratively with students, parents/ caregivers and teachers in ways that build on the individual’s strengths. Children’s Counsellors offer support and information on issues impacting the student’s wellbeing: Anxiety/depression, social skills, grief and loss, family issues/breakdown, relationships, violence/abuse.




Children’s Counsellors work with the understanding that children, young people and their families have a right to confidentiality and privacy. A student’s right to confidentiality is paramount except where the student’s safety is of concern. Children’s Counsellors are legally required to report suspected child abuse/neglect, intentions of harm to others or self or any threats to safety or life. Privacy and Security of Personal Information Children’s Counsellors are committed to the protection and security of all personal information collected during the counselling process. Strict guidelines ensure that information received is used only for the purpose for which it was intended.


Referral Process


Students can request to see the children’s counsellor or can be referred by parents/ caregivers, school leadership and teachers. Any counselling with the student is conducted with their consent.



Useful Phone Numbers Website Links
Child Abuse Report Line 13 14 78 KidsHelpline - Click Here
DV Crisis Line 1800 800 098 Beyond Blue - Click Here
Homelessness Gateway 1800 003 308 eSafetyparents - Click Here
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 The Carly Ryan Foundation - Click Here
Lifeline 13 11 14  

Parent Helpline 1300 364 100




Or submit a message to our school counsellor below.


Raising children website - Click Here

BeYou - Click Here



Police Assistance info


Police Emergency - Dial 000

Police Assistance - Dial 131 444

Crime Stoppers - 1800 333 000


Articles to support the wellbeing, emotional and academic success in the Star Community


Anxiety in children:

Free Parent Education Seminar

Bookings Essential

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How to talk so kids will listen: 

Location: Adelaide May 3 

A workshop for families experiencing separation - develop strategies to communicate effectively with your kids. Bookings essential, no creche available.

Centacare Ph. 8215 6700 E: 


Developing Resilience for separated families

Location: Adelaide May 2

Develop positive ways to help you and your child deal with challenges, identify family strengths. Bookings essential. 

Centacare Ph. 8215 6700 E:


Supporting Children after Separation

Location: Adelaide May 20 

Workshop for separated parents. Understand and manage the changes in your family. Bookings essential. Cost $5.

Centacare Ph. 8215 6700 E:


Supporting Children after Separation 

Online via Zoom May 1

Online session for separated parents to understand and manage the changes in their family. Bookings essential. 

Centacare Ph. 8215 6700 E:


Who's in Charge? 

Location: Junction Community Centre Ottoway Starts May 12

8-week program for parents or carers of young people (8-18) who are beyond control, violent or defiant. 

Ph: Trevor 8405 6862 or Centacare: 8215 6700.


Inside Their Heads: Understanding Teenagers

Location: Adelaide May 1

Free workshop for parents/carers in families experiencing separation. Learn about teen brain development, setting boundaries, respectful communication.

Centacare Ph. 8215 6700 E: Bookings essential.


Building Coping Skills in Children and Young People 

Location: St Agnes Starts May 10

2-part workshop that helps parents and caregivers to support their children’s resilience. Creche available to book.  

Parenting SA Bookings essential via


Circle of Security Parenting 

Location: Cowandilla Children’s Centre Starts May 

6-week course exploring how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. Ph. Rachael on 0427 534 656 Bookings essential.


Starting School or Kindy

Supporting primary school age children though grief and loss - Fact Sheet

ACATLGN grief and loss

Online risks for children during the pandemic

Top 5 Things parents can do to keep their kids safe online

Squid games

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Normalising Current Events

Are you worried about your 4 to 11 year old child - Calm Kid Central

Family tech agreement - eSafety Commissioner

Supporting children during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Supporting children during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - A printable summary

Communicating with children about COVID-19

Parent and carer webinars - 2022 schedule

Parenting Webinars - 2022

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