Thornbury High School works alongside a range of services to support out students. There are various options to suit the individual needs of each student.
External Counsellor / Psychologist
> often through Headspace or Your Community Health
> obtain a Mental Health Care Plan through a GP and seek appointments externally.
We encourage all families to work with the school if there are external providers helping the student with school based issues. Parents/carers are encouraged to provide documentation from their psychologist/social worker/OT with any relevant information that may assist their child with their mental health concerns. This could be a safety plan, warning signs/triggers and or strategies to cope when anxious, angry, sad or overwhelmed. This information is always treated with confidentiality and care and helps the student feel supported in a consistent manner.
Headspace Clinicians - enhanced mental health care in schools
> a joint initiative between the Department of Education and Headspace
> two psychologists available for appointments on a Monday onsite at THS (currently no waiting period).
> the Student Wellbeing Coordinator will meet with the student first, call parents/guardians to discuss, provide the consent form and schedule the appointment.
School-based Psychologist: Rebekah Oppenheim
> Rebekah is available for appointments from Tues-Thursday for students who do not fit the Headspace EHMS criteria.
> The SWC will meet with the student first, talk to parents/carers, provide the consent form and book the appointment with Rebekah.
All students referred to Headspace and Rebekah will be required to get consent from parents/carers. If a student is 16 years and over they can sign their own consent form. The consent form will be provided by the SWC.
Consent is not required if they seek casual, debriefing or referral sessions with Peggy Oberthier, SWC.