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The School Based Psychologist

  • Jenny Hall (a1)

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Whilst the Victorian Education Department does not provide school based psychologists, many non government schools in Victoria have done so for a number of years. The girls'school at which I work has employed “counsellors” for nearly 40 years. The counsellor has been a psychologist for about 20 years and for the last 6 years the school has employed two full time psychologists. The school currently has 1004 students in the Senior School (years 7 to 12) and 370 students in the Junior School (preparatory to Grade 6). I believe all schools, both government and non government should employ school based psychologists because they can contribute in ways that are not possible for a person who is based elsewhere and visits a school once, or even several times a week.

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Presbyterian Ladies' College, Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria 3125

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