School Counselling Service Scholarships for Workforce Development

The School Counselling Service Graduate Scholarships for workforce development support school counselling staff to complete short term, specialised courses in areas of psychology and wellbeing to enhance their capacity to meet the needs of students.

Funding for scholarships is provided through the NSW Government's Supported Students, Successful Students initiative.

See below for some of the courses and professional learning opportunities:

Assessing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children and Adolescents

This workshop provides a research-based and practical approach to the psychological assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) children and adolescents. We will review the literature on the development of language and literacy abilities among English learners, and explore the impact of cultural differences on academic skill development.

The strengths and limitations of current instruments will be reviewed, and a framework for the effective psychological assessment of CALD children will be presented. Specific assessment methods will be demonstrated, including the conduct of interviews, the use of questionnaires and specialised tests, and the development of individualised case formulations. We will explore how to write accurate and useful reports of the results and implications of assessments of CALD children and adolescents.

Assessing Children and Adolescents with Hearing Loss

This workshop provides a systematic, research-based and practical approach to the psychological assessment of children and adolescents with hearing loss. The scientific literature on the impact of hearing loss on the development of language, cognitive and academic skills will be reviewed. We will critically evaluate commonly used measures, and identify those tests best suited for assessing hearing-impaired children.

A framework for the psychological assessment of hearing-impaired children will be presented, in which information obtained from interviews, questionnaires and observation is integrated with test results to facilitate the development of an individualised case formulation. The administration and interpretation of specific tests will be demonstrated, including a range of nonverbal measures. We will explore how to write accurate and useful reports of the results and implications of assessments of children and adolescents with hearing loss.

Professional Certificate in Education (Positive Education) - Melbourne Graduate School of Education

The Professional Certificate in Education (Positive Education) provides a foundation in the science of positive psychology and its application in education settings. The course is designed for educators, youth workers, school counsellors, school psychologists, health professionals and administrators who are working in schools and other educational settings. Participants will learn about different theories of wellbeing and flourishing, examine core positive education constructs, and explore positive interventions that can be used in learning environments to build wellbeing and resilience in students and staff. The course also explores how educators can initiate and lead systematic change across educational communities, wellbeing policy, and the role of measurement and evaluation. Activities and assignments help participants to apply the different concepts and strategies to their own educational setting.

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