Counsellors in Schools

Counsellors in Schools

The webinar programme for counsellors working in Waitaha me Te Tai Poutini, Canterbury and the West Coast secondary schools is designed to support the mental health and wellbeing needs of Year 7-13 rangatahi. It draws presenters from across a range of professional groups, including counsellors, NGOs and primary and secondary health care, to address issues relevant to our young people.

One professional learning and development webinar is held each term, to support counsellors’ engagement and work with rangatahi. These are designed to enable attendees to reflect on their own and their colleagues’ best practice, and hear a range of evidence-based approaches and therapeutic interventions from relevant health professionals.

Recorded Webinars

Counsellors in schools – responding when there is a suicide

Held on: 8th December 2022

Presented by: Chris Boweden – Lecturer, School of Education, Te Puna Akopai

Moderated by: Amanda Gillespie – Counsellor Burnside High School.  

Click here to view a PDF copy of the document.


“Help, I’m drowning in work!” – caring for our counsellor 

Held on: 17th August 2022

Michael Greenslade talks about the importance of and strategies you can implement to manage and maximise your own wellbeing, so you’re in the best position to do your job well.

Anxiety: topping up the toolkit for school counsellors. 

Held on: 18th May 2022

This webinar was moderated by Amanda Gillespie, a counsellor from Burnside High School, and was presented by Dr Amy Edwards, Clinical Psychologist, Child & Adolescent Family Services, Canterbury District Health Board.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the slides.


Low Mood: A discussion for school counsellors about supporting students with low mood. 

Held on: 23rd March 2022

This webinar which was moderated by Amanda Gillespie, a counsellor from Burnside High School, included the following panellists:

  • James Hutton – Manu Ka Rere / Community Youth Mental Health Services
  • Mark Kilpatrick – Head of Counselling Cashmere High School
  • Robyn Barnes – General Practitioner
  • Shirley Stuart – Psychology Practice Lead – Child & Adolescent Family Services, Canterbury District Health Board

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