Student Services Team
The Student Services staff are highly trained specialists who support and help students facing a range of issues. The team have developed a comprehensive referral network outside of the college such as: Headspace, Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH), Clare House, Drug and Alcohol services, The Link, Housing, Mental Health Services, Disability Services, Crisis Assessment team, General Practitioners and psychiatrists.
The Student Services team are located in the terraced house next door to D block, on Elizabeth Street. Appointments can be made by contacting the Student Services receptionist 6235 6559.
Students can self-refer, or parents and teachers can make a referral on behalf of the student.
Student Services Receptionist
Sandy Verrier, Jane Shearing, Dee Morgan, Narelle Trail, Ange Spooner, Alana Czerniawski, Rebecca Strong
The main aim of school counselling is to support the student in their education. Psychoeducation is also provided for staff, students and parents such as information on brain development in adolescence, substance abuse, sleep hygiene, anxiety and depression.
Counsellors can organise referrals to other agencies e.g. Headspace, Clare House, Pulse, Relationships Australia.
The psychologists work with students, teachers and families to develop intervention strategies such as: support with educational planning; risk assessment, crisis management and safety planning.
The psychologists are also part of the counselling team.
ANGE SPOONERSocial workers are professional practitioners who provide confidential counselling and support to students and their families around a range of issues. These may include relationships, mental health difficulties, stress management, attendance issues, grief counselling and conflict resolution. They provide assistance for families and students at risk of harm (from self or from others) such as suicide, self-harm, child protection issues or risk of homelessness.
Angela works with individuals, groups and communities and is also part of the counselling team.
JANE SHEARINGJane’s role as a Youth Worker incorporates a holistic view of students’ wellbeing, to support and maintain them in education. This is strengthened by the networks within and outside the college environment, covering such issues as Centrelink, Accommodation, Counselling, Mediation and Advocacy especially in dealing with relationships between families, peers and sexuality.
Jane is also part of the counselling team.
NARELLE TRAILNarelle’s role as a Youth Worker is to support International, Exchange and Refugee students to ensure a smooth transition to Elizabeth College. Narelle can support students to manage any issues that may be impacting on their studies or personal well-being including issues they may have with communication and cross-cultural or social adjustment difficulties.
Narelle is also part of the counselling team.
DAVE NEWCOMBEDave’s office is located in the Careers Centre in the Library. Dave’s role is to advise students on various career-related matters such as university and TasTAFE courses, apprenticeships and traineeships, part-time/casual job applications and resumes, as well as offer general career planning advice. Students can book an appointment with Dave here.
Dave also works closely with Hobart City High School in preparing grade 10 students with pathway planning and the transition to College.
Our school nurses are both experienced nurses who are passionate about youth health. They provide a confidential service where students can book an appointment to discuss any personal health issues they might have. The nurses provide health education and health promotion to students one on one, in groups, or in classrooms, as well as liaise with other healthcare providers to enable the young people at EC to be able to understand and utilise better health care and education in Hobart and surrounds.