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Your Guide to School Counselling as a Career

Your Guide to School Counselling with Swinburne Online's Psychology Courses

Swinburne Psychology

So, you’re eyeing a career as a school counsellor – awesome choice! Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of what it takes, especially when it comes to dealing with the diverse worlds of preschool, primary school, and high schools in Australia. Here’s how Swinburne Online’s psychology courses can equip you for the rewarding journey ahead.

Life’s a juggling act, we get it. That’s why Swinburne Online’s psychology courses are all about flexibility. You can pursue your dream of becoming a school counsellor without giving up your day job, family time, or your hobbies.

Here is what you can expect as a counsellor in each phase of schooling:

1. Preschool: A Foundation for Future Growth

In the preschool setting, a school counsellor wears many hats. Beyond the crayons and nap times, you’ll play a crucial role in identifying early signs of developmental challenges or behavioural issues. Swinburne Online’s courses delve into child psychology, providing you with insights to foster healthy emotional and social development. It’s about laying the groundwork for a positive educational journey.

2. Primary School: Navigating the Formative Years

Primary school is where kids start forming friendships, discovering their strengths, and sometimes facing their first academic hurdles. As a school counsellor, you become a trusted ally. Swinburne Online’s courses prepare you to address a range of issues – from bullying to learning difficulties. You’ll learn effective communication strategies to engage with younger students, making a lasting impact during these critical formative years.

3. High School: Guiding Through Adolescent Challenges

High school is a time of transition, self-discovery, and teenage angst. Here, a school counsellor steps in as a beacon of support. Swinburne Online’s psychology courses equip you to navigate the unique challenges of adolescence, covering topics like adolescent psychology, substance abuse, and mental health. You’ll develop the skills to guide students through academic stress, peer pressure, and career exploration, setting them on the path to a successful future.

Man receiving a psychology session

Common Responsibilities Across Levels:

Now, let’s talk about responsibilities. Regardless of the school level, a school counsellor takes on a variety of key roles:

a. Individual Counselling:

  • Engaging in one-on-one sessions to address personal, academic, or emotional concerns.
  • Developing tailored strategies to support each student’s unique needs.

b. Group Sessions:

  • Facilitating group sessions to address shared challenges or encourage peer support.
  • Creating a safe space for students to express themselves and learn from one another.

c. Conflict Resolution:

  • Acting as a mediator to resolve conflicts among students.
  • Fostering a positive and inclusive school environment.

d. Life Skills Education:

  • Providing guidance on essential life skills such as time management, stress management, and decision-making.
  • Preparing students for the demands of the real world beyond the classroom.

e. Collaboration with Teachers and Parents:

  • Working collaboratively with teachers to address academic concerns.
  • Communicating effectively with parents to ensure a holistic support system for students.

Swinburne Online’s psychology courses go beyond the textbooks, incorporating practical experiences to prepare you for the dynamic responsibilities of a school counsellor. From understanding child and adolescent psychology to honing communication and conflict resolution skills, the courses are tailored to empower you at every stage of your journey. So, if you’re ready to make a meaningful impact in the lives of students across all school levels, Swinburne Online is your launchpad into the world of school counselling.

Whether you see yourself in a bustling school hallway or navigating the virtual classrooms of the future, Swinburne Online’s courses prepare you for the journey ahead. Picture yourself making a real difference in the lives of students, guiding them through the ups and downs of school life. If you’re ready to turn your passion into a profession, Swinburne Online is a great choice in making a positive impact in the educational sector.

Ready to invest in your career through Swinburne Online? Learn more about our Psychology courses and fill in an application form, here.


Swinburne Online students receive the same qualification as students at Swinburne University of Technology, an internationally ranked university with 30,000 students across its Melbourne and overseas campuses.
Yes, there are no requisite live or in-person sessions, so you can elect to study anytime, anywhere. If you find the combination of full-time work and full-time study to be too much, you can choose to study part-time.
If you are an on-campus student at Swinburne University of Technology, you may be able to study some of your units online, through Swinburne Online. Speak to a Course Consultant today to find out if we can meet your unit requirements.
Yes, most students will be eligible for some type of overseas study program, either longer term student exchange or short term study tours. For more information visit our Swinburne Abroad page on the Swinburne University of Technology website.