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Wellbeing Centre

At Galen Catholic College Pastoral Care & Wellbeing are taken very seriously and are seen as pivotal for student learning and growth. We welcome students, parents and staff to our Wellbeing Centre featuring three counselling rooms plus a dedicated room for group work and programs.

Kate Meehan (full time Counselor), Laura Lindsay (full time School Counsellor), Jade Winter (full time School Psychologist) and Therese Rodway (part time social worker) staff this excellent facility to better serve the student’s needs.

Galen’s dedicated Pastoral Wellbeing Leaders, Learning Leaders at each year level and Head of School also work closely with the Wellbeing Team to overlook and monitor student progress and wellbeing at school.

Contact Wellbeing

Phone: 5721 6322
Email: wellbeing@galen.vic.edu.au

Our Team

Kate Meehan
Counsellor

Hi Galen Students, staff and parent community.  My name is Kate Meehan I have had nearly 30 years experience in the social welfare area (10 years at Galen Catholic College as a counsellor).  I have worked in many differing roles, both within state government and community agencies, from managing a youth refuge, working with at risk and vulnerable children, young people and their families, I have managed teams of case workers, worked in early childhood development and provided family support.  I have a very strong interest in education (and completed my post-graduate diploma in Education) and student wellbeing.   I have recently completed training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapies (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).  I enjoy retail therapy, long walks, travel and hanging with my family and friends.

Laura Lindsay
Full Time – School Counsellor

Hey! I’m Laura. You’ll see me floating around the wellbeing area or the canteen. I come from a background of over 6 years in Child Protection and have a Bachelor of Human Services and a Master in Social Work. I love working with adolescents and making sure their voices are heard. I am a very strong advocate for all students from different walks of life. I love a chat, so always feel free to email me or pop into the wellbeing centre. I am full time so I am always around!

A bit about me:
I’m a mother to two little girls, and three border collies – which I’m not sure who controls me more! 
I never wear matching socks. I am a ridiculous gym fan – going once if not twice a day if I can fit it in. 
I am an OG HipHop/Rap enthusiast – even have Mums Spaghetti tattooed on my leg.  
That’s some info about me, I’d love to get to know everyone at Galen – so shoot me an email!

Jade Winter
Full Time – School Psychologist

Hi I’m Jade and I’m a registered psychologist. I graduated a few years ago from Charles Sturt University with my dissertation focusing on gender and consent. I’m incredibly passionate about gender equality and apply my knowledge through a feminist framework. I have worked across many settings including NSW Education, and Family and Community Services where I have created and nurtured a genuine passion for the wellbeing of children and young people.

My interests include; going to live gigs, running, weight lifting and anything Harry Potter!

I’m trained in areas of Acceptance and Commitment Therapies, Cognitive Behvaioural Therapies, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapies and Educational Assessments. I also offer support and referral recommendations for students and families where appropriate.

Therese Rodway
Part Time – Social Worker

Welcome! My name is Therese, I am a social worker who has been Galen for 14 years! I have 2 sons with my husband, we live on a farm, and I love my connection to this country and learning more about my ancestors. I am passionate about the search for meaning and purpose completing a Bachelor of Theology. I care about young people and their families (whatever shape and form it takes, completing a Diploma in Family Therapy). I am also a qualified Mental Health Social Worker. I look forward to having a yarn and learning about your story!

Cocoa (Therapy Dog)

I am in on Mondays and I love a cuddle, and a pat.

Pop in and see me if you want to chat, as I am always willing to listen. I hope to make your day a bit better. My human Therese is there too, if you need anything. See you soon!

Wellbeing at Galen

There may be times when you and your family have an issue that is impacting on your schooling which needs sensitive and confidential attention. It might be a health, family or personal problem. Either way, at Galen we have Wellbeing Counsellors who can provide professional support to you. This can be an alternative to the Homeroom teacher or Wellbeing Leader and Learning Leader (who would generally be the people you first approach about school concerns).

Exploring the issue with one of the Wellbeing team might help you to find the right solution to your situation. We can confidentially chat in the privacy of our wellbeing rooms in the Wellbeing Centre. We can support you and your family in a variety of ways including making an appointment with other community services that specialise in your particular area of concern. Please remember, we welcome you and your family to our school. We care about you and there is always someone here at Galen to provide you with wellbeing support.

How the Student Wellbeing service operates at Galen College

  1. Establish reason for referral and build rapport
  2. Students/families have the limits of confidentiality explained
  3. Key players or clients are established
  4. Develop effective strategies/solutions with student/client
  5. Monitor and effect changes as required
  6. Terminate or set for review further involvement

Our Confidentiality Agreement

All information discussed with Wellbeing Staff is kept confidential and private.
However, there are some occasions when Wellbeing Staff will inform others of a student’s situation if:
• You are at risk or hurting yourself
• You are at risk of someone hurting you
• You are at risk of hurting someone else
Contact could be made with a parent or legal guardian; trusted adult, child protection, Doctor/Hospital or health service, if the need arises.

Contact Wellbeing

Phone: 5721 6322
Email: wellbeing@galen.vic.edu.au