STARTTS School Liaison Program
To support the psychological welfare of young people, STARTTS works in close partnership with the education systems and directly with school communities through our Schools Program. With considerable success, the program is making STARTTS services more accessible to refugee young people as well as providing high quality advice and assistance to teachers, school counsellors and other student welfare personnel. Our overall aim is to improve education, mental health and employment outcomes for disadvantaged students.
The STARTTS Schools Program
- provides clinical assessment and counselling interventions on school grounds
- supports student welfare staff with trauma-recovery information, professional development, training and advice
- facilitates therapeutic groups in mainstream primary and secondary schools and in Intensive English Centres
- provides input at regular meetings with the Department of Education and with the Catholic Education Office
- produces Hints for Healing, a free electronic magazine that is distributed via the education systems to all school counsellors in NSW and beyond. Topics covered include building resilience; the impact of refugee trauma; self-care issues; and the needs of refugees as young carers.
Our work with schools also involves working closely with School-Link to develop, implement and evaluate new programs of support to refugee students.