Wellbeing Hub Services

'To ensure mental health concerns are responded to effectively and promptly, key staff are trained in youth mental health first aid.'

At BDC our wellbeing program teaches the skills and attitudes that enhance mental health, support learning and cultivate wellbeing. In our primary years this is achieved through our Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) program and the Walker Learning approach. This is supported in our secondary years in the house system and tutor groups, with a sequential pastoral care program focussing on inclusion, student voice, and leadership. 

Our approach at BDC is one that focuses on prevention and early intervention. To ensure that mental health concerns are responded to effectively and promptly, key staff are trained in youth mental health first aid. The college has the Director of Wellbeing, two chaplains, educational psychologists and a family therapist to provide individual support. Wellbeing Team members at BDC also deliver tailored group programs for targeted interventions that students may opt into for specialised support and skill building.

Counselling Services

The Wellbeing Centre provides a range of services and programs aimed at supporting students and their families in both the primary and secondary schools. Services offered by the centre include:

Individual Counselling

If you are going through a tough time and are struggling to deal with something that has happened in your life, talking to a professional whose job it is to listen and facilitate positive change can make a difficult situation more manageable.

Family Counselling

If your problems are more related to your family situation, then counselling that involves other members of your family with a focus on hearing and understanding each other better can be helpful.

Parental Consultation

Many parents struggle to always know what is the best way to support their child. Sometimes being able to talk it through with an independent person can help bring clarity and understanding to a particular issue or situation.

Advocacy and Referral

If you have a specific issue that could be better dealt with by a specialist in the community then we can support you in finding the right service for you. For example: mental health, legal or sexual health services, etc.

Group Work Programs

Throughout the school year we run a number of specific issue-based programs where students are often invited to attend. These programs address issues such as grief and loss, self-esteem, and relationships and bullying, and they provide an opportunity to explore a particular topic in a range of creative ways often using art as the primary medium.

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Referral Process

Referrals can be made via your class teacher or your year coordinator. You can also come to the Wellbeing Centre and make a time to talk with someone. Parents can also contact any of the counsellors by phoning the school.


The counsellors at the Wellbeing Centre all operate within strict guidelines regarding confidentiality. Discussions you have with a counsellor are kept confidential unless there is a risk to your safety or the safety of others.