Australian Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools


About APACS (SA)

The APACS(SA) is the local chapter of the national organisation of psychologists and counsellors working in school settings.

The Association aims to support the professional development and welfare of its members through the provision of quality professional development activities, promotion of pro-active programs and information sharing. The outcomes of this include improved educational provisions and programs for all students and the skilling of support providers.

What does APACS (SA) offer?

     • Professional development and welfare of its members
     • A forum for members to discuss matters of common concern and professional interest
     • The opportunity to work for the betterment of all students in schools, particularly students at risk
     • Affiliation with national and international psychology and counselling organisations
     • Promotion of research and the publication of work in journals
     • A lobby group to promote the interests of members of the Association

Examples of APACS (SA) services include:

     • An issue of The Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools (Formerly The Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling) annually
     • 2 national newsletters during each year
     • Organisation of professional workshops

'Life Saving Tips' from young Australian Muslims

Recently, David Denborough spoke to APACS (SA) members about the Dulwich Centre's 'Life Saving Tips Project'. For more information, please go to http://dulwichcentre.com.au/projects/life-saving-tips/

Current social inclusion project

A project is currently underway to enable diverse groups of young people across South Australia to exchange ‘life saving tips’. In addition to creating such exchanges, this project will also create resources that document the ways in which young people are seeking to prevent or respond to diverse forms of discrimination/injustice and create social cohesion in their own ways. For more information see:
http://dulwichcentre.com.au/projects/life-saving-tips/ or email: dcp@dulwichcentre.com.au

APACS (SA) Awarding Excellence in SACE Psychology

Earlier this year, APACS (SA) celebrated the achievements of the 44 students who received a merit in Stage 2 Psychology in 2015. This is the sixth year that APACS (SA) has awarded students for excellence in the study of psychology in South Australia. A presentation ceremony was held at the Education Development Centre where the students were presented with a certificate and gift. Students were invited to bring along their parents and psychology teacher to join in the celebrations. In addition, a number of special guests attended the event including Jayne Johnston, Chief Education Officer for the South Australian Department for Education and Child Development, and Professor Kurt Lushington, Head of School for Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy at UniSA. Guests were entertained with music performed by the very talented students at Playford International College. A number of the merit award winners have decided to continue their study of psychology at university, and we wish all the students good luck in their future endeavours.

Pictured: (top) Jayne Johnston congratulating award winners, and (below) music students from Playford International College.

For Upcoming Professional Learning Activities

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