The Chaplaincy Program has run at Dawson Park Primary for several years. Our current Chaplain is Mr Adrian Wilson. Mr Wilson offers a range of programs for students, as well as supporting parents, carers, staff and community members.
Throughout the year Mr Wilson offers a Social and Emotional wellbeing program for students in areas such as emotional regulation, resiliency, decision making, self control and anger management.
Mr Wilson has an open door to students who require confidential advice. However, students must seek permission from their teachers to see Mr Wilson. In addition the parents of junior/middle school students are contacted before they engage with the Chaplain. Upper primary students are seen without parental contact in the first instance. However, the consultation may lead to the involvement of parents or other agencies.
We are sure parents understand that for the Chaplaincy to work a relationship and feeling of safety must be developed…sometimes children need someone to talk to privately. Our Chaplain is aware of the protocols regarding disclosure and child welfare and is aware of his responsibilities for the safety of the students.
The Chaplain’s role prevents him from proselytising which would be at odds with the notion of a secular school.
School Behaviour Analyst
Jasmin is a Certified Behaviour Analyst who works with primary aged children and the people who support them to provide inclusive environments and develop skills that will help children to function across the life span.
Jasmin has a Bachelor of Psychology, Masters of Education and Applied Behaviour Analysis, and is a PhD Candidate in the School of Education at Curtin University. Her research focus’s on investigating how we can provide educators with the skills they need to support students with developmental disabilities in the school environment.
Jasmin’s role at Dawson Park Primary includes; supporting individual students to develop skills so that they can participate in classroom life, provide training for educators in areas such as classroom management, positive behaviour supports, and evidence-based instruction, and work with administrative staff to develop systems of support that will serve the school long term when behaviours of concern present in the classroom.
Darlene Dias is a Registered Psychologist who has worked for the School Psychology Service since 2012.
Tara Kelso is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist who has worked for the School Psychology Service since 2017. Darlene is employed at Dawson Park Primary for 2 days a week and Tara is employed for 1 day a week.
The School Psychology Service supports Dawson Park Primary to engage students in everyday school life. This includes assisting students, parents, teachers and school administrators in areas such as learning, behaviour, mental health and wellbeing, disability and social skills. Darlene and Tara worked closely with the Deputy Principals to prioritise psychological support for the school community.