Dr John BurnsHead of Counselling Services at a large multi-campus school in Sydney’s north, Assoc. Member, Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University
Dr John Burns is scientist-practitioner in the field of school mental health. He is currently Head of Counselling Services at a large multi-campus school in Sydney’s north and an Associate Member at the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University, where he continues to be actively involved in research into school mental health practices. He has previously held honorary positions as Convener of the Australian Psychological Society’s Psychologists in Schools Interest Group and Convener of the NSW Association of Independent Schools School Counsellors Network.
2020 SCAP Presentation: Towards best practice in the school management of students with depressive disorders
Around Australia – and indeed around the world – schools are being confronted with an increasing number of depressed students. Depression is a particularly insidious disorder in terms of the way it pervades and undermines a young person’s emotional, social and academic functioning. School administrators are increasingly turning to school psychologists and counsellors to provide answers for how to best manage these students. This presentation will provide a practical model of evidence-based best practice that encourages schools to implement preventative and proactive approaches to managing mood disorders as well as individual management of the depressed student.