Support for Brisbane educational psychology clinic

Catholic schools and their communities in the Archdiocese of Brisbane will benefit from last week's signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to jointly support the Caroline Chisholm Centre in the provision of psycho-educational services.

The Caroline Chisholm Centre has been operating since 1995 and is an educational psychology clinic which provides a range of psychological services to students and their parents. It was initially a joint initiative between BCE and the University of Queensland.

It is located in the grounds of St Ita's Regional Primary School, Dutton Park and will provide a base for clinical practice in the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) program at QUT. The Centre is co-directed by Mr Ray Reynolds (BCE) and Dr Linda Gilmore (QUT) with the guidance of advisory and management committees.

Acting Executive Director of Brisbane Catholic Education, Dr Paul McQuillan said the centre provides an "invaluable service to the Catholic education community in the Archdiocese."

"Practitioners in the educational psychology field operate where solutions require sensitivity and patience to bring about change," Dr McQuillan said. "On a daily basis they make decisions that impact positively on the lives of the students who spend a significant amount of time in our care.

"Teachers and parents rely on the support of these practitioners to promote their students' social and emotional development," Dr McQuillan said. Co-director of the Caroline Chisholm Centre, Mr Ray Reynolds said the agreement was a boon for the practice of educational psychology in Queensland.

"I am glad the new partnership between ourselves and QUT has come to fruition and that the important profession of education psychology in Queensland remains secure," Mr Reynolds said.

"Brisbane Catholic Education looks forward to working with QUT in furthering the quality of the service to our school communities as well as strengthening the skill set of the university's graduates in this area."

Pictured: Prof Wendy Patton, Dr Paul McQuillan, Dr Carol Dickenson, Ray Reynolds

BCE & QUT Sign Agreement For Psycho-Educational Services To Catholic Schools And Their Communities (Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Brisbane 22/4/05)

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