Our Wellbeing Team consists of three members:
Mrs Pattie McCusker is the Wellbeing Leader and has over 30 years experience in Wellbeing and Special Education. Her role is to support students, parents and staff with wellbeing issues and co-ordinate Wellbeing prevention and intervention programs and Social and Emotional Learning. She meets with students individually or in groups, facilitates Restorative Practice conversations and assists parents and staff in catering for students with diverse needs. Pattie co-ordinates the Students with Disability program and liaises with and refers to outside agencies and allied health professionals such as Catholic Education Melbourne, DHHS (Child Protection), paediatricians, psychologists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists. She also co-ordinates pastoral care and support as well as the care@stpeters email address.
Ms Sarah Allen is a registered psychologist who has had experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Sarah obtained her Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) from Australian Catholic University in 2015 and has worked extensively within primary and secondary schools in the northern and western suburbs of Victoria. Sarah has also worked with the Student Support Services of the Department of Education, in private practice and within a hospital behavioural program at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Sarah currently combines her work at St Peter Apostle Primary School with that at headspace.
Sarah conducts cognitive, educational, behavioural and developmental assessments, as well as provides confidential counselling support. She also has experience with report writing and developing specific recommendations for families and school staff, tailored to the individual needs of students she supports, and based on consultation with families and staff.
Sarah has a special interest in supporting children and families experiencing a variety of difficulties and diagnoses such as anxiety disorders, depression, adjustment disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, autism spectrum disorder and social skill development. She also has a special interest in implementing evidence based group programs for children and their parents, and developing professional development opportunities for families and school staff members on concerns relevant to their needs.
Ms Peta Costello has a wealth of Wellbeing experience. She coordinates the provision of pro-active Wellbeing programs and works with students, staff and parents in areas of Restorative Practice and in an advisory capacity. Peta also coordinates Wellbeing programs such as Absentee Management, Bullying Prevention Initiatives, Peer Support, CELF screening and management of the Student Code of Conduct.