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Event Details - Law for School Counsellors NSW 2019

Title: Law for School Counsellors NSW 2019
Type of Activity: Other
Objective of Course / Workshop:

Law for School Counsellors is a unique must attend event for school counsellors, guidance officers and psychologists. This seminar provides comprehensive information and practical help to navigate legal issues, risks and professional conflicts faced by school counsellors.

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Course / Workshop Outline:

Navigate grey and challenging areas in 2019 with insight and knowledge from key legal experts, headspace and schools. Register now for LawSense Law for School Counsellors to secure your place.

LawSense Law for School Counsellors will help you navigate and manage your legal exposure and challenges in supporting students, balancing professional and employment obligations and dealing with others involved in student care. 

LawSense Law for School Counsellors will be held on 20 March 2019 at the Aerial UTS Function Centre, Sydney. Seminar topics include:

  • Child Abuse Law Update: Examining How the New Failure to Report, Failure to Protect and Grooming Offences Affect A School Counsellor’s Obligations
  • Examining and Interpreting Exceptions to Privacy and Confidentiality Obligations of School Counsellors – When Can You Share or Disclose?
  • Student Self-Harm, Suicide Attempts and Return to School: Understanding the Extent of Your Duties
  • Understanding and Navigating Informed Consent from Students and Parents
  • Dealing with Subpoenas, Legal Proceedings and Giving Evidence in Court
  • Family Conflict: Navigating Parent Separation, AVO's/DVOs and Family Law Courts Proceedings
  • Sexting and Bullying/Cyber-Bullying Update: Investigating Allegations and Understanding Rights and Obligations

Speakers and panelists include:

Expert Lawyers

  • Alex KohnPartnerMakinson d’Apice Lawyers
  • Neha SharmaSydney Catholic Schools
  • Tracey JessiePrincipalJessie Lawyers; Former School Principal
  • Nevena Brown, Principal, Meridian Lawyers
  • Sonya ParsonsPartnerThomson Geer Lawyers
  • Margaret BakerR/ Chief Legal Officer, NSW Department of Education
  • Anne-Marie FensomLawyer and Professional OfficerHuman Resources, Sydney Catholic Schools


  • Karen FletcherNational Operations Manager, KidsMatter, MindMatters and Postvention, headspace in Schools


  • Cheryl Sewell, House Psychologist, Sydney Grammar School

Here are some comments from LawSense Law for School Counsellors in 2018:

“This event was excellent. Very high calibre & quality of speakers. Very professional and well worth attending!”

"Information was excellent .."

"Great topics....very clear and relevant information"
"An excellent conference. Very relevant with very informed speakers..I appreciated hearing speakers examine the issues.."
"This is my second time doing a LawSense course - love the information.."

"Brilliant.. thank you"

OPD points: 5
Course / Workshop content:

A detailed program can be found at or click the following link:

Law for School Counsellors 2019

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Start/End Date: 20/03/2019 to 20/03/2019
Time: 08:30:00 - 16:30:00
Presenter / Provider: LawSense
Contact Name: LawSense
Contact Phone: (02) 8034 6471
Contact Email:
Qualifications: Solicitors & School Representatives Presenting

You will hear from:

* 7 legal experts

* headspace

* Schools

Address: Aerial UTS Function Centre
Address 2: Building 10, 235 Jones St
Suburb: Ultimo
State: NSW
Website: http://
Parking: Paid
Is there disability parking and entry? Yes
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch
Registration URL:
Cost ($): $595 (Early Bird), $695 (Standard)
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

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