SCPA NSW Annual Awards 

The inaugural awards commenced in 2021 as a way for SCPA NSW to recognise the work of of school counsellors and school psychologists.

Award winners will receive:

  • $200 prize money
  • 12 months free membership with SCPA NSW
  • One free membership for a colleague not yet associated with SCPA NSW
  • A trophy
  • Permission to display this achievement on correspondence for a period of 12 months

Nominees must:

  • Be currently employed in school counselling/psychology with the NSW Department of Education, Catholic Schools NSW or Association of Independent Schools NSW.
  • Consent to their nomination to be published on the SCPA NSW website and social media platforms.

School counsellors and school psychologists can be nominated for an award in one of the three categories described below:

Practitioner of the Year

In addition to the general criteria with reference to the Psychology Board of Australia’s 8 core competencies, the Practitioner of the Year nomination must address how the nominee:

  • Criterion One: Demonstrates professional leadership in their school or community, through initiatives, projects, and programs.
  • Criterion Two: Describes a major professional accomplishment specifically related to their role and how it has impacted positively on the wellbeing of students.

New Practitioner of the Year

In addition to the general criteria the New Practitioner of the Year must have less than three years’ experience in school counselling or psychology. With reference to the Psychology Board of Australia’s 8 core competencies, the nomination must address how the nominee:

  • Criterion One: Understands the individual needs of students, develops their strengths and fosters their development through a comprehensive and evidence-based intervention program.
  • Criterion Two: Encourages collaborative relationships with colleagues, students and their families, and the community to promote positive student wellbeing and mental health.

Innovator of the Year

In addition to the general criteria and with reference to the Psychology Board of Australia’s 8 core competencies, the Innovator of the Year nomination must address how the nominee:

  • Criterion One: Uses evidence based innovative practice or technology to enhance student wellbeing and mental health.
  • Criterion Two: Develops and leads programs, initiatives or school systems to support the development of student wellbeing and mental health.

In line with our value of transparency, submissions will be collated by the SCPA NSW committee and published on the SCPA NSW website and social media platforms for a period of one week. The SCPA NSW membership will be emailed a confidential survey to vote on the final award recipients.

Nomination forms will be available very soon!

Previous Award Recipients and Nominees