SCPA NSW Annual Awards

The inaugural awards commenced in 2021 as a way for SCPA NSW to recognise the work of our School Counsellors and School Psychologists across 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.

Previous Award Recipients and Nominees