Sian Toney

School Counsellor / Provisional Psychologist

Qualifications: Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)

Research: Investigating the Impact of an Anxiety and Wellbeing Program on Emotional Awareness in Children (Current)

The Mediating Role of Social Skills in the Relationship between Motor Skills and Well-being in Children and Adolescents with ASD

Professional interest and expertise: I am currently completing a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) at Australian Catholic University, and my role as school counsellor at Christ the King Catholic Primary School will be my final placement. Throughout my undergraduate studies I developed a keen interest in working with children and adolescents and developed my skills in working with younger individuals through various volunteer counselling positions. Following the completion of my undergraduate degree I obtained a role as an Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) Therapist working with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I have continued to work as an ABA therapist whilst I complete my degree and I have a strong interest in ASD and its various impacts.

I have worked extensively with children with ASD as well as counselling students presenting with anxiety, difficulties such as misbehaviour in the classroom and poor organisational skills. I have experience facilitating small and large groups of primary school aged children working on issues such as peer relationships, social skills and anxiety. I am passionate about pursuing a career as a psychologist and look forward to gaining new experiences, as well as sharing my current knowledge and expertise at Christ the King.