Counseling in the High School
Young people of today live in a fast paced exciting time, with a more diverse and mobile society, new technologies and growing opportunities. To ensure that they are ready to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders and citizens, students need support, guidance and opportunities. Adolescents face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement.
High school years are full of growth, promise, excitement, frustration, disappointment and hope. It is the time when students begin to discover what the future holds for them. Secondary school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community.
High school is the final transition into adulthood and the world of work as students begin separating from parents and exploring and defining their independence. Students are deciding who they are, what they do well and what they will do when they graduate. During these adolescent years, students are evaluating their strengths, skills and abilities. The biggest influence is their peer group. They are searching for a place to belong and rely on peer acceptance and feedback. They face increased pressures regarding risk behaviors involving sex, alcohol and drugs while exploring the boundaries of more acceptable behavior and mature, meaningful relationships. They need guidance in making concrete and compounded decisions. They must deal with academic pressures as they face high-stakes testing, the challenges of college admissions, the scholarship and financial aid application process and entrance into a competitive job market.
I am privileged to be working alongside the students, parents, teachers and staff at ISS as school counselor. My role is an exciting one and over the years it has taught me to listen and to encourage those that need help to take the lead. In counseling, it is not success or a solution that is the main emphasis but to focus on the person so that whoever seeks help may find a way out of their present dilemma. At times, it has not been so easy applying the ‘Person-Centered’ approach but more often than not it has worked brilliantly. This ultimately leads to an action response on their part, which in essence aids them to sort out their own dilemma.
My goal as a counselor is to walk and work through issues with whoever comes for counseling. Furthermore, to realize my limitations and be ready to refer certain cases on, so as to ensure additional sources of support where appropriate.
ISS High School Counseling Program Provides:
· Academic skills support
· Organizational, study and test-taking skills
· Postsecondary planning and application process
· Career planning
· Education in understanding self and others
· Coping strategies
· Peer relationships and effective social skills
· Communication, problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution and study skills
· Career awareness and the world of work
· Substance abuse education
· Multicultural/diversity awareness
Individual Student Planning
· Goal setting
· Academic plans
· Career plans
· Problem solving
· Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
· Transition plans
· Individual and small-group counseling
· Individual/family/school crisis intervention
· Peer facilitation
· Professional development
· Consultation, collaboration and teaming
· Work Experience, Job shadowing, worked-based learning, part-time jobs, etc. for Year 10 and Year 11 ACT students
· Crisis interventions
· Career education/guidance
· Academic support interventions
· Behavioral management plans
· Peer Mentoring
· Peer mediation