The overall aim of the Secondary MYP School Counseling Program at IICS is to promote and enhance the development of the whole student. The program blends the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA’s) National Model, (which is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design, and developmental in nature,) with the International Model for School Counseling, which was developed in 2011.
The school counseling program supports the academic mission of IICS by promoting and enhancing the learning process for all students through the integration of the School Counseling National Standards as defined by ASCA: Academic, career, and personal/social development, as well as the International Content Standards, (which include a Global Perspective Domain relating to Intercultural Competence, Cross-cultural Identity, and Global Transition).
The emphasis is for all students to realize academic, personal, social, and emotional success during their time at IICS. The Guidance Department aims to foster healthy self-esteem and self-awareness, as well as a sense of responsibility to self and others. The goal is that as a result of education at IICS, students will not only have a firm foundation in knowledge and theory, but they will also have learned the importance of being active, life-long learners, and respectful, compassionate citizens of the world.
School Counselors manage and deliver a program for all students. This program includes:
• Delivering classroom lessons in areas such as study skills, time management, self-esteem, goals setting, understanding diversity, sexual and drug education, careers, etc.
• Providing support to parents and families in transition
• Crisis intervention and response
• Facilitating conflict resolution
• Counseling students individually and/or in groups
• Advocating for the academic achievement of all students
• Supporting classroom teachers in classroom management
• Supporting teachers and families in understanding and addressing difficult behavior
• Individual student academic program planning
• Interpreting student records, including cognitive, aptitude, and achievement tests
• Counseling students who are frequently tardy or absent
• Counseling students with disciplinary problems for follow-up
• Assisting the school vice-principal and principal with identifying and resolving student issues and needs
• Advocating for students at IEP/student support meetings
• Addressing the needs of all students through prevention and intervention
The preventative component of the program includes the delivery of Guidance Lessons.
A range of topics are covered such as: Self-Esteem, Digital Lives, Peer Pressure & Refusal Skills, Sexual Education, Drugs, Career Planning, the Brain, Resiliency, Keys to Happiness, Bullying, etc.