The International Children's Academy believes strongly in providing our students with a holistic educational and socio-emotional experience. The school retains a counselor who is available to meet
the needs of students and classrooms in a supportive and impactful way.
Based on the national model from the American School Counseling Association, the mission of International Children’s Academy Counseling Program is to maximize every student’s social, academic and career development potential in order to become responsible citizens and lifelong learners. These skills will help them to successfully participate in a global and domestic society.
Education’s purpose is to provide opportunities and experiences for children to reach their maximum potential. The International Children’s Academy Counseling Program recognizes the individuality and uniqueness of each student and their acceptance, self-development, self-fulfillment and self-direction. Each student has a responsibility to accept the consequence of their decision-making process.
The counseling program examines the Whole Child and nurtures a learning environment that includes all stake holders (student, parents, administrators, faculty, staff and community). This is achieved through specific techniques that are consistent with Kabbalah’s spiritual concepts, the International Baccalaureate philosophy and community expectations. It is the counselor’s role to provide the social and emotional growth and support to students and to help them develop a positive relationship with oneself and others.
What is a School Counselor?
Children, during their elementary age years, are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family. As a school counselor, I am an educator trained in school counseling, and I provide education, prevention and intervention services. It is crucial to have early identification and intervention. The goal at the International Children’s Academy is to develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive school counseling program designed to meet the needs of all students.
- Individual Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Classroom Guidance Lessons
How can a student see the counselor?
- Student self-referral
- Staff referral
- Parent referral
The rules of confidentiality for counselors are very different from those of teachers. Confidentiality is important to maintain a trusting relationship with students. Students are told that what they tell our counselor Ms. Katchen, stays with Ms. Katchen, unless it violates the 3 rules: 1) You are going to harm yourself 2) You are going to harm others 3) Someone is going to harm you (These rules are posted in the counseling office). Only then will Ms. Katchen tell someone to make sure the child is safe and healthy.
Information is never disclosed to other staff members, parents, or students unless permission is granted. If a student discloses information deemed crucial to a child's safety or well-being, the student is informed that his/her parents must be notified.
- Growth vs. Fixed Mindset
- Goal Setting