The school counselling programme at SJI International is an integral part of the school's support system. Our school counsellors work collaboratively with all school staff to support the social-emotional development of all our students. Our school counsellors provide comprehensive preventative and responsive services to support our student's mental and emotional well-being. We believe in the old adage - it takes a village to raise a child, and our school counsellors work alongside parents and families to support the well-being of students and their families.
School counsellors at SJI International provide individual counselling and family consultations and facilitate student and parent workshops. School counsellors also provide consultation and training for teachers and parents on pertinent mental health issues and skills for first-line intervention and support. We also work closely with relevant external professionals and community agencies to support our student's mental health and emotional well-being.
Our team is made up of four highly qualified counsellors who advocate and care for all students. Our counsellors are trained in a diverse range of therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behaviour therapy, experiential-existential therapy, art therapy and mindfulness. Our counsellors are flexible and tailor the interventions according to each student’s unique needs. The counselling team is trained and equipped to address personal and interpersonal issues like:
- academic stress
- behavioural issues such as difficulties in eating or sleeping, device dependency and/ or unhelpful or unhealthy online and social media habits, school refusal, social isolation and/ or withdrawal and worrying uncharacteristic behaviour at home or in school
- emotional difficulties such as anger, frustration, irritability, low mood, sadness, stress and worry
- friendship and relationship challenges and bullying behaviour
- family dynamics and difficulties at home
- self-harm behaviour and suicidal ideation and behaviour
- transition difficulties
- safeguarding concerns