At ICS, we have based our program on the International model for Comprehensive School Counselling Programs (CSCP) which is a framework for school counselling programs around the world. It is designed to reflect a comprehensive approach to program foundation, delivery, management and accountability. It is principally intended to promote and enhance the development of the whole school; from both students and staff members. The program is designed to ensure that every student receives the maximum benefits of the model by having the majority of a school counsellor’s time spent in direct service to students and staff.

School Counselling

Role of School Counsellors  

 

School counsellors at ICS have a minimum of a Master’s degree in school counselling or an equivalent degree, meet the state certification/licensure standards and abide by the laws of the countries/states in which they are employed. They uphold the ethical and professional standards of BACP, ACA, and/or ASCA and other applicable professional counselling associations. At ICS, our counsellors are also supported by a Counselling Assistant and a Behaviour and Attitudes Support Assistant, making a four-strong team focused solely on the wellbeing of your child.

The Professional School Counsellor

  • Serves a crucial role in maximizing student achievement as well as personal/social and career development

  • Incorporates leadership, advocacy and collaboration in the educational setting

  • Promotes equity and access to opportunities and educational experience to promote achievement and development by collaborating with other stakeholders

  • Provides a safe learning environment and safeguards the human rights of all school members

  • Addresses the needs of all students through prevention and intervention programs

  • Works to ensure all students’ dignity and culture (including: race, ethnicity, gender, abilities, sexual orientation, home language, religion, socio-economic status) are respected and valued

  • Helps to create a welcoming, inclusive school climate

  • Develops core competencies to address the unique cultural needs of the students (i.e. promoting inclusive language and cultural recognition, becoming knowledgeable with respect to cultural bias, etc.)

Christine Shepherd 

Head of Counselling

  • USA Qualified

  • Master’s of Science in Counselling Studies

  • Certified Trauma Practitioner--Clinical

  • Post Master’s Certificate in School Counselling

  • Post Master’s Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counselling

  • Certified Professional School Counsellor in the State of Indiana (USA)

  • Certified Mental Health Counsellor Associate in Indiana (USA)

  • EMDR Levels 1 & 2 Trained

Sarah Elliott

Primary Counsellor

  • UK Qualified

  • Master’s of Arts in Practice Based Play Therapy

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy

  • NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care (children and young people)

Chloe Nicols

Secondary Counsellor

  • UK Qualified

  • Master's of Science in Counselling Children and Young People

  • Individual member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology 

  • Mental Health First Aid trained (MHFA England)

Karen Hopkins

Counselling Assistant

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