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.
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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.)