At The American School of Palestine, we believe that students’ emotional and social wellbeing are equal in importance to their academic learning and intellectual growth. In fact, our experience has shown that emotionally and socially well adjusted students are more likely to succeed academically and flourish intellectually in school life and beyond. For this reason, we take great interest and care in providing an environment that promotes the overall welfare of each and every student. This is the philosophy that guides the work of the School’s entire educational team – founders, management, administration, teachers, and support staff.
The ASP School Counsellor serves a vital role in promoting our vision of student welfare. She is responsible for developing, implementing, overseeing, and evaluating programs designed to enhance students’ personal, social, and educational experience. In coordination with management and teachers, students’ developmental needs are addressed through prevention and intervention programs that are part of a comprehensive school counseling agenda. Services are delivered through individual or group counseling, consultation with school stakeholders, referrals to community resources, peer helping, and information. To ensure representation of student welfare and interests, the School Counselor participates in various School committees and groups, such as the Parent-Teacher Association and School Disciplinary Board.
In addition to serving students’ needs, the School Counsellor is a valuable source of support for management, teachers, and parents in our joint efforts to raise student achievement. She works closely with teachers to develop, conduct, monitor, and assess individualized student improvement plans and personal goals. Similarly, she provides consultation to parents/guardians on the best ways to address students’ behavioural or academic issues. ASP encourages parents/guardians to take an active role in the treatment of persistent problems faced by their child. Data collected on intervention and prevention results are used by management to optimize the suitability and effectiveness of School policies.
Most importantly, at ASP we realize that a successful school counselling experience is based on the level of safety and security provided by the School Counsellor. For this reason, we believe that confidentiality is the foundation of this relationship. Accordingly, the School Counsellor is ethically bound to maintain the privacy of information given to her in her professional capacity by any party.