Our new school counselor, Miss. Reema Ambre has completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology. She has attended trainings/workshops on Basic skills in Counseling and Using Play Therapy. She has experience working with children as well as their parents from the underprivileged section (low economic strata, HIV infected/affected individuals, differently able, commercial sex workers (CSW) etc.) of the society. Her goal as a counselor is to assist students in overcoming barriers that may prevent students from achieving the holistic development that we always strive for at S.B. Patil Public School.
Counseling is an interactive process characterized by a unique relationship between counselor and client (student) that leads to change in the client’s behavior, beliefs and values; and level of emotional distress. Counseling is concerned with the individual, and his or her personal, vocational, social and educational needs. It is a continuous process. Counseling is viewed as a team effort which consists of counselor, administrators, teachers, support staff, parents and students. School counselors help students thrive academically, personally and socially, and assist them in exploring their options.
During the academic year, a student may be asked to meet with his/her counselor for a variety of reasons including but not limited to the following:
- Academic progress/difficulties
- Social and peer issues
- Conflict resolution
- Career counseling
Counselors help in the following ways:
- Academic support
- Parental counseling and support
- Individual counseling
The goals of Counseling are that
- Changes must occur (Overt behavior, better decision making, coping skills etc),
- Free and Responsible Behavior (clients assessing freedom and consequences of their action)
- Understand and Manage Negative feelings.
Counseling has a set of stages. Initially, Counselor and the client (Student) must establish contact, build rapport, define together ‘where the client is’ in his/her life and clarifies the client’s current difficulties. If successful, the client commits to using counseling as a tool for personal growth. Then following it with conversations and other techniques, counselor is able to understand the student’s needs and wishes and they mutually come to an acceptable diagnosis of the issue. Finally, they agree on goals that the student needs to start working on and try to accomplish them. This sequence sometimes may be accomplished in a single session and sometimes may take months depending upon the situation.
Sometimes there's a myth that counselors do therapy in schools and that's not it. School counselors are trained to be the front line in terms of assessing what the issues are in a child's life but if they feel something more in-depth is going on they'll refer the student to a therapist. Please note that the conversation is confidential – unless the student divulges something that relates to his or her safety.
Remember, every effort is made to meet as often as possible with each student and be accessible to them at all times. Parents and guardians are also welcome to meet with the counselor via appointment to discuss any concerns they may have.
She looks forward to the new school year, as well as to meeting all of you. If at any time you have a question, please do not hesitate to contact her and she’ll be glad to help.