Personal Counseling

Why School Counseling?

 

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Professional school counselors are certified professionals with a masters degree or higher in school counseling or the equivalent, and are uniquely qualified to address the individual needs of all students. Professional school counselors work towards delivering a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes maximum student achievement through the academic, personal, and social development of all students. Their work is differentiated by attention to developmental stages of student growth, including the needs, tasks and student interests related to those stages. At Sacred Heart, the Personal Counselors and the University Counselor work in partnership to support Sacred Heart students in their college and career paths.

Systemic and Holistic Approach

At Sacred Heart, our counselors work together with students, parents, faculty, staff and outside community resources to provide a comprehensive counseling approach in the following areas:

  • Individual counseling, check-ins, and lunch bunches:  Students in grades K-12 can meet with the counselors regarding adjustment, worries or feelings of anxiety, friendships or conflicts, identity issues, academic and career planning, personal goals, family crises, or to process any life events or feelings they are having.
  • Personal Education: The counselors teach the High School Personal Education classes to all students in grades 9-10.  Personal Education classes focus on social-emotional learning and personal growth.  Topics include: 
    • safety and protective behaviors
    • mental health awareness 
    • gossip and rumors
    • social media and cyber civics
    • failure and success
    • mindfulness
    • stress management
    • body image and self-esteem
    • consent and sexual health
    • gender and sexuality
  • Curriculum support: The counselors plan and deliver lessons in the Junior school in various social-emotional topics.  They also supervise the Toolbox initiative that provides structure and opportunity for students to practice skills in emotional regulation, communication, and mindset. The 12 tools are: 
    • Use Our Words Tool
    • Patience Tool
    • Courage Tool
    • Garbage Can Tool (let the little things go)
    • Breathing Tool
    • Quiet Safe Place Tool
    • Please and Thank You Tool
    • Apology and Forgiveness Tool
    • Taking Time Tool 
    • Empathy Tool
    • Listening Tool
    • Personal Space Tool
  • Responsive Services: Responsive services are measures that meet  students' immediate and future needs. These needs can be necessitated by events and conditions in students' lives and may require any of the following:
    • Individual or small group counseling or crisis counseling
    • Consultation with parents, teachers, and other educators
    • Referrals to community resources and/or practitioners 

Communication and Parent Support

Together with parents and families, we strive to create a kind, caring and safe school environment for our students. We consider strong partnerships with parents, guardians, and families to be key to student success and helping students to feel part of a safe and supportive learning community. Parents are encouraged to contact the School Counselor directly with concerns or questions regarding their child's personal/social or academic needs. 

The school does not automatically contact parents of students who see the School Counselor as confidentiality is an important part of the service for many students. However, we do contact parents if students would benefit from longer-term counseling, which is not offered in school, and also of course, if there is any question of the student’s safety.

The counseling department now operates on a full time basis Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm, during term time.  There are currently three school counselors working on different days of the week.  They are all clinically trained therapists and bring sound counseling expertise from their diverse backgrounds and differing experiences. If you are interested in talking to one of them,  please try to book an appointment in advance as they cannot always guarantee availability on any given day: 

Monday,  Wednesday:  Counselor on duty is Dr. Nao Fujita: nao.fujita@issh.ac.jp
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: Counselor on duty is Ms. Josephine Creighton: josephine.creighton@issh.ac.jp

Please check out the counselors profiles below:

About Ms Josephine Creighton

Hello, my name is Josephine Creighton!

I am a British counselor, trained in Australia. I have a bachelor’s degree in (BSc) Social Psychology from Loughborough University (England) and a Masters of Counseling from Monash University (Australia).

I have grown up moving all over the world (including London, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore and now Tokyo), so I can empathise the emotions that come with living in a foreign country. I also attended international schools, so I understand the difficulties and unique experiences of this journey.

I’m really looking forward to working with the students of ISSH and helping build a safe and comfortable school environment. When working with students and younger clients, I find it’s really important to teach emotional intelligence. This helps the students more easily recognise and discuss how they are feeling, and this is a skill which they can use throughout their lives. In addition, I will help students come up with healthy coping techniques and make sure that they are leading happy lives within and outside of school. 

I hope to be a helpful, empathetic and trustful school counselor. I will be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.