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International School Suva

World Class Citizens ~ Life Long Learners

Counseling Services

Counseling in the Middle School

Young people of today live in a fast paced exciting time, with a more diverse and mobile society, new technologies and growing opportunities. To ensure that they are ready to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders and citizens, students need support, guidance and opportunities. Adolescents face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement.

Middle school is an exciting, yet challenging time for students, their parents and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.

School Counselor, Fenella David

I am Fenella David and am privileged to be working alongside the students, parents, teachers and staff at ISS as school counselor.  My role is an exciting one and over the years it has taught me to listen and to encourage those that need help to take the lead. In counseling, it is not success or a solution that is the main emphasis but to focus on the person so that whoever seeks help may find a way out of their present dilemma. At times, it has not been so easy applying the ‘Person-Centered’ approach but more often than not it has worked brilliantly. This ultimately leads to an action response on their part, which in essence aids them to sort out their own dilemma.

My goal as a counselor is to walk and work through issues with whoever comes for counseling. Furthermore, to realize my limitations and be ready to refer certain cases on, so as to ensure additional sources of support where appropriate.  

ISS Middle School Counseling Program Provides:

Classroom Guidance

·         Academic skills support

·         Organizational, study and test-taking skills

·         Education in understanding self and others

·         Coping strategies

·         Peer relationships and effective social skills

·         Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution

·         Career awareness, exploration and planning

·         Substance abuse education

·         Multicultural/diversity awareness

Individual Student Planning

·         Goal-setting/decision- making

·         Academic planning

·         Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses

·         Transition planning

Responsive Services

·         Individual and small group counseling

·         Individual/family/school crisis intervention

·         Peer facilitation

·         Referrals

·         System Support

·         Consultation, collaboration and teaming

·         Parent information night

·         Assistance with students’ academic plans

·         At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success

·         Parent communication/education

·         Behavioral management plans

·         Student assistance team building

·         Peer support

·         Academic support

·         School climate

·         Leadership development