School counseling service is available for students to help themselves to enjoy their school lives. We believe it is better to build strong children than repair adults. Counselling is designed to facilitate student achievement, improve student behavior, and help students to develop socially. Our schools has full-time counselor on staff in order to support students who are experiencing personal or academic challenges , help students choose careers and intervene when students face behavioral, physical, or mental health challenges.
Mission Statement The mission of the The Oxford school Counselling program is to ensure that all students are encouraged and motivated to reach their full potential by providing a comprehensive school counselling program that values the individuality of each student and nurtures his/her educational, academic, career, personal and social needs.
School counselor use many different mediums to work with students in individual sessions. In individual sessions, students may draw, write, sing, play, or just talk. Sometimes we work on learning a specific skill such as deep breathing for anxiety. Other times we work on role-playing situations, such as a problem with a friend or having a difficult conversation.
When there are multiple students experiencing similar problem or issue, it can be helpful for them to be in a counselling group together. Group counselling helps students build relationships and feel that they are not alone in their experiences.
Further, counselors often help students:
- Maintain academic standards and set goals for academic success.
- Develop skills to improve organization, study habits, and time management.
- Work through personal problems that may affect academics or relationships.
- Improve social skills.
- Cope with school or community-related violence, accidents, and trauma
- Identify interests, strengths, and aptitudes through assessment.
All counselling related records are kept in a secure and private location. Access is granted to the Principal and Counselor. Each case referred to the counselor is recorded and treated with confidentiality. Counselling records are kept separately from school records unless noted otherwise by school policy.
If students require additional support outside the resources available at the school, they are referred to external resources such as psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors etc. following the consent of parents. The school counselor assists in the process of transitioning to ensure the student undergoes minimal interruption of services.