Guidance and University Counseling

SSIS has a two full-time University Guidance Counselors and two full-time High School Counselors that support students in the academic, social-emotional growth and university planning. They offer support services for students and families as they manage issues of studying and living in an international environment. The goal is to promote personal well-being, healthy relationships and the successful balance of academic, extracurricular and community involvement for SSIS students.

Philosophy

The philosophy of our guidance and university counseling program is based on the belief that each student is a unique individual with specific needs and talents. We believe in promoting a respect for human dignity and fostering that concept among students, staff and parents within our educational community. As stated in our school core values, we recognize the importance of supporting the positive growth of the individual in the areas of academics, social/ emotional issues, and future career planning. We believe that the guidance program plays a key role in coordinating and facilitating programs that attempt to meet these needs.

Support Services

This includes counseling and guidance presentations/activities to meet the needs and concerns of the students, parents and staff. Short-term individual or group counseling ranges from problem solving issues to crisis counseling. Students may be required by the school to seek outside professional assistance should the need for counseling be ongoing or of a nature beyond the services appropriate to be addressed in school. Consultation with parents, staff and other professionals is provided to explore available alternatives, especially when student needs exceed the scope of counseling services provided by the school. A current list of referral resources is available for specific needs. Because effective counseling is built upon trust between the student and counselor, the counselors are considerate of issues of confidentiality when working with students and their families.
Typical issues may involve:

  • Academic guidance
  • University guidance
  • Social relationships
  • Emotional regulation
  • Time management
  • Academic planning and decision making
  • Problem solving and life skills development
  • Crisis intervention
  • Adjustment to a new school and environment

Individual Conferences

To access services, students and parents may contact their child's counselor directly, or a teacher, principal or other faculty/staff member can refer students.

System Support

Throughout the school year there are activities, presentations and services for students that give support to the Guidance and Counseling Program goals. Peer tutoring, orientations, staff development, parent conferences, special services, and student activities are just some of the system support services provided.

Student Learning

High School Counseling Office

Kelly Braun

Director of High School Counseling and University Guidance
MA, Northwest Nazarene University
BA, The College of Idaho

Julia Bui

HS Counselor
M.Ed., University of Maryland
BA, California State University, Long Beach
AA, Orange Coast College

Sam Jeong

University Counselor
BA, Williams College

Chris Polley

HS Counselor
MA, Long Island University
MA, State University of New York
BA, College of Charleston