Counseling - Middle School
Middle and High School
Middle and high School is a time for student growth, discovery and independence. As the School counselor it is a privilege to help guide the students and parents at KBS through the challenges that may arise during the coming year. When students proceed to Middle School from Elementary School, quick changes in their environment occur, which may cause different behavioral and socio-emotional problems.
A second transition will happen by the end of Grade 8, when the students will move to the High School where many new concepts will be introduced to them. My goal as a counselor is to help these students in adapting to their new environment, perform to the best of their ability on all levels, including dealing with socio-emotional issues, building a healthy relationship with continued learning, the development of values, character strength, healthy decision making and preparation for their transition to the High School.
Qualifications and Professional Development
Bachelor of Counselling and Mental Health 2012 from the University of Jordan, Amman.
Certificate in PYP, Queen Rania Teacher’s Academy, 2014, Amman
Higher Diploma Counselling Skills and Special Educational Needs 2016, The American University of Kuwait,
Specialist Diploma, Exercise the Mind to Treat ADHD 2108, The Kuwait Association for Learning Difficulties
Safeguarding and Child Protection Certificate 2019
Drug Prevention Certificate 2019 The General Administration of Narcotics Control in Kuwait.
Middle and high School Counseling Office
The Middle School Counseling Office works with 6th-8th grade. The counselor works with the school community to help create a safe and positive environment for all students, where counselors help prepare students social/emotionally, academically, and for life beyond school, to help new students settle into the school community through a monitoring friendship, check.
During the year the school counselor may respond to the needs of students through a small group approach. Bringing students with similar needs together in small groups is another way we help our students with social/emotional skills, study skills, friendship groups or other areas of concern that may arise.
The school counselor responds to referrals from students, parents, teachers, and administrators in order to address concerns during the school year. The counselor may work with a referred student individually on an ongoing basis, with a goal or concern throughout the school year. Confidentiality is assured to our students unless the student is at risk of any harm to themselves and others or if others are causing harm to the
How Counselors Support Students:
High School counselors provide planned, short-term and goal-focused counseling in individual or small group counseling to support students with these challenges.
School counselors do not provide therapy or long-term counseling in schools; however, school counselors are prepared to recognize and respond to student mental health needs and to assist students and families seeking resources.
High School Counselors provide referrals to support for students and families to school or community resources for additional assistance and information
Middle and High school counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set informed career goals and realize their full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community
Middle and High school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic, career and social/emotional development.
Middle and High School Counselors assist students in evaluating interests, abilities, skills and achievement and advisement assist students in goal
The five universal values that best express what I strive to impart to our students are:
Tolerance is a beginning, but it is not sufficient. What we hope to instill in our students is an empathetic understanding of one another and a sense of respect that traverses all student relationships, be it between each other, towards their teachers and families or with regard to the community as a whole.
Love of Learning
We do not want our students to perceive their education as simply utilitarian – one that is a mere instrument for their future success. Instead, we hope to foster in them a genuine love of learning for its own sake and a desire to acquire knowledge in and for itself.
Students will learn that they are stewards of what they receive and that it is their responsibility to pass on this stewardship to others, such as younger students and the community as a whole.
By extension, students at KBS will have a lifelong responsibility to use their education to help and enhance possibilities for others. A belief in, and commitment to social service as well as a striving for social justice for others less fortunate, will form an essential part of the ethos of the school.
An Integrated Life
We do not aim to teach students what to think but rather how to think. Students’ belief systems are a personal matter between their families and themselves. Whatever our students’ beliefs, KBS stresses that balance is critical to human well-being. What we at KBS strive to teach our students is how to integrate all aspects of their lives – academic, social, spiritual and physical – in the context of a school environment, in which we learn not only about the world but about ourselves.
The student body will strive to be diverse geographically, economically, ethnically and religiously and we aim to raise in our students an awareness of different peoples. As a counselor I impart to them universal values, applicable to all cultures and at the same time encourage their unique sense of belonging to their country.
“Students coming to KBS really benefit from the Middle School approach, and are better prepared for Upper School, having really digested the ability to responsibility and think deeply.”
KBS Middle and high School Counseling Referral Process
A parent referral form can be found on the school website under Middle School - School Counseling Office. The parent referral form is to be filled out by students and parents in order for counselors to address their concern(s) unless the student is in crisis and needs immediate assistance.
Middle and high School Counselors are responsible for addressing and supporting the following student concerns:-
● Peer relationship concerns
● Family concerns
● Personal concerns
● Child safety concerns
● Transition (6th graders and new students)
● Motivational concerns
● Test anxiety
● Mental health (sadness/ depression, stress/ anxiety, and isolation)
● Study skills planning
● Testing strategies
● Educational planning and goal setting
How can I make an Appointment with the School Counselor?
Come into my office-Second Floor – Room 224
Tel: (965) 24581119/ (965) 24581118/ (965) 24580111
Ext: Counselor: (210), Middle School Secretary: (205)
High School Secretary: (127)
WhatsApp and Calling: (+965) 98844903
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
I am here to serve YOU!