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WARMTH, RESPONSIVENESS, & UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD
Carl Rogers (1942)
Welcome to St John’s Academy Counseling Webpage
Do you find yourself in a difficult situation? Do you have a feeling of being overwhelmed? Are you stuck, confused, or lost? Maybe you're not able to handle with your academics, behavioural, social, emotional and mental challenges, you seem to be on the verge of losing hope, wondering if things will always be this way.
Then, I the School Counselor at St John’s Academy am here to assist you. During the school day, our door is always open for students who have questions or concerns regarding the concerns. I offer a safe comfortable confidential environment where you can explore the issues that are disturbing you. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.
By filling the Google form, you’ve already taken a courageous first step. Simply being on this page is a glimmer of hope; that someone will sit with you and listen to you in complete confidence and without prejudice.
“A professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.”
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
Counseling is an opportunity to listen and respond in a way that facilitates others in resolving problems and attaining their full potential. It is the art of helping others in achieving the conclusive decision based on their own analysis of the situation and facts. It must be done deftly and without attempting to sway the respondent values and beliefs. Counseling is frequently sought during times of change or crisis, but it is not always necessary, as counselling can assist us at any point in our lives.
The relevance of school as a home for children's development cannot be overstated. It is a place where children spend a lot of their waking hours. As a result, it's critical to provide a conducive environment that promotes children's overall growth. The goal of school is for every student to become competent.
The school Counselor provide a comprehensive school counseling program that attends to the academics, Personal - Social, emotional, behavioural and Career Post-Secondary and enabling students to become productive members of the community, equipped to deal with the challenges of the 21st century. Counselor at the school Collaborate with all stakeholders to identify and address problems as soon as possible.
GOALS OF A SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM
· School Counseling program helps to address problematic situations; so that children can live more fulfilled lives.
· Students face a myriad of challenges. If a student has a problem with a teacher, the school counsellor can speak with the teacher or act as a mediator to help the student resolve the issue.
· School Counselling program are designed to assist children in developing self-awareness and adjusting emotionally, socially, and psychologically.
· School counseling program addresses mental health via school-wide lessons or individual counseling sessions.
In essence, a school counselling programme seeks to improve student's academic performance and social skills by addressing these goals.
Students Useful Links:
- Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) – Mental Health Issues – ‘KIRAN’ – 1800-599-0019 https://disabilityaffairs.gov.in/content/
- State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) - Youth helpline numbers 180011688 and 10580 https://scertdelhi.nic.in/wps/wcm/connect/doit_scert/Scert+Delhi/Home/
· Child line – 1098 (www.childlineindia.org)
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a school counselor's main focus?
The school counselor's principal mission is to support students in being ready to learn. Academic improvement, personal/social development, and career awareness and exploration are all areas where we emphasise. We work with all students, whether one-on-one, in small groups, or as a class.
- When should I contact with my child's school counsellor?
With questions or concerns about issues such as Family changes, social difficulties, and mental health issues that may be hindering your child's academic success, contact your child's school counsellor.
- Are mental health diagnoses made by school Counselor?
Mental health diagnoses are not made by school Counselor. We do, however, develop a portrait of the student in the school setting based on direct observation, feedback from parents, teachers, and other staff, and data from the student. The counsellor, in collaboration with the teachers, uses this knowledge to generate strategies to help the student be more academically successful.
- Is Counselor keen to support students who are grieving or have experienced trauma?
Definitely. Counselors are concerned about children as individuals, as well as their ability to study and excel in the classroom. The brain's readiness to learn is hampered by grief and tragedy. We'll engage with students to help them process their loss, and we'll provide assistance for families in form of counseling if the nature of the grieving necessitates it.
- What role does the Counselor have in bullying prevention and reduction?
School counsellors educate children about bullying prevention measures, role identification in bullying situations, and provide concrete solutions through classroom lessons and/or assemblies. We also work with students in small groups or one-on-one to make them realize their roles in a scenario and discover more constructive ways to interact with others.
- In what ways do counsellors encourage and support students in achieving academic success?
School counsellors collaborate with academic teams of teachers to assess children' development and develop methods to help them succeed in school. We meet with students to help them improve their study abilities, complete their homework, and develop organisational tactics. During team meetings, school counsellors act as advocates for children.
* 75% CHILDREN BEEN THE TARGET OF BULLYING AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES, AND 44% REPORT HAVING EXPERIENCED IT RECENTLY.
Bullying tactics change regularly as the world changes. Bullying is now prevalent online, where it was previously confined to communities, school, and institutions. Bullies today harass their victims by engaging in cyberbullying on gaming and social media platforms. In attempt to harass, abuse, or stalk someone on social media platforms, the offender uses smartphones, laptops, computers, consoles, or any other device that can connect to an internet service.
Online abuse can be carried out through a multitude of platforms, including SMS, multiple apps (such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tik Tok), and online forums, chat rooms, and message boards, such as Reddit. It encompasses spreading, disseminating, or publishing insulting, vile, intimate, or cruel information about another person that could put them in an awkward or humiliating situation.
As the digital world is progressing, cyberbullying will become more widespread. Without a thorough grasp of cyberbullying and all of its forms, we cannot safeguard ourselves or the next generations from the severe damage it does. Let’s go through its types one by one:
Cyberstalking is the term that refers to the online harassment and stalking of another individual using the internet and other technologies. It can take the shape of e-mails, SMS messages, social media posts, and more and is frequently systematic, purposeful, and continuous. In India, to deal with cyberstalking, the following laws are available:
i. Section 67 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (Imprisonment up to three years and a fine).
ii. Section 67A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (The punishment includes imprisonment of up to five years and a fine of up to five lakhs rupees).
iii. Section 354D of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
Fraping is when an individual logs into your social networking account and posts inappropriate content using your identity in an attempt to misrepresent you harming the victim’s reputation.
Gaining a victim's trust through deception allows the cyberbully to get them to reveal hidden information or embarrassing details, which is then posted online for all to see. Before betraying the victim's trust, the offender poses as a close friend and confidant and offers them a false sense of security.
Exclusion is the purposeful omission of someone. Bullying victims frequently realize that they are purposefully left out of conversations with individuals they know. Psychological harm could befall the victim.
Outing is often referred to as doxing. It primarily entails revealing private or sensitive information about the victim to a third party without their consent and is done exclusively for the purpose of humiliating or embarrassing the targeted person.
COPING WITH CYBERBULLYING
i. Do not respond if someone says something negative about you because that will only worsen the situation, moreover it is the commenter who needs to change.
ii. Stop reading negative remarks repeatedly as they'll frustrate you. If you report the offender, he might be suspended or banned.
iii. You need to step away from technology and indulge in something.
iv. Enhance your online privacy to keep your mind at ease.
STOP ONLINE BULLYING
There is no sure-fire strategy to safeguard you and your dependencies from cyberbullying, but there are certain things you can do to lessen its effects:
i. Secure your internet accounts and portable devices with passwords.
ii. Use passwords to protect your online accounts and mobile devices.
iii. Instil the importance of keeping private information to themselves, even with their closest friends.
iv. Don't post personal data on social media, such as your email, mobile number, or home address.
v. Consider about potential consequences before posting anything.
CYBER BULLYING IS BULLING. HIDING BEHIND A PRETTY SCREEN DOESN’T MAKE IT LESS HATEFUL. WRITTEN WORDS HAVE POWER.
Stop Cyber bullying!!!
1. McAfee Cyberbullying Report, published at https://www.business-standard.com dated August 8, 2022.