Theoretical Foundations for Fostering Resiliency in Schools

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 in Featured Content, Reflections on Counseling

Adolescents who experience change and transition can be significantly impacted on personal, social, and psychological levels. Resilience refers to a set of circumstances that result in “good outcomes in spite of serious threats to adaptation or development” (Masten, 2001, p. 228). Multiple resiliency models are considered in this paper with the aim of clarifying what […]

Connecting the Learning Community

Posted on Oct 7, 2011 in Featured Content, Reflections on Counseling

Early reflections from a tech savvy counselor in a school that just went 1:1 My community at YIS has almost finished our second full week since the start of school and the beginning of our 1:1 laptop program in the secondary division that we call the CLC (Connected Learning Community). This is something I have […]

Feedback Process Model

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 in Featured Content, Reflections on Counseling

As we move forward with the administrative feedback discussion group  we will want to be clear on the steps of the project and where we are on the path toward completion. This draft model should provide a useful starting place as we consider the steps we should take. It is very much a work in […]

Global Perspective Domain of the International Model for School Counselors

Posted on May 17, 2011 in Featured Content, Reflections on Counseling

In 2008, Cheryl Brown and Brooke Fezler began a journey to create an International Model for School Counseling in close collaboration with Dr. Judy Bowers, co-author of the ASCA model, and ASCA (Brown, & Fezler, 2010). Perhaps like many counseling teams, at Yokohama International School (Y.I.S.) we adapt the ASCA model to work for our […]

Process Work, Trauma, and Levels of Reality

Posted on May 11, 2011 in Featured Content, Reflections on Counseling

Golden week is just over in Japan. It is the first long national holiday since the earthquake and tens of thousands of volunteers have made their way north to assist with the clean-up following the tsunami. A number of my friends have been there cleaning out homes, preparing food for survivors or, in the case […]

Identify a Stress Reduction Pathway

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 in Reflections on Counseling

The March 11th earthquake sparked an exodus of foreigners and Japanese from the central (Kanto) and northern (Tohoku) regions of Japan. Our school resumed classes following our normally scheduled spring break with approximately 80% of our students and 97% of faculty back on campus. Part of these high percentages were due to timing. We were […]

5 Ways to Restore a Sense of Calm

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 in Reflections on Counseling

The partial meltdown of the powerplant in Fukushima loomed heavily over the  Tohoku and Kanto regions for weeks following the natural disasters that precipitated it. It still simmers like a forgotten kettle but there has been time to become better informed about radiation, to slowly begin to come to terms with the victims of the […]

Stress and Coping as a Balance

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 in Reflections on Counseling

The past five weeks have placed unusual demands on us as a community and individuals. While earthquakes are a known part of life in Japan, the intensity of the earthquake on March 11th, sustained aftershocks, unprecedented damage of the tsunami in the Tohoku region, and ongoing concern with the nuclear power plant in Fukushima have […]

A School Moving Forward in Japan

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 in Reflections on Counseling

It seems almost impossible that journey we have been since the earthquake and tsunami is only 2 and half weeks long. So much has happened and continues to happen that for many it may feel like a lot longer story. Following the earthquake, the loss of electricity, the stopped train lines, the traffic jams, and […]

Managing Stress in School Communities During Nuclear Reactor Meltdown Threat

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 in Reflections on Counseling

One of the biggest concerns for our community is the sustained stress of the nuclear reactor and continued aftershocks and tremors. Psychologically I think this is more akin to a hostage situation, mining entrapment, or a volcanic eruption where the threat is constant and the stress unabating. Key in our management of this will be […]