the mission of the MTIS Counseling Department is to promote a positive attitude towards oneself, the school and learning, and one’s family and community, being thus an application of the school mission and vision within the context of psychological well-being.
Directions and Aims
The mission of the Counseling Department at Mark Twain International School is to promote a positive attitude towards oneself, the school and learning, and one’s family and community, being thus an application of the school mission and vision within the context of psychological well-being. The activity of the Junior and Senior Campus school counselors includes several vital aspects:
counseling students and their families who face difficulties in their lives, as well as offering support to students and families in order to meet the standards and requirements of MTIS;
career counseling to help students choose the right university and to ensure an efficient adaptation to the work market;
supporting and integrating SEN students into the mainstream;
counseling teachers who face difficult situations in the classroom.
One-on-one psychotherapy for children who go through difficult times in their lives, such as separation, illness, accidents, loss or family conflict, helps them overcome these difficulties and better cope with long-term or short-term effects. Psychological trauma can manifest itself as sadness, inhibition, aggression, fear, nightmares, learning difficulties, social isolation, and our role is to make sense of these emotions, effect a positive change and reduce the developmental problems that may appear.
Understanding, Empathy and Respect
In working with students of all ages and backgrounds, the MTIS Counseling Department permanently focuses on:
promoting the development of self-awareness and of a positive attitude toward oneself and toward others,
extending the independence and responsibility of our students,
helping them acquire conflict resolution and decision making skills, along with attitudes and behaviors that reflect and promote a healthy lifestyle,
and supporting them in their endeavor to recognize and develop their own inclinations and aptitudes.
This is accomplished by using specific intervention techniques based on the age and the problem of the individual student, in conjunction with understanding, respect, empathy, open communication and love of children and of life in general.