The D-12 UNIS Hanoi Counselling Department and is guided by the Department’s Mission Statement:
Our mission is to encourage, support, and advocate for students and families within our globally-minded community. Counsellors facilitate a proactive, comprehensive and developmentally structured counselling programme that fosters self-advocacy, resiliency, and life-long learning while reflecting the ideals and principles of the United Nations.
Counselling in Elementary School
The Elementary Counsellors assist students, parents, and teachers to promote and enhance the development, learning, and well-being of the students. The Counsellor may work with an individual student, family, group of students, class group, or on a consultative basis to individual school personnel. This includes:
- Assessment of the student experiencing social, emotional, and/or behavioral concerns.
- Conducting individual or small group counseling.
- Development and administration of student support programmes (parent courses, transition).
- Consultation with parents and teachers.
Counselling in Middle School
Within the Middle School, the counsellor works with individuals, small or large groups, and through teachers in supporting students. The counselor is a member of the Support Services Team, and each Grade Level Team to facilitate student advocacy, the promotion of Middle School Ethos, and the support of all students.
The Middle School Counsellor also coordinates the transition of students into and out of UNIS Hanoi as well the promotion from Elementary School to Middle School and from Middle School to High School. The Counsellor also coordinates the Middle School Advisory programme in joint planning with the Grade Level Coordinators and Grade Level Teams.
Counselling in High School
There are two counsellors who work with High School students. In addition to assisting with course selection and college applications they work with students to help with social and emotional issues.
The goals of the programme are to:
- assist students to develop a positive self-image;
- help students form healthy relationships and use positive social skills;
- provide support and assessment for students; and
- help students and families cope with stress and adjustments during transitions.