Secondary Student Development

Counselling at SIS(HK) – Secondary Section

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What is Counselling?
When a student comes for counseling, they have a chance to talk about whatever is going on for them. Whether they have problems regarding home or school, or simply want to talk and seek advice from someone impartial.

Our counselor's listen in a non-judgemental way and help students to focus on issues more clearly. They will respect the student's values, lifestyle and culture, and will work to help them make their own decisions, with the goal of a stronger student who feels in control of their life.

Why see a counsellor?
Students can see a counsellor for many reasons, some of which are highlighted below:

    • Bullying
    • Depression
    • Family problems
    • Grief /loss
    • Health worries
    • Isolation
    • Stress
    • Self esteem
    • School problems

Seeing a counselor is positive, they are trained to work with adolescents and will support your child in overcoming difficulties. Everyone has problems at points in their life, some require help in solving these problems.

All work with the counselors is confidential, however some information may be shared with teaching staff and parents if the counsellor deems it appropriate.

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Our Counselors:


Joyce Chan from Phoenix Practice has a Masters of Counselling with Distinction from City University of Hong Kong. She is the member of Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association (HKPCA) and Association for Play Therapy (US/APT).
Joyce's goal is to support individuals in enhancing their resiliency and internal resources to deal with life’s challenges. She has had experience working in the areas of depression, anxiety, behavioural and academic issues, social skills, relationships, self-harm, anger management, effective communication, self image, adjustments and family issues.
Joyce uses an integrative approach adopting Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy to counselling as an intervention to deal with teen, adolescent and adult concerns. Joyce also has extensive training in using Play Therapy skills (from non-directive Child-Centered Play Therapy to directive Theraplay and Group Play Therapy) to work with young children.

In addition to working with young adults and children, Joyce has also conducted training, talks and workshops to schools and different organizations including a Stress Management Talk, a series of workshops on stress management, emotion regulation and effective communication with your own children, and workshop of storytelling for parents.

Joyce is fluent in English and Putonghua and a native Cantonese speaker. She has a good understanding of the diversity of both the Chinese and Western cultures. Joyce's cultural sensitivity helps her have a better perspective to understand the challenges faced by students from local and/or mixed cultural families.

Joyce's hours:
Thursday 09:00 – 14:00

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Dona Pal, member of Phoenix Practice, has a BSc. (Hons) in Psychology from University of Calcutta (India) and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Delhi (India). She has undergone personal training and has specialized in Psychoanalysis. She is an Associate Member of the Indian Psychoanalytical Association and International Psychoanalytical Studies Organization.

Dona has ten years of experience working in schools as a school counsellor. She believes in a comprehensive, holistic and eclectic approach towards counselling, in which the therapeutic alliance, the need and the personality of the individual are imperative. She uses integrative counselling skills of Psychoanalysis, Systemic Family Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Positive Psychology to work with young adults, parents and families. Her expertise is mainly in the areas of self-growth and self-identity, depression, anxiety, coping with stress, relationship, substance dependency, motivation, learning difficulties, and parent counselling.

Dona is also experienced in conducting Life Skills Training to varied age groups. The topics covered include self-awareness, critical thinking, problem solving, interpersonal relationship, and emotion regulation to self-growth.

Dona derives strength from working with young adults. Her life experience facilitates her to empathize with different cultural backgrounds. Dona is proficient and fluent in English, Hindi and Bengali.

Dona's hours:
Monday 09:30 – 12:30, 13:00 - 15:00

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Learning Support at SIS (HK) – Secondary Section

Singapore International School recognises the need to develop the academic, social and emotional skills in all of our students. We are able to provide to all our lower secondary students time with our learning support teacher.

She is able to provide individualised small group programmes in order to develop academic, social and emotional skills to enable students to reach their full potential.

The goal of Learning Support at SIS (HK) is to ensure learning happens by removing barriers. Some barriers to learning include:

          • Learning disabilities and difficulties
          • Inadequate literacy skills
          • Inadequate numeracy skills
          • Previous failure - low self esteem - lack of confidence - lack of prior learning
          • Poor skills in organisation - poor time management -lack of motivation

We assist students by:

          • Providing a safe and caring environment
          • Inviting them to attend small group skill sessions where they are introduced to and practice strategies in order for them to cope better in the classroom

A referral for learning support can be made by the Year Head, Teacher, Parent or Student.


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