The School Counseling Program of FIS

Every human being has the capacity to do well in life. If properly guided, motivated, and dealt with, students will be able to achieve their full potentials and achieve success in life.

Adolescence is a time of considerable change in their social, emotional, psychological, physical, sexual development.  This is a stage when they experience the life’s highs and lows and a delicate chapter as they start to establish step by step, their independence and personality.

High school life can be full of uncertainties, confusions, pressures, stress and this can be a daily struggle. As they transition in this stage, their abilities to make good decisions, their positive interactions with others are challenged.    With a school counselor in placed, various issues that affects students’ abilities to perform in an educational environment will be addressed.  The counselor is in the business of supporting students to become useful, well – rounded, purposeful individuals for nation building, understand their interests, abilities, and challenges by developing career pathways, learning plan, and productive work habits in the classroom and enable students to practice skills and test classroom knowledge through related service experiences in the community. At the same time, students’ educational needs will be assessed individually, intervention and counseling will also be provided for students dealing with issues that is affecting their learning, as well as providing support to students to explore the world that lies beyond high school graduation.


“You’re designing your own life and simply put, something must change if you want change”

Gemma Bangcal


1. Helps students understand themselves and others
2. Works with individual or groups of students on self- management, decision making, effective relationships, career development, etc.
3. Talks with parents, teachers, staff, and administrators

1. Have some good news to share
2. Have difficulty with school work
3. Have conflicts with friends, teachers, or family members
4. Have trouble dealing with others
5. Are feeling down
6. Bullied
7. Need to talk to someone

Teacher’s referral, parents’ request, personal choice/walk – in, or called by the counselor

Individual Counseling – this is a short term counseling sessions to assist students in overcoming issues impeding success or expressing difficulties dealing with developmental tasks
Group Counseling – sessions provided to students with similar developmental or situational challenges with the goal of achieving healthy personal adjustment and coping with the stress of changing/complex environment
Counseling Core Curriculum – this is a collaboration between the counselor and the teachers where lessons and activities promotes knowledge, attitudes, and skills of student competencies through instruction in the classroom or planned activities outside the classroom
Individual Student Planning – helping individual student create personal and academic goals as well as to develop career planning
Collaboration – networking with communities, NGOs, INGOs, and stakeholders to support student achievement, acquire essential skills for successful employment and responsible citizenship

Information during the counseling sessions is confidential. Information discussed in counseling sessions is not available to anyone (including guardians/family members, FIS administration, police, etc.) without a consent from the client. However, the counselor is obligated to report to appropriate persons: 1) reports or evidence of child or elder abuse, 2) threats of harm to others, or 3) harm to self, such as suicide.
When obstacles to students’ learning are addressed students will be able to gain insights and understanding of oneself with greater self – awareness, change one’s beliefs, increased acceptance, care and appreciation of oneself and others, increased emotional intelligence, increased ability to control oneself, development of skills and abilities that requires self – management, improved motivation towards actions that is good for oneself, improvement in relationships with family members, friends, and others, and enhanced academic, career, social, emotional development.