Required Preparation for

Introduction to Essential Skills for International School Counselors


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Welcome to the 2019 Introduction to Essential Skills for International School Counselors Course!

During the short, intensive time we are together, we will focus on the personal and professional competencies and skills necessary for international school counselors and the programs we deliver. We cover a broad range of topics and it is a lot to take in. During each day’s session, you can plan to think and work hard, learn a lot, and have fun. Dress casual and bring layers :D

We can’t wait to get started on this with you!

All the best from your facilitators,

The Steves… Hisler and Ayling

Here are a few important considerations to ensure a meaningful and successful course experience for all:


Leading up to your arrival on 26 June, there are a few things you need to be working on. We all get busy in the weeks leading up to the end of the school year. The same is true for the Steves! Use the following task list to get yourself ready:

1.        Top Priority – Fill out the Introduction to Essential Skills for the International School Counselors Google Form.  Your completed form is an essential piece of our planning puzzle!

2.        Gather Materials. Have access to the following materials electronically, to share with others during the course:

  • Job description for your school’s Counseling (or pastoral) position

  • Samples of articles, announcements, notices/handouts generated by the Counseling Office: transitions programs, admissions, advisory, etc.

  • Referral process - any forms or guidelines you have for this process

  • Booklets, parent letters, handouts, etc. generated by the Counseling Office

  • Transition materials from your school - for parents, students and teachers

  • Any information/format for meetings you have about students. (We call them Student Study Team ‘SST’ Meetings)

  • Intake materials used for new students and their parents

3.        Case Studies. Bring at least two written (no more than one page) case studies or vignettes dealing with a counseling problem or situation you have confronted during your career.  These can be written in a simple narrative format or following a format/template with which you prefer to work. Information to provide may include:

  • a description of the presenting concern

  • resources you accessed in responding to the case

  • a description of your response/strategies implemented

  • a summary of how the situation currently stands

  • questions you may like the group to consider.

4.        Read Third Culture Kids (Chapter 14-Dealing with Transition linked in the PDF above), by David C. Pollock & Ruth E. Van Reken, Nicholas Brealey. If you have access to the full book, Chapters 3, 15, and 16 will serve as the basis for part of our work on Transitions.  If you can, read the entire book; it’s a gem!



Your course materials are digital. Hard copies of the materials will not be available on site.  Bring a laptop computer with appropriate adapters and wireless internet capability. Click here for more information about iPads and tablets. Chromebook users can use the free Kami extension to annotate.


In an effort to ‘cash in’ on the experience of the people enrolled in the course, participants will also be encouraged to contribute at least one of the following:

  • Sharing a Gem is one of the first things we will do each morning. These gems are brief statements of learning, insights, a-ha moments that could be course or course-material related.

  • A warm-up activity you have run with teachers, students or parents that worked well. Should involve minimum props/materials and take no more than five minutes to run. Why? Warm up activities can set the tone and get people focused/interested. Between the ones you run in the afternoons and the ones we run each morning you should go home with a large collection of warm-up activities.

  • Being a Guide on the Side by sharing a brief presentation or talk you have given in the counseling/advisory context. This can be a power point, a walk through, a hand out, or a prepared talk about a counseling related topic. Why? Sharing ideas with the class and establishing yourself as a resource person for the class and schools world-wide are desired outcomes for the course.

  • Facilitation of an afternoon breakout group- The last hour of each day is spent in smaller groups working through case studies, making further sense of the material covered, sharing ideas and making connections. Each of these groups needs a facilitator.


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We can’t wait to get started on this with you!

All the best,

Steve Hisler and Steve Ayling