There is a full time Counselor at MEFIS who is responsible for helping the school community with both social and emotional needs, as well as counseling students regarding their choices for college and university.
In her role as a social emotional counselor, our counselor has a three-pronged approach which includes the students, teachers, and parents. For students, the priority is to be available to talk with them at any time about their emotional concerns. Sessions are also offered on transition for both new and leaving students. Mediation is also offered to help resolve conflict. The counselor works with groups as needed on various social skills and on topics including effective communication, time management, study skills, and coping with stress, to name just a few.
Time is also spent in classrooms, helping as needed with whole classes, individual students or small groups. Parent support is also offered through two six-week courses focused on raising confident, responsible, cooperative, respectful and effective learners. One course is aimed at parents of 5-12 year olds and the other at parents of 12-18 year olds.
The counselor has an open door policy in order to assist any student, parent, or teacher who is struggling with any kind of difficulty that leaves them feeling confused, sad, anxious, or alone. The preference is not to try to offer easy solutions to problems but instead provide a safe space in which anyone can express and explore their feelings. Working together, strategies to overcome obstacles and personal challenges are found.