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The Guidance Office

          ATHENEUM is steadfast in its mission to cater to the psychological needs of the members of the school community even during the online period. In order to offer its crucial and immediate services remotely, adaptive and creative approaches are taken. These include Study Skills Enhancement, Mental Health Awareness, Cyber-wellness, Career Development, and other special programs.

  1. Guidance Period - Even amidst the community quarantine, students need to be guided on becoming psychologically able, intellectually productive, and morally good of character and excellence. The Guidance Period shall be held once a month for Grade School and High School for 30 minutes interchangeably with their Homeroom subjects. Topics that will be prioritized during these sessions will focus mostly on adjusting to the “new normal,” self-care, mental health, psychosocial resiliency, anxiety management, reaching out, etc.

  2. Online Consultation Services - These are meant for counseling students, and for consultation or conference of significant adults with the guidance counselor. The students are assured that their guidance counselor continues to journey with them in this new normal. Short descriptions of the services during these sessions are as follows:

  1. Counseling happens with selected students who need assistance in dealing with their concerns. In-depth individual or group online counseling can be done via Zoom or phone while following set guidelines and protocols.

  2. Consultation can be a discussion between the students’ guidance counselor and parents or teachers to get more feedback about the students and further support them with their concerns.

  3. Conference is a session that the guidance counselor conducts with the teachers and parents, sometimes together with the School Heads or Administrators, to gather sufficient information that will lead to an informed decision about matters concerning the students.

  1. Guidance Period - Even amidst the community quarantine, students need to be guided on becoming psychologically able, intellectually productive, and morally good of character and excellence. The Guidance Period shall be held once a month for Grade School and High School for 30 minutes interchangeably with their Homeroom subjects. Topics that will be prioritized during these sessions will focus mostly on adjusting to the “new normal,” self-care, mental health, psychosocial resiliency, anxiety management, reaching out, etc.

Guidance for Students and Parents

  1. It is the mandate of the school counseling practice and the ATHENEUM to secure and obtain the parent’s or guardian’s written consent for individual counseling session/s. These counseling sessions may be extended to two or more sessions as needed within the school year.

  2. It is required by law that a minor who is subjected to an online counseling session must have an adult present during the session following the guidelines below:

  1. The adult present should not be seen on the video screen.

  2. The adult present should not participate or interfere such as offering explanation, making side comments, raising questions about how the session is being handled.

  3. The adult present should not exhibit any behavior or action that may hinder the session.

Guidance for Students and Parents

  1. The guidance counselor conducts individual or group online counseling sessions during his/her respective consultation session every day.

  2. The teachers can refer students to the guidance counselor through email or the guidance referral form, not through the group message.

  3. The parents can refer their sons/daughters to the guidance counselor through email.

  4. The student (or through the help of the parent or teacher) should set an appointment for counseling by sending an email to the guidance counselor at least two days prior to the scheduled online session. The counseling session will be done through Zoom. If Zoom is not feasible, phone counseling will be considered.

  5. An email regarding the confirmed schedule for the counseling session will be sent by the guidance counselor at least a day prior to the scheduled session through Zoom invite. Confirmation through phone can also be done if Zoom meeting is not possible.

  6. In case the guidance counselor finds it necessary to schedule a follow-up session, the invitation will be sent for the student’s follow-up counseling session/s.

  7. In compliance with the professional ethical standards, the guidance counselor is discouraged to give his/her personal social media account and number to students.

  8. Counseling, consultation, and conferences are scheduled during the specified consultation session only, unless the guidance counselors find it beneficial to conduct the session outside the specified time but still within work hours.

Protocols for Referral to Outside Child Specialists/Professionals

          The guidance counselor may recommend child specialists or professionals which parents may seek for further psychological assessment and services. However, the parents have the option to decide to whom they would like to refer their child for professional help.

Confidentiality

  1. All consultation and counseling sessions are confidential. If the student is seeing an outside professional such as a psychiatrist, psychologist or developmental pediatrician and is undergoing sessions or treatment plans due to a learning disability, psychological or emotional problem and even special needs, the parent is highly encouraged to provide the school’s guidance counselor a full disclosure of their child’s records, results, or progress in the said sessions for the school to provide utmost assistance to their child

  2. Exceptions to Confidentiality

  1. The guidance counselor may consult with the administrators and teachers, if deemed necessary.

  2. If there is evidence of clear and imminent danger of harm to self and/or others, the guidance counselor is legally mandated to report this information to the parent/s, or legal guardian, or next-of-kin, and/or authorities responsible for ensuring safety.

  3. The guidance counselor adhering to Philippine laws and the Department of Education’s Child Protection Policy must report any disclosure of physical or sexual abuse of students.

  4. Parents can request for student’s records only when a court order is issued.

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