I've been an international school counselor for close to twenty years and I'm currently working at my 9th International School. I've had a vast array of experiences and have worked with mostly middle school students from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and religions. Middle school is a fun age group to work with and I'm never bored.
I am ASCA /ISCA trained and I'm a firm believer in the ASCA National / International Model. I've been able to successfully implement preventative counseling programs in two of the schools I was previously employed at, both of which are still up and running, using these models as frameworks. In setting up these counseling programs and in preparing resources for teachers to use, I found that the simpler the resource is to use, the less prep time it takes for the teacher, the more enthusiastic they will be about engaging with the students. As such, most of my resources are PPT based and incorporate activities ranging from individual reflection to large groups, with enough content covering each topic so you can move on from an activity if it does not work well with a particular class.
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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) California Southern University | May 2016 - Present Counseling Licensure Post-Master's Graduate Certificate George Mason University | Aug 2003 - Aug 2004 Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services / School Counseling Fordham University | Aug 1993 - Jun 1996 Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSc) Springfield College | Aug 1989 - Jul 1993
I I am passionate about about education, particularly at an international level since most students in this system are very unique and have similar backgrounds to mine. People often ask me where I am from and I find this one of the most difficult questions to answer. My response is usually that I am a genuine "Third-Culture Kid". I was born in Blantyre, Malawi, but raised in Antwerp Belgium. I have dual nationalities and speak English and Dutch fluently. My father was born in Tanzania to German immigrants, and my mother was born in South Africa to Portuguese immigrants. My family immigrated to Belgium when I was three years old and I attended a Flemish Catholic school for my elementary school years. I moved to The Antwerp International School in the middle of fifth grade. At the time, I couldn't read or write English and I was beginning to struggle with spoken English as well. I received intensive tutoring to help me get caught up with my peers. This experience, and my international background and upbringing has been a major contributing factor for my love of international education, and for my passion in creating international school counseling programs that help develop the life skills required to navigate the complex world we live in today. I have been living and working internationally my entire life so naturally travel and adventure have become a looking glass through which I experience the world.