Counseling Program at QISS

The QISS Counseling Program is based on the belief that education involves the development of the whole person (i.e. social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual aspects) and that these aspects should remain in balance in well adjusted individuals. We believe that each student possesses a unique set of gifts and talents. When self acceptance and confidence in one's abilities are present, students are empowered to use their gifts to contribute as positive, responsible world citizens and to strive for personal excellence.

The role of the school counselor is to support students as they develop into whole persons and to promote sensitivity to children's social and emotional needs within the academic community. QISS counseling services are accessible to all students, parents and staff. Counseling services are provided in an environment that is welcoming, safe and caring.

Professional Preparation

Joyce Orobello is the school counselor this year. In addition to being a seasoned educator, Joyce is a trained lawyer and Ivy League graduate. Her legal and counseling training and experience is focused on conflict and dispute resolution and family mediation. Joyce also has a strong background in mindfulness practices and has an innovative approach to counseling from that perspective. Most importantly, beyond her expertise as an educator, Joyce is well known for her deep dedication and commitment to her students' personal growth.

As an educator for over nine years, Joyce has taught AP English, English Language Learning, and SAT preparation in various types of schools in the United States, mainland China, and Taiwan. Joyce earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida and a Masters of Arts degree in English Education from Columbia University.

Ethical Standards

The QISS Counselors adhere to the Ethical Standards of the American School Counselor Association. They are committed to protecting the rights of students and the privacy of families, to providing counseling services which respect individuals, their culture, and their values, within an atmosphere of confidentiality.

Lower School Counseling Services

In Lower School the counselor helps students:

  • Individually: build confidence in themselves, learn appropriate and effective behaviors, and be able to express and manage their feelings.
  • In small groups: promote self esteem, smooth the transition between schools, friendship and other social skills.
  • In classrooms: promote positive attitudes, respect and the ability to get along with others, responsible behaviors, self control, good listening and communications skills.

The Counselor helps parents by:

  • Promoting positive partnerships between home and school.
  • Consulting on issues affecting their child's academic, social, or emotional development.
  • Presenting workshops on topics of interest such as discipline or promoting self esteem.
  • Making referrals to community based services and tutoring.

The Counselor also helps by:

  • Ensuring that students are placed in the most appropriate learning environment.
  • Giving teachers information and strategies to ensure students will be successful in school.
  • Promoting a positive school climate.

The Middle School Counseling Program

In Middle School the Counselor helps students by:

  • Meeting individually with students having academic, social/emotional, or behavioral difficulties.
  • Meeting with small groups of students to resolve conflicts and improve peer relationships.
  • Orienting new students and assisting with their adjustment to school.
  • Coordinating events promoting the social emotional development of all students.

The Counselor helps parents by:

  • Consulting on issues affecting their child's academic, social, or emotional growth.
  • Facilitating positive communication between home and school.
  • Presenting workshops on topics of interest to parents of early adolescents.
  • Providing information related to summer opportunities for youth.
  • Referring to tutors and local mental health service providers.

The Counselor also helps by:

  • Working with teachers to support students' academic, social, and emotional growth.
  • Promoting a positive learning environment throughout the school.

The High School Counseling Program

In High School the Counselor helps students prepare for the future by:

  • Planning academic programs for grades 9-12.
  • Exploring career interests and possibilities.
  • Providing information about appropriate summer learning opportunities.
  • Advising for college admissions testing.
  • Guiding through the university admissions and selection process.
  • Liaising with college admissions officers.

The Counselor supports academic growth by:

  • Assisting students with strategies to address academic problems.
  • Coordinating with teachers to enhance academic success of individual students.
  • Recommending tutors from the community.

The Counselor supports personal growth and development by:

  • Assisting students with adjustment issues.
  • Providing short term personal counseling.
  • Consulting with teachers and parents concerning the social/emotional needs of students.
  • Making referrals to outside mental health providers.