It is with great pride that I am able to introduce myself to you, to advocate all that DBS have implemented within their Well-being curriculum, and what our current and future developmental strategies are for our staff, children and families.
As an extensively experienced Social Emotional School Counsellor, I instantly knew that DBS was the school that I wished to transfer my skills and passion to. Upon researching DBS, it was visible that their approach ‘Happy staff, happy students’ was well embedded into their community, and I am eager to add my expertise to this wonderful moral.
I am a British trained Counsellor and specialise and integrate methods such as Person Centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies. I provided my practice within both Junior and Senior Schools in England for 6 years before working in Beijing, China.
2021-22 academic year will prove to be an exciting time for DBS and our Well-being curriculum, as we will be revealing innovative and thoughtful methods of how we wish to best support all of our community.
Our children and adolescents have experienced unfathomable uncertainty throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and have the added pressures and desires to continue working hard to be high achievers, these are just a few of the reasons why the mental health and overall well-being of our staff and students is paramount to us at DBS.
Optimal health and wellness are achieved for both adults and children when we acknowledge our challenges, and access the appropriate solutions to implement self-care. A prominent part of the role of a School counsellor and Well-being Lead is to teach students the coping skills required to manage their own mental health in more difficult times, and to ensure that they always have a safe space in school to access and process their emotions.
The social and emotional aspects to our student’s everyday experiences are crucial to enhance great learning, therefore we are keen to ensure that a ‘team around the learner’ approach is maintained and that every staff member and student have the opportunity to access professional Counselling support at all times.
I am excited to meet parents at the workshops that I will be delivering on various Well-being topics throughout the academic year.
Ms. Laura Jones
Social Emotional Counsellor and Wellbeing Lead