Counseling @ Your Service
"How are you?" is more than a polite question. As a counselor, I have been privileged to ask this question "deeply" to many students for many
years now. Students are precious people and they have important things to say. They are worth listening to, listening at and listening with! I have
been so honored to hear and listen to what each student has to say. The Counseling service is for all students! If you need to discuss your studies,
future career and other concerns, you are always welcome in the counseling office.
Counseling is for those who need help. Help is available around you and within you. One of the blessings of counseling is healing by confession (James 5:16). Sometimes, just by "talking it out", one is relieved of troubles. Other times, more therapeutic intervention is needed. I have seen so many "breakthroughs" in counseling. Students who feel confused or sad, angry, failed, rejected, neglected, overwhelmed, lost, bullied, guilty, defensive, denial, uncaring etc... have come out "winners" after counseling sessions. No, it is not a counselor's magic. It is how a person is given (a) chance/s to realize how able he/she is to solve/resolve problems. It is such a joy to empower students to make decisions and take responsibility for their behavior. Thank you dear counselees for sharing your struggles and hurdles and the privilege to see you overcome these. The knowledge and wisdom I learned from studies of psychology, education, guidance and counseling have been so enriched with the valuable stories shared by many counselees.
Counseling as a heart to heart talk builds trust, understanding, respect, encouragement, wisdom, hope and a lot more. Sometimes, faith soars
when counselees are reminded of available helps and words of encouragements such as " I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"
from Philippians 4:13. My favorite part in counseling is "listening with" the counselee. For the times that tough problems and situations cannot be
solved right away, we do not lose hope for God is our healer, prince of peace and the Wonderful Counselor.
For God has not given us the spirit of fear and timidity but of power, love and self-discipline2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
The Guidance and Counseling Program Overview
The Guidance and Counseling Program
You are loved, important, unique and capable of growth and development!
The Guidance and Counseling Office (GCO) is an integral part of the educational program which equips students with basic knowledge and skills
to live and serve effectively in the global community. As an Christian international school, we provide career and Biblical guidance to prepare
students as responsible citizens who are socially aware, morally upright and spiritually enriched. Through counseling, testing, assessment, career
guidance and other learning support program, we encourage self-discovery/discipline/development for personal well-being, the welfare of society
and the worship (glory) of God. BCIS equips teachers and staff as guidance agents and counselors.
The Philosophy of the Guidance and Counseling Office is founded on Christian Spirit of love and concern for human dignity and is anchored in
the truth that each individual is loved, is important, is unique and is capable of growth and development. As such, GCO promotes that
- every student is loved by his family, his peers, his significant others and in fact unconditionally loved by God who freely offers salvation through
Christ. This experience of unconditional love propels every Christian to love others as he loves himself.
- every student is important and matters to the community. The BCIS community operates like a family or a body where each part has a vital
role to play in the growth of individuals and the organization. The school rules and regulations are intended to instill positive discipline and
protect people from disorders and irresponsibility.
- every student is unique. Every student counts and is distinguished by his own identity, personality, potentials, talents and giftedness. BCIS
recognizes that individuals have varied talents (multiple intelligences) which develop and improve through opportunities.
- every student is capable of growth and development. As Rogerian psychology suggests that every individual is self-actualizing and therefore is developing in stature, we affirm further that his wholebeing (body, soul and spirit) grows once he experiences the liberating rebirth in Christ.
When a student is always affirmed that he is loved, unique and capable of growth and development, he is certain to live his fullest in school,
at home and in community. This truth eventually and inevitably results to good moral and right conduct. It is a beautiful inside- out personality
development and growth coming from a new life in Christ who promised "to give life in all its fullness" (John 10:10b., NLT).