Psychological counselling and guidance is the process of providing professional assistance to students in order to ensure that their needs are met appropriately so that they can maximize their competencies and abilities to the fullest; develop self-understanding so that they can adapt themselves to their communities at home, at school, and in society at large; develop self-regulation; ensure self-realization by making the right choices; and complete their social, psychological, and cognitive development in a healthy way.
At Bilfen Schools we adopt a developmental guidance approach. Our students are supported by the Psychological Counselling and Guidance Department to help them successfully attain the developmental targets at every stage of their life. For this purpose, parallel to the individual and group guidance activities that are held by the guidance teachers throughout the year, we place importance on keeping in contact and collaborating with all the parties that play an important role in students’ development.
The orientation program consists of individual and group activities that are held in order to introduce the school, its system, and its activities to all the 1st Graders who are new to the school as well as students who are transferred from another school; and to accelerate their adaptation to Bilfen’s educational system.
Getting to Know the Students
At all grade levels; forms, inventories, and tests are used, interviews are held, and observations are made in order to get to know our students emotionally, socially, cognitively, and behaviorally.
Behavior Management Activities
These include the age-appropriate activities that we hold in order to make sure that the students in all grade levels adapt to school rules and grow up as successful, responsible individuals.
Character and Values Education Based on Strengths
By use of various tools, we determine students’ inherent resources and we enable students to recognize and use those resources in their life. Consequently, it is expected for students’ life satisfaction, well-being, level of happiness, and academic achievement to increase; and for potential problems and negative thinking tendencies to decrease.
Psychoeducation is based on positive psychology. In psychoeducation activities we focus on students’ developing positive characteristics, developing positive experiences, and increase subjective well-being. In these activities, we aim to ensure that students exploit and develop their strengths and positive characteristics, uncover their resources, and focus on resources rather than risks and their strengths rather than weaknesses.
Thinking Skills Program
Designed on the basis of PASS Theory, the Thinking Skills Program aims to develop effective use of cognitive operation areas and thinking skills; and it provides opportunities for effective use of thinking skills in academic work. Within the implementation of the program, students can choose the appropriate cognitive behavior in social situations by creating smart solutions or can demonstrate the ability to generate a solution to an academic problem.
Creativity activities consist of home assignments in 1st – 5th Grades that aim to enable students to retrieve information from the memory fast and fluently whenever they need to, break the existing patterns of thought and think freely when solving a problem, produce unusual or different solutions to a problem, and elaborate and extend on a simple stimulus that is given.
Activities to Support Learning Performance
Such activities include the individual or group work that is conducted to determine the challenges that our students experience in their learning and help them increase their levels of academic achievement.
Activities That Are Geared Toward the Testing System
In 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Levels, beginning with an informative session on the testing system that is used in the high school entrance exams, this group of activities aim to develop the skills/methods that improve students’ performance on tests.
Educational Booklets and Publications
Brochures and books that target the characteristics and the needs of each grade level are published for our students and parents.
Parent conferences are held regularly to maintain students’ developmental monitoring and support processes in mutual communication and collaboration with students’ parents and thus to address home and school life as a whole.
The seminars include the informative presentations that are offered to students, parents and teachers by guidance teachers and specialists on needed topics throughout the year