We know that counselors are the heart of a school. When the heart is strong- your school stays healthy. Our Consultation Circles for School Counselors provide the training, care, and support counselors need to do their best work.
Linden mental health practitioners provide counselors with a confidential platform to discuss challenging cases, find creative solutions to difficult situations in their schools, and most importantly: to share what’s going well.
The Counseling Consultation Circles provide professional consultation for difficult or complex cases; additionally, participants support each other personally and professionally as they manage the burden of providing care during the pandemic.
Linden facilitators will provide a clinical perspective and assist with resources. Designed to highlight the rich knowledge and diverse perspectives that counselors around the world bring, each session will feature the following:
● Celebrations: counselors share wins of the week
● Case Presentations: 2-3 counselors present a case or a challenge at school (sign up 3 days ahead)
● Closing: facilitator summarizes and wraps up the session
● Post session: facilitator sends a list of resources based on topics addressed and wisdom shared
● Final session closing ceremony - what we’ve learned, how we’ve grown
Groups will meet eight times (8x) from February to June 2022. Each group will meet for 90-minutes. There will be various days and times available for counselors to chose from. A complete schedule is below.
Circles will be composed of five to seven international school counselors per group, who will remain together as a cohort for the 8 sessions.
International counselors and psychologists seasoned in working with children in international schools and third culture students facilitate the groups, provide follow up resources, and share their therapeutic expertise. Facilitators ensure that dynamic, strengths focussed conversations leave everyone feeling seen, heard, and energized at the end of the session. For more information please read their bios below.
We are committed to protecting the confidentiality of all students. Participants will be required to sign confidentiality agreements before joining a group. We create a safe space for counselors to openly discuss their challenges in a supportive and confidential environment.
Linden Global Learning & Support Services provide much needed educational and therapeutic support to international students and schools anywhere in the world. From Berlin, the heart of Europe, to anywhere in the world, we offer tailored support to ensure the academic success and emotional well-being of all learners.
Sara is a child and family therapist who holds a Masters in psychology in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an M.S in clinical and counseling psychology from Chestnut Hill College. For the past 15 years Sara has worked in schools and clinical settings. Sara began her career as a teacher for children with autism utilizing ABA and DIR therapy. After completing masters in clinical psychology, Sara provided child and family therapy in a private practice setting for people with autism, anxiety and ADHD. In her work with children, Sara takes a student-centered and developmental approach, within the family systems context.
Curt is a licensed psychological psychotherapist and systemic family therapist with a B.A in history from Amherst College and a diploma in psychology from the Freie Universität Berlin. He has more than thirty-five years of experience with children, adolescents and their families in psychotherapy, counselling, crisis intervention and case management regarding behavioural and family related issues, learning disabilities, mental health and mental illness. For the past four years he was department chairman of psychotherapy and long-term intensive therapy at the Median Children & Youth Clinic in Beelitz-Heilstätten, Germany. There he supervised multi-professional teams and worked directly with adolescents, treating a wide spectrum of issues including eating disorders, social phobia, emotional disorders, school refusal, self-harm, suicidality, gaming and media addiction.
Makia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a passion for working with families, youth, and young adults. Prior to becoming a therapist, she was a teacher. Through teaching, she found that the one-on-one working relationship with each of her students and the parents' alliance was an essential part of their learning and growth. After leaving the teaching field, she earned a Masters of Clinical Social Work from the University of Denver with a concentration in family systems. She has worked with adults, children, and families in various settings, including hospitals, public and private schools, and community-based organizations. Having lived overseas for almost eight years, she understands the nuances of living in another country, raising multicultural children, and creating a sense of belonging and community in a foreign country.
Oulaya is a school counselor working with students of all ages. She earned her Master’s degree in School Counseling from the Lebanese American University, Beirut-Lebanon. She strongly believes that the social and emotional wellbeing of students is an essential factor in positive academic development.
Oulaya provides individual and group counseling sessions, focusing on social behavior, relational dynamics, emotional concerns, academic achievement, and community engagement. She has worked with students and families in crisis and provides grief counseling for students who have experienced trauma and death in the family.
Most recently, she focussed deeply on issues of Child Protection and Safeguarding as Child Protection Officer for a school in the Middle East. Oulaya also provides support for parents, sharing with them parenting guidance and strategies to help them deal with their own stress and enable them to maintain their own families’ wellbeing.
Christina Kedaj - Psychological Counselor (USA)
Christina Kedaj is a Psychological Counselor with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the United States and has worked extensively with children, teenagers and their parents.
Before working with international school children through Linden Global Learning, her experience included both individual and group counseling in an outreach counseling center and a domestic violence shelter. She is passionate about providing a safe space for children and teenagers to express themselves, whether through play or conversation, and guiding them on how to cope with the challenging parts of life.