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 September to December 2021. 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.
Shani has a BA (honors) in Psychiatric (Mental Health) Nursing and a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Post Graduate Diploma from Oxford University. She has over 14 years of work experience with children and young adults. Shani has a passion for helping students who may be struggling with mental health difficulties remain connected within education. Her specialist areas are eating disorders and anxiety (emotional) disorders. Her eclectic experience ranges from individual and group therapy to crisis intervention. This experience allows her to offer bespoke care with openness and acceptance; creating a non-judgement environment for students, parents or schools to bring about positive change. Shani has worked with various schools, universities and study abroad programs including Stanford University, Minerva School and Think Global School.
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.
Lacey Mashinter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from the United States. She has a BA and an MA in social work, with an emphasis in high-risk youth. She has 14 years of experience working with adolescents and young adults in residential and outpatient settings. She has experience conducting individual, group, and family therapy as well as crisis intervention. She has a passion for helping students with a variety of mental health difficulties including depression, self harm, and anxiety. She utilizes a strengths based approach to therapy, encouraging young people to discover and utilize their own strengths to help achieve their goals. She also combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) techniques to best help the individual. She strives to establish an open and supportive environment in order for students to feel seen, safe and heard.
Noa Kanter is a Psychologist who holds a BA in psychology and developmental aspects in Education from Tel-Aviv University and an MA in child clinical psychology from Bar-Ilan University. Noa practiced various therapeutic interventions in public health care clinics in Israel and worked as a school psychologist conducting psychoeducational assessments in the city of Holon. She has spent the past three years working as an educational psychologist in international schools in Europe with Linden Global Learning. In her work with students and schools, Noa strives to combine scientific knowledge from developmental evidence-based research with every person’s unique ecosystem.