Stanley H. King Counseling Institute: Building and Strengthening our Relationships with Students (Bay Area)
Navigating one’s way through adolescence has never been more complicated than it is today. As concerns grow about the emotional and physical well-being of adolescents, study after study shows the central importance of a relationship with a caring adult to a young person’s development. Parents and students seek out independent schools, with their small classes and involved faculty, to offer these relationships.
Now in its 55th year, the Stanley H. King Counseling Institute offers a model of teaching counseling and listening skills to teachers, advisors, administrators, and other school personnel. Our goal is not to train professional counselors, but to help teachers strengthen and deepen their relationships with students. Participants learn to help students with a range of developmental and relational challenges, as well as to recognize serious psychological difficulty and seek appropriate help. This workshop is ideal for those new to the Stanley King Counseling Institute and alumni of past institutes interested in renewing and sharpening their skills.
Learning How to Listen
Students look to teachers all the time for guidance, and they watch us closely as examples of how to behave, feel, and cope with life’s challenges. Whether we are aware of this or not, we are guiding them by our responses, our actions, and our inactions. Students’ needs are both evident and hidden, and they seek adults who can handle feelings and experiences they sometimes can’t. The Counseling Institute teaches participants how to listen deeply and to respond in ways that promote personal growth, learning, meaningful relationships, and responsible behavior.
Program Goals and Outcomes
You will learn about:
- Counseling Skills for Non-Counselors
- In teaching
- In advising
- In discipline
- Normal adolescent development
- Listening through our differences: race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality
- Recognizing serious trouble
- When and how to refer
The Ideal Participant
We encourage attendance by any school staff member who is involved in the lives of students, including teachers, librarians, deans, nurses, college counselors, school heads, division directors, advisors, coaches, admissions directors, etc. The Institute experience is richly enhanced by the variety of schools represented, and we encourage participants to come with colleagues.
Past participants of the Stanley King Counseling Institutes will find this 3-day workshop to be a wonderful refresher course that will renew and sharpen your skills and remind you of your deeper purpose in working with students. Based on enrollment, there will be a separate track for Stanley King alumni participants.