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NIS Counselling Programme

The NIS School Counselling programme is proactive in nature, focusing on the academic and social-emotional development of the whole child.

Our Counselling team provides support for students, parents and teachers through observation, consultation, small group, 1:1 counselling, guidance lessons and workshops. Support is tailored for the developmental stage of the student and builds awareness in the following areas: communication and relationships, self-awareness, self-regulation, identity, and wellness.

We strongly believe in confidentiality. Our Counselling team practice “What happens here, stays here.” The only time we break confidentiality is if someone says they will hurt themselves or someone else, or if someone is in danger. We want students, parents and teachers to feel like it is a safe place to open up.

Counselling Across School Levels

Primary School

Quinnesian Joyner

Quinnesian Joyner

Primary Counselor
Ed.S., M.Ed., Georgia Southern University, USA
Ed.S., Northcentral University, USA
Sue Chun

Sue Chun

Primary Counselor
M.A., Columbia International University, USA

The vision of the NIS Primary School Counselling Program is for all students in the Early Years Programme to Grade 5, to depart empowered with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve academic, personal, social, and career successes.

It is our belief that all students can reach their full potential as respectful and responsible citizens.

Our goal is to achieve this vision by way of programmes such as service learning, guidance lessons, small group discussions, parenting seminars and a number of other initiatives.  

Secondary School

Ruben Joyner

Ruben Joyner

Secondary Counselor
Ed.S., M.Ed, Georgia Southern University, USA

The NIS Secondary School Counselling Programme focuses on the social-emotional development of students.

Our counsellor collaborates with teachers, parents and students to help students grow and thrive amid the developmental changes that occur during adolescence.

This is achieved through individual and group meetings, Life 101 classes, Advisory, teacher consultation and collaboration as well as parent support.  

University Counseling

Pearl Noh

Pearl Noh

Secondary University Counsellor
M.A., Kyeong Hee Cyber University, South Korea
Certified College Counsellor, University of Pennsylvania GSE, USA

The NIS University Counselling Programme focuses on the overall personal development and wellness of our students. The areas of focus are; academic, career, and social-emotional development.

Our 6-12 Advisory program, Life 101 curriculum, Secondary School assemblies, Peer Ambassadors, transition programme, 1:1 care, small group meetings, parent and faculty workshops, as well as consultations, are used to promote an understanding of self-concept and personal satisfaction. 

Developing an awareness of self as an individual, a student, and career-bound individual promotes the building blocks for an optimal start into adulthood.   

Our Counselling programme guides students with course selection, career objectives, next steps after high school, including university research and applications.  NIS is an official SAT test centre which supports our students in developing their college and university application profile.

Wellness Resources

Mental Health Contacts

  • The Truman Group Providing high quality remote psychotherapy and mental health consultation to expatriates living around the world. They work with individuals, couples, families and children in regions of the world that have few local English-speaking resources available for mental health.
  • Shanghai International Mental Health Association A multidisciplinary professional association of therapists who provide mental health services to international communities. 
  • Lifeline Shanghai An English-speaking helpline for the international community.