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Junior School Counseling

Junior School Counseling

Counseling services are available across the Junior School campus. The Junior School Counselors have backgrounds in school counseling, social work, and family therapy:

List of 6 items.

  • Dr. Lauli‘a Phillips ’98 Ah Wong, MSCP, EdD

    Kindergarten – Grade 1
    Omidyar Neighborhood
  • Shiori Meadows, M.Ed LPSC

    Grades 2 – 3
    Kosasa Community
    Building G
  • Fiona Hayashi, MSCP, LMFT, LMHC

    Grades 4 – 5
    Kosasa Community
    Building D
  • Tiara Lee-Gustilo, LSW

    Class of 2029
    Case Middle School
    Gates Learning Center
  • Kimo Saito, M.Ed.

    Class of 2028
    Case Middle School
    Gates Learning Center
  • Kirsten Ralston, LMFT, NCC

    Class of 2027
    Case Middle School
    Gates Learning Center
Counselors are available during the school day from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Resources for Immediate Support
  • Emergency: Call 911
  • Crisis Hotline: text ALOHA to 741741
  • ACCESS Crisis Line (Oʻahu): 808.832.3100
  • 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: text or call 988
  • Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ): 1.866.488.7386
  • Sex Abuse Treatment Center: 808.524.7273
  • Hawaiʻi Child Welfare Services: 808.832.5300

School Counseling Services

Counselors collaborate and consult with administration, school staff, teachers, psychologists, and families to provide general guidance and faculty support to help students be successful at school. Counselors develop programs and activities that help integrate students into the school system and prepare them for life outside of school. Counselors encourage, intervene and advocate for students experiencing personal, academic and developmental difficulties. Support services include: counseling (individual and group), consultation, crisis intervention, social and emotional education, and in-class support. Counselors do not provide psychological treatment or ongoing therapy. If a child’s needs exceed school-based counseling support, referrals to community mental health providers can be discussed.

Regarding confidentiality, School practices align with the American School Counselor Association Code of Ethics (A.2.e and f) as described below:

  • A.2.e – Counselors keep information confidential unless legal requirements demand that confidential information be revealed or a breach is required to prevent serious and foreseeable harm to the student. Serious and foreseeable harm is different for each minor in schools and is determined by students’ developmental and chronological age, the setting, parental rights and the nature of the harm. School counselors consult with appropriate professionals when in doubt as to the validity of an exception.
  • A.2.f – Counselors recognize their primary ethical obligation for confidentiality is to the students but balance that obligation with an understanding of parents’/guardians’ legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives. School counselors understand the need to balance students’ ethical rights to make choices, their capacity to give consent or assent, and parental or familial legal rights and responsibilities to make decisions on their child’s behalf.

Why See a Counselor?

Possible presenting concerns and/or reasons to see a counselor:

  • Identify coping strategies
  • Prioritize wellness
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Changes in mood and/or behavior (e.g., sleep, eating habits)
  • Friends/peer relationships; dating relationships
  • Family issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Multicultural and diversity inclusion concerns
  • Academic concerns
  • Self-harm or suicidal thoughts
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