"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" Lao Tzu

 

Taking steps towards life....  together....


Young adulthood is a difficult period in life, filled with emotional changes and important decisions. Young people in high school, more than any other period in their lives, need support from knowledgeable, experienced, and caring people in whom they can confide. To this end, TAC’s Counseling Department helps students find ways to better understand themselves, and deal more effectively with the challenges they face. The department also guides parents in supporting their children, provides informational sessions for teachers and offers feedback to students regarding their academic performance. 

 
The purpose of TAC's counseling services is to educate students to: 
 
  • be aware of personal and social responsibility,
  • be self-confident,
  • understand life-long learning,
  • be able to communicate effectively, lead a qualified life in all aspects,
  • acquire the skills, attitudes and responsibilities required to serve his country and humanity,
  • maximize the benefits of the education process according to their abilities and individual characteristics,
  • be able to use their potential in the most appropriate way and continue to develop their abilities.
 
TAC's Counseling Department aims to contribute to a school environment which support the well-being of the student to help them achieve their goals. Cooperating with parents, teachers and school administrators, it tries to ensure that this environment is holistic and is maintained. 
 
Homeroom periods are taught by homeroom teachers and guidance counselors in line with the counseling model stipulated by the Ministry of Education. At the same time, we follow the TAC Structured Homeroom Activities Program which covers Prep, 9th, 10th and 11th grades, which is updated in line with the needs of our students.
 
  • In this context, the goal of the counseling program, which focus on prep classes and 9th grade and was later prepared also for 10th and 11th grades is to support the social, emotional and cognitive competencies and skills of students in line with the institutional values ​​and developmental needs of students, and to support their positive interaction and developments. The data collected from students, teachers and school counselors and observations of experts during their school visits were taken into account while creating the content of the programs.
  • In line with this purpose, the program prepared for prep classes primarily includes orientation activities for the new prep classes. The secondary focus is on developing positive interpersonal relationships, empowering students against potential problems in peer relationships, adapting to changes in adolescence, making responsible decisions, increasing social awareness, improving conflict resolution and problem solving skills, academic competency and self-regulation skills.
  • The counseling program prepared for the 9th grade aims to support students who need to cope with many new roles and responsibilities academically, socially and developmentally while trying to fulfill the requirements of many courses following the prep year. In line with this purpose, the program includes activities which focus on improving academic competencies, increasing social awareness, strengthening positive interpersonal relationships, supporting self-regulation skills, career awareness, time management, responsible decision making, conflict resolution and problem solving skills.
  • The program prepared for the 10th grade starts with a group dynamics activity in order to facilitate the adaptation to the new grade level and to ensure interaction. Later on,  the goals of the program continue be to develop students' communication skills, help them cope with exam anxiety, to develop study habits and conflict-resolution strategies, help with academic track selection, career courseling, to develop problem-solving skills, to inform about domestic and overseas university programs. The program also offers activities which raise awareness about the impacts of individual differences on relationships.
  • In the program prepared for the 11th grade, the focus is on team building activities with the primary goal of facilitating the adaptation to the new grade level and to ensure interaction. Other activities include the introduction of the Turkish universities counseling unit and administering a survey, raising student awareness on the career-related interests and abilities of the students, activities of the overseas university counseling department, stress management, time management, the effects of the Career Day on professional goals, anger management and dating abuse, organization of study habits and problem solving. 
  • TAC's Structured Homeroom Activity Program aims to support students in their personal-social, academic and career-related growth.

VISION AND MISSION

  • Adhering to the national and universal ethical rules of the profession,
  • Providing services within the field of expertise using a scientific approach,
  • Maintaining and improving mental health,
  • Working with a preventive, developing and supporting approach,
  • Respecting personal rights, individual and cultural differences,
  • Acting with a sense of responsibility (towards individuals, institution and society),
  • Adhering to the principles of trust, consistency, volunteerism, integrity, confidentiality,
  • A responsibility for professional improvement ,
  • Cooperation with parents, teachers, administrators, other colleagues and experts,
  • Practical knowledge of regulations regarding counseling services,
  • Keeping abreast of new developments in the field of psychological counseling in order to keep practices up-to-date,
  • Supporting students in their decisions while helping them consider the most appropriate options for themselves.