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Primary School Counsellor

Job Description:

The Primary School Counselor at One World International School (OWIS), Osaka, plays a fundamental role in supporting the social, emotional, and psychological well-being of students in the primary school. The counsellor provides a safe and nurturing environment for students to discuss and navigate personal and academic challenges.


Key Responsibilities:

  1. Counseling and Guidance:

   – Conduct one-on-one counselling sessions with students to address emotional, social, and behavioural concerns.

   – Offer guidance to students in developing coping skills, conflict resolution, and decision-making.


  1. Group Counseling:

   – Facilitate group counselling sessions to address common issues affecting students within the primary school.

   – Create a safe and supportive space for students to share their experiences and learn from one another.


  1. Crisis Intervention:

   – Provide immediate support and intervention for students facing emotional crises, such as grief, trauma, or personal emergencies.

   – Collaborate with school staff to ensure a coordinated response to critical incidents.


  1. Academic Support:

   – Work with students to address academic challenges and enhance study skills.

   – Collaborate with teachers and parents to develop strategies for academic improvement.


  1. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL):

   – Develop and implement SEL programs to promote emotional intelligence, empathy, and self-awareness among students.

   – Integrate SEL principles into the school curriculum.


  1. Parent Communication:

   – Maintain open communication with parents and guardians, discussing students’ progress and well-being.

   – Conduct parent workshops and provide resources on child development and parenting.


  1. Referrals and Collaborations:

   – Collaborate with teachers, administrators, and outside professionals to support students with specialized needs.

   – Make referrals for external counselling or therapy services when necessary.


  1. Record Keeping and Reporting:

   – Maintain confidential and accurate records of counselling sessions and student interactions.

   – Prepare regular reports and updates for school administration.


Qualifications and Requirements:

– A Master’s degree in School Counseling, Psychology, or a related field.

– A counseling certification and licensure, preferably in Japan.

– Previous experience in school counseling, especially in an international school setting.

– Strong understanding of child and adolescent development, mental health issues, and counseling techniques.

– Excellent communication, active listening, and empathy skills.

– A commitment to maintaining students’ privacy and confidentiality.

– Proficiency in English and Japanese (spoken and written) is preferred.

– Effective collaboration and problem-solving abilities.


Visa Status: Permanent Resident / Instructor Visa / valid work visa


Language: English (fluency)


Location: One World International School (OWIS), Osaka


Reporting To: Head of Primary School

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