School Counselor, Middle School,
Hong Kong International School
Rosanna Herrera is a passionate school counselor, educator, and mental health professional. She is currently a middle school counselor at Hong Kong International School and has also worked at international schools in Egypt and Brazil. Rosanna’s counseling operates from a relationship centered, strengths based approach. She believes when we take time to build trust, rapport, and positive working relationships with all stakeholders there is then space for vulnerability, growth, and change. Rosanna grew up as a third culture kid and this informed her interest in the experience of cross cultural kids and adults. Other areas of interest include technology use and impact, building resiliency and distress tolerance, the teenage brain, and change management. She believes that all schools should have strong proactive counseling programs to address the varied mental health needs of young people and promote wellbeing. In addition to her work as a school counselor, Rosanna is a volunteer mentor for youth in Hong Kong, an avid traveler, and a lover of all things food.
Believe and Achieve: School Based Mental Health Initiatives
With an unwavering belief that mental health is essential and must be addressed in schools, the HKIS MS Counseling Team have shifted from a reactive counseling model where counselors were the primary gatekeepers of the social and emotional domains to a proactive model where all stakeholders partner together to strengthen student mental health and develop student social and emotional competencies. Join the HKIS MS Counseling Team in this interactive workshop where they will share the counseling program infrastructure, strategies for parent engagement, and their comprehensive approach to social and emotional learning. Participants will have opportunities to share their stories and learn from others, which will present them with potential next steps they can apply in their learning environments.
Strengthening Social and Emotional Support in Online Learning Environments and Beyond
During these uncertain times, every school must be prepared to shift between in-person and online learning at a moment’s notice. Although online learning presents its own challenges, we can still nurture the social and emotional needs of our students. Join the HKIS MS Counseling Team as they overview the steps they took to address the social and emotional needs of students, faculty, and parents when their school transitioned to online learning. The team will highlight their successes as well as their learning moments along the way. Participants will get a chance to join the conversation by sharing their experiences and by adding to the group’s online learning toolkit, which will be collaboratively created throughout the workshop.