AISA Online Deep Dive: Brief Interventions for School Counsellors

This Deep Dive has been developed to introduce school counsellors to various evidence-based interventions that will equip them to offer effective, timely support to students.
  • Deep Dives
  • School Counsellors or others who want to grow skills in the area of counselling
  • Virtual
  • September - 2021
  • This Deep Dive session will run over a period of 5 weeks


The cost of this Deep Dive course is US$ 250/person

This is an AISA Members Only Event. You must LOG IN to your profile on this website to register. Once registered, the AISA team will provide an invoice to facilitate the payment.

School counsellors play a crucial role in supporting students with issues related to learning, school transitions, peer and family relationships, identity and self-esteem as well as managing emotions such as depression, anxiety, isolation and grief. But time with individual students is limited, so counsellors need tools to efficiently and effectively meet the challenges their students face.

This Deep Dive will introduce various evidence-based therapeutic approaches to equip school counsellors to provide support to their students. Each session will not only provide the theoretical foundations of the approach but will offer practical ways to use these interventions with your students to support their mental health and wellbeing.

Each week, a new discussion topic will be introduced and facilitated by the professional and experienced clinical staff at the Truman Group:

  • Session 1: Thinking Psychodynamically With StudentsJames Rosow
  • Session 2: Change Your Body to Change Your Mind: Skills for Distress Tolerance – Ren Stinson
  • Session 3: Learning to manage our own emotion:  Relief and hope for counsellors in the face of Covid – George Ellie
  • Session 4: How to Encourage & Support Change Via Motivational Interviewing – Alicia Janik
  • Session 5: Creative Counseling Techniques – Lisa Hekel

The AISA online Deep Dives are a balanced mix of Synchronous (interactive online learning involving external expert and peer to peer collaboration) and Asynchronous (distance, self-paced and peer-to-peer learning) learning facilitated over a period of 5 weeks.

1 Tue. 14 Sept. 2021 09:00 – 10:00 Session 1
2 Tue. 21 Sept. 2021 09:00 – 10:00 Session 2
3 Tue. 28 Sept. 2021 09:00 – 10:00 Session 3
4 Tue. 05 Oct. 2021 09:00 – 10:00 Session 4
5 Tue. 12 Oct. 2021 09:00 – 10:00 Session 5


  • James Rosow
    The Truman Group
    Clinical Psychologist

    James is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He has been in private practice for more than 15 years and specializes in individual therapy with children, adolescents and adults. He relies on both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral interventions to treat a wide range of psychological and emotional problems. Through extensive clinical experience, he has developed expertise in depression, anxiety, adjustment problems, school/professional underachievement, and relationship issues. He also offers treatment to couples and to families. His previous clinical positions include Director of Clinical Training at the Brooklyn Children’s Psychiatric Center and Assistant Director of the Proctor Academy Charter School in Trenton, NJ. James has lived and worked abroad in Spain.

  • Ren Stinson
    Clinical Psychologist
    The Truman Group

    Ren is a board-certified Clinical Psychologist with 10 years of experience practicing and training in community mental health, university counseling, and the Veterans Health Administration. Ren specializes in treating trauma-related disorders, anxiety and depression, and emotion regulation problems. Starting with a strong therapeutic relationship, he uses evidence-based psychotherapies to help clients meet their therapeutic goals.

    Ren is formally trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. He has special interest in multicultural issues including cultural identity development, coping with racism and other oppression, and LGBTQ health. He provides training and workshops on behavior therapy and multicultural psychology in the U.S. and Japan. Ren was born in Tokyo, Japan and spent his childhood in Oakland, California before moving with his family to Kobe, Japan where he attended international school. He currently resides in the upper Midwest.

  • Lisa Hekel
    The Truman Group
    Clinical Social Worker

    Lisa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has been providing clinical treatment for over 18 years in a variety of settings including private practice, school-based, outpatient and disaster/crisis response. As an expatriate, Lisa has spent over ten years providing personalized services worldwide, using her experiences to support individuals and their families living cross-culturally, including issues related to unaccompanied deployment. Her work with active-duty military and veterans focuses on adjustment and trauma issues using an integrative style of mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral interventions. She specializes in issues related to grief, loss, and attachment, through a solution-focused approach.

    Lisa has extensive experience working alongside international schools providing guidance for teachers and administrations in regards to the unique needs of transient students and their families. She meets clients where they are at and guides them through purposeful and goal-oriented practice.

  • Dr. Alicia Janik
    The Truman Group
    Clinical Psychologist

    Dr Alicia Janik is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, holding a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a master’s degree in Human Sexuality Education, with over 15 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings. She believes in a collaborative and strength-based approach, tailoring therapy to meet an individual’s needs and foster long-lasting personal growth within the context of a trusting relationship.

    Dr Janik uses an integrative style, incorporating insight-oriented, narrative, and solution-focused approaches, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and working from multicultural, relational, and social justice frameworks. She is passionate about promoting cross-cultural communication and understanding, with years of experience living and working overseas as an expatriate in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe.

    Dr Janik’s areas of expertise include working with international schools to promote community strength and well-being, supporting women and families navigating perinatal health (fertility, prenatal loss, pregnancy, the transition to parenthood, and postpartum care), supporting and empowering members of the LGBTQ+ population and their families, and working with adolescents and adults who are experiencing major life transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, relationship challenges, and issues surrounding identity development.

  • George Ellie
    The Truman Group
    Clinical Psychologist

    George has worked internationally for over 20 years in conflict and post-conflict zones. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and is a licensed psychologist. He is also certified in school neuropsychology. George has over 30 years of experience providing cross-cultural psychotherapy, staff supervision and case consultation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, and stress management training. Until recently he worked in an active conflict zone as a Senior Psychologist/Stress Management Advisor for a multinational organization in Eastern Europe, developing and implementing programming to address complex stress reactions.

    Throughout much of his career, he has specialized in working to support people living in challenging conditions, helping them manage crises, address the unpredictable nature of living in diverse multicultural settings, and learn to manage their own nervous systems to improve their health and well-being.

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