Kaohsiung American School (KAS) has one full-time Guidance Counselor who is responsible for the academic and personal counseling for students PreK-12.  The counselor is available for individual and group appointments with students and parents concerning all aspects of personal, social, academic, and career development.

Guidance Counseling at KAS
Guidance Counseling at KAS

In order to prepare our students for the future, they need to have basic skills like reading, writing, and math. They also need to have interpersonal skills such as knowing how to get along with others and communication skills, oral as well as written. Did you know that the most common reason that people lose their jobs is not because they are not smart enough or do not know their jobs well enough? It is because they cannot work on a team and they cannot get along well with others.

We know that early intervention is the key and that is where counselors come in. Research shows that the benefits of a counseling program include improvement in:

    • School attitudes and work habits, which correlate with staying in school.
    • Peer relationships and communication skills, which correlate with workplace skills.
    • Motivation, behavior and grades, which correlate with learning and achievement.

Counselors also consult with parents, staff, and student study groups.

From the Guidance Counselor

Letter from the Guidance Counselor
Letter from the Guidance Counselor
Introduction to Guidance Counselor.pdf
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the guidance counseling program has continued to work throughout the year to promote personal/social wellness. As a school, we need to promote school safety. School safety includes making our students feel welcomed and cared for, at KAS. With the help and support of parents, teachers, students and staff this year, we have worked to promote positive personal relationships amongst students and KAS. Through classroom activities, group interventions and individual counseling, students have practiced how to apply the following:

    • Conflict resolutions skills.
    • Differentiating between situations requiring peer support or adult intervention.
    • Managing stress.
    • Personal and group goal setting.
    • Utilizing decision making strategies.
    • Practicing self control through anger management strategies.
    • Recognizing peer and personal strengths.
    • Practicing responsible citizen skills.
    • Building self esteem through focus on positive attributions.
    • Working as a team to help others.
    • Coping with a difficult situation and making positive responses.
    • Standing up when someone is being left out.
    • Using effective communication skills.

Although the counseling domains do not change from year to year, the interventions are based on the individual needs of KAS students. Counseling places the students’ social/emotional needs first, acting as an advocate for students with the understanding that learning can only happen when an individual feels comfortable at school. The triune brain theory supports the fact that humans need a supportive environment to meet the needs of their emotions before learning. The guidance counseling program supports the needs of individuals dealing with stress in a confidential and safe environment. The collaborative effort of counselors, teachers, parents, students, staff and administrators will enable our students to be prepared to lead fulfilling lives as independent, balanced, productive global citizens.

For further information contact your counselor, Lori Dietrich at ldietrich@kas.kh.edu.tw

Just the Facts…

Did you know that KAS has a counseling program that is based on the ASCA (American School Counseling Association) model of national counseling standards?  The ASCA model focuses on three domains: Social/Emotional, College/Career and Academics.

A Little Research…

“Counseling services are a necessity in schools–not an extra that can be cut. The Institute of Medicine reports that ‘mental health and psychological services are essential to enabling many students to achieve academically; these (services) should be considered mainstream, not optional services” (Schools and Health, 1997).


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