ACAMIS Peer Learning Network:
Student Wellbeing & Mental Health
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Time: 15:30 - 18:30 (Hong Kong/China Standard Time)


This Professional Learning Network will focus on building networks of professional collaboration amongst school counselors, psychologists and therapists. Our goal in this PLN is to share ideas of best practice in school counseling, consult with each other on challenges our school communities may be facing, and design a path forward towards new possibilities in student care. Please note that this PLN does not serve as a peer supervision group.

Sessions will be facilitated by Aleka Bilan, a long time high school counselor and counseling leader in comprehensive social-emotional as well as college counseling programs. As a professional certified coach and coach trainer, her facilitation style is centered on creating a safe space for participants to learn from each other, through listening, discussing and collaborating. Aleka has worked at ACAMIS and EARCOS member schools during her over a dozen years in Asia; she is currently located in the western United States but works with individuals and schools around the world.

Our sessions will be informed by participant’s input into the pressing issues that are most relevant to them at that time. Counselors are often the lynch pins in the wellbeing of the entire school community, and as such their time is often full and varied. Therefore, we want to make sure that this time together is valuable and serves us all. Guest speakers from around the Asia region will be invited to attend.

This professional learning network is ideal for any person in a counseling, psychologist or therapeutic role on campus in a school community, from the primary through to secondary division levels. This PLN will be focused on student wellbeing, including mental health. We will not be addressing the special education needs of neurodiverse learners or the college/university counseling process.

Meeting Times

15:30 - 18:30 (China Standard Time)

Meeting #1:

September 27, 2022

Grief & Belonging: How are we helping our students to grieve the losses of the past few years while also creating new, inclusive and welcoming spaces for them to belong in our school community?

Meeting #2:

November 22, 2022

Whole Student Wellbeing: How are we supporting students’ maintenance of physical, emotional and mental wellbeing before they enter a crisis intervention mode?

Meeting #3:

March 28, 2023

Finishing Strong: How can we take care of ourselves in ways that strengthen our ability to care for our students in this second half of the year?

Speaker:  Aleka Bilan


Aleka comes from a multi-generational “Third Culture Kid” (TCK) family, and has worked with international high school students for more than 27 years, on four continents. After a dozen years in Asia, where she was the Head of the High School Counseling departments at two large, diverse international schools, she is now a Professional Certified Academic Life Coach based in the United States. 

Aleka helps international students, parents and educators to navigate transitions across cultures. She also presents to international schools and organizations regarding university pre-departure and transition programs. Through all of her professional work, Aleka supports people to develop their inner strengths, successfully transition and thrive. 

A part of the Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN) Management Team, she serves as Director of Communications and hosts the award-winning monthly online gathering, "The Nest." Aleka is also a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), International ACAC, and is an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).


Email communication before the course start date

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Approximately 2-weeks before the start of the course, participants will be emailed a course introduction, instructions for how to participate and a pre-course survey and readings, if applicable.  If you do not receive this email please let us know.