Prefectural Advisor System in Shimane

The Prefectural Advisor (PA) System was originally created in 1991 to help better support the participants of the JET Programme.

The four PAs work together to try to help resolve problems to ensure smooth running of the Shimane JET Programme. Your PA Team has training, experience and knowledge of Japanese culture, language, workplaces and education that you can draw on to make your decisions and address problems.

Please feel free to contact any us anytime, regardless of our proximity to you in the prefecture.

What Do PAs Do?

Shimane’s Prefectural Advisors provide a variety of services for JETs, the most important of which are listed below.

Counseling

Living and working as a foreigner in Shimane can become stressful at times. Problems can be furthered by culture shock, language difficulties and winter.
Your PAs can offer basic counseling services to help you overcome these difficulties if and when they arise. You can talk to us about culture shock, burnout, depression, stressful situations, major decisions such as recontracting, or whatever is on your mind! 

Confidentiality is strictly upheld in all counseling situations. The only exception to this is if a JET poses an imminent threat to themselves or others.

Consultation/Information

You can also consult your PAs when addressing problems that are work-related or arise from cultural differences, educational differences, or any other practical problems that you encounter. Things that you can talk to us about include contracts, holidays, team-teaching, work relations, cultural relations, communication problems etc.

Mediation

If you face a dispute with another party, for example a fellow JET or a supervisor, your PAs can offer mediation services to ensure effective communication and dialog to help address the problem. We can also offer a listening ear and advice on approaching the problem. If all parties agree we can also offer our services in person to the parties involved. This would involve identifying common and individual needs, and then ways to achieve as many of them as possible. During mediation, PAs represent all parties involved and therefore cannot assure confidentiality.

Crisis Response and Management

Although it is best to contact us during normal working hours or schedule an appointment, if a crisis situation or emergency occurs, you can contact us immediately and at any time. Such situations could include medical emergencies, crime incidents, bereavement, natural disaster, physical or mental trauma and personal crises, including suicidal or violent thoughts. We will try to help you manage and deal with any such crises.

***It’s important to note however that PAs are not professional counselors. In a case where a PA feel the situation requires more expertise the PA will, with your consent, help arrange for a refferal to an appropriate professional.***

The BB

The PAs send a week e-mail newsletter called The Shimane Bulletin Board or ‘The BB” to help clarify work related happenings, legal information that affects you, and event information. We are always trying to make The BB better and more interesting, so if you have anything you would like included, feel free to send it to any one of the PAs.

The Shimane JET Calandar

This is a Google Calendar with both PA’s availability during office hours, important JET events, as well as events, exhibits and other interesting things happening across the Prefecture. If you have an event to share, please let one of the PAs know!

Types of PA

JET Prefectural Advisors: The role of Prefectural Advisor is to provide counseling, consultation, and mediation directly to other JET participants. The Prefectural Advisors also are the organizers of Orientations, Skills Development Conferences, and Opinion Exchange Meetings. Both JET-PAs have duties outside of their roles as PA.

Japanese Prefectural Advisor:  The Japanese PA is also primarily in charge of communicating with your BOEs regarding Conferences and other important annoucements from CLAIR, MEXT, collecting and collating paper work and administrative work. They are also the first port of call for supervisors/schools to contact when there is a problem with a JET. The Japanese PA and the JET-PAs work closely throughout the year.

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