Category: Counseling Program

Summer Reading For School Counselors (Part 1)

I have several lists for you about summer reading for school counselors.  This is part 1 of a 3 part series. Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading.  If you are like me, you’re not just reading books for professional growth, but you are also reading

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Easing Test Anxiety and Stress as a School Counselor

Help!  Our kids are stressing about the test! Have you heard this plea from the teachers in your building?  I know I have!  Because I don’t have my own classroom, it’s also hard to sometimes address this on a full-scale need.  There are some kids that always seem to be

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5 Tips For Starting A GSA At Your Middle School

A few months ago, a couple of my students asked me if I would talk to my administration to see if we would be able to start a GSA–or Gender-Sexuality Alliance also known as Gay-Straight Alliance.  They wanted to have a place for students to come together in a safe place

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20 Ways To Increase Self Esteem

Most students I see, whether it’s for a social skills group, drama problems, academic troubles, family groups, or friendship issues, all seem to have one thing in common.  Their self-confidence has taken a hit somewhere along the line.  If we can help them to feel better about themselves, then we

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Keeping Your Counselor To Do List Organized

If you have ever walked into my office, you would have most likely seen a mountain of post it notes.  I mean they were everywhere, with little reminders of what I need to accomplish, call, or see that day. Those days are over.  O.V.E.R. Here’s my desk today.   Notice

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5 Ways To Use Timelines in Counseling

When I was in grad school a million years ago, we often used timelines when talking with clients.  When I began working as a school counselor, primarily with juniors and seniors and concentrating on the college admission process, I rarely pulled out the timeline.  Working again at a middle school,

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Keeping Track of Counseling Notes

This year I have several students that I need to see for counseling that is on their IEP of 504 plan.  Because these students have goals, I needed to be able to track the progress they make while in counseling.  As a result I created these forms.     This

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Getting Gritty with 8th Grade

When the 8th grade team asked me on Monday if I wanted to come in and talk with the entire 8th grade I jumped at my chance to get into the classroom.  Today was a half day and I was given the entire 8th grade (71 students) for 77 minutes.Basically

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