Indirect vs Direct Student Services: A Guide for School Counselors

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Indirect vs Direct Student Services: A Guide for School Counselors

As counselors we know that working directly with the kiddos is the best part! But, there's some backend tasks that are also essential to running a smooth school counseling program. I referenced the ASCA School Counselor Professional Standards & Competencies to determine how to distribute and focus our efforts so we can maximize student success! How School Counselors can Provide Indirect Student Services B-SS 1. Design and implement instruction aligned to the ASCA Student Standards: Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success in large-group, classroom, small-group and individual settings Reference the ASCA Student Standards: Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success when...

A 4 Step Guide to Successfully Terminating Individual and Group Counseling Sessions

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A 4 Step Guide to Successfully Terminating Individual and Group Counseling Sessions

Goodbyes are never easy and yet, it is important to remember that one of the main goals in counseling is to support our clients for a specific amount of time, helping them develop the necessary skills needed to navigate and better maneuver their lives independently when the time for termination comes. That said, being their school counselor and most likely the one person they feel safest and most vulnerable with at school, it might not be the easiest for some of these littles to say goodbye to you. Therefore, the responsibility is on us as counselors to ensure the termination...

3 Strategies to Help you Improve your Individual Counseling Sessions

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3 Strategies to Help you Improve your Individual Counseling Sessions

Individual counseling sessions can feel overwhelming, but they don't have to be! Check out these three strategies to simplify your one-on-one counseling sessions. 1. Individual Counseling Strategy: Plan for a Successful Session Having a plan makes everything easier right? I'm such a planner. (Confession: I even read the menu before I go to a restaurant so I can plan what to order!) With individual counseling, taking the time to plan out your sessions in advance will save you so much time and stress in the long run. Start by writing outlines of what you'll cover in each session and which...

6 Meaningful Ways to Help Students Navigate Grief in Individual and Group Counseling Sessions

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6 Meaningful Ways to Help Students Navigate Grief in Individual and Group Counseling Sessions

The past year and a half has been hard on us all, to say the very least. We have all experienced losses we were not prepared for. With the pandemic far from over and newer complexities arising daily, we continue to grieve. Many of our students have lost loved ones too, and now more than ever, grief counseling is the need of the hour, especially in our schools. That's where you and I come in. Grief, of course, is not limited to death alone but could also be related to divorce, incarceration, or transition. Grief is never a fun topic...

10 Impactful Tools To Use In Individual Counseling Sessions

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10 Impactful Tools To Use In Individual Counseling Sessions

How strong is your individual counseling game? One thing I often find among school counselors is that a lot of them seem more comfortable planning and delivering Tier 1 and Tier 2 SEL lessons, but when it comes to individual counseling, it turns out a good number of them don't find these sessions easy or fun to plan or facilitate. I have to admit, when I started out as a school counselor, I was also part of this club. However, with time, research, experimentation, and practice, I have come to enjoy planning and running individual sessions too! If you're looking...

Individual Counseling: A Guide for School Counselors

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Individual Counseling: A Guide for School Counselors

Individual counseling often gets overlooked because it doesn't require as much collaboration or planning as small groups and class lessons do. It is so much more than just chatting with students. Individual counseling is your top tier intervention. These are your kiddos who need the most support so I want to make sure you feel prepared to help them! Getting Started with Individual Counseling Before you can get started, it's essential to determine who to see, when to see them, and how to get organized. Which students to see Individual counseling is reserved for your tier 3 students. These students...

How to Deliver MTSS Counseling Services Virtually

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How to Deliver MTSS Counseling Services Virtually

This blog post discusses the 3 tiers of delivering MTSS Counseling Services virtually.

How to Use Boom Cards in School Counseling

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How to Use Boom Cards in School Counseling

How to use boom cards in school counseling. Check out this blog post for ideas on how to use boom cards and the boom learning platform with your students during distance learning. I explain step by step how to use send your students school counseling activity boom cards via Google Classroom.

How to Create a Behavior Plan in a Pinch!

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How to Create a Behavior Plan in a Pinch!

Tips for creating a behavior plan in a pinch! Learn how to easily create a behavior plan, behavior schedule, and a behavior chart in under 10 minutes. School counselors and behavior therapists will find these easy to implement behavior intervention resources helpful.

4 Ways to Teach Size of the Problem to Elementary Students

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4 Ways to Teach Size of the Problem to Elementary Students

These quick ideas will help your elementary school students better understand the size of their problems. Helping students identify the size of their problems and how to determine appropriate reaction sizes is one of my favorite things to do as an elementary school counselor.

How to Use The Zones of Regulation® in School Counseling

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How to Use The Zones of Regulation® in School Counseling

In this post I share Zones of Regulation® activities, games, and lessons to use in elementary school. Plus what you can do so your school has a common language around self-regulation. If you are currently using or thinking about using the Zones of Regulation counseling curriculum you have to check out this post!

First Year School Counselors: Start Here!

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First Year School Counselors: Start Here!

How to plan elementary school counseling small groups, character education guidance lessons, and individual sessions. A guide for first year elementary school counselors.