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...

How to Use Social Emotional Learning Worksheets and Counseling Journals

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How to Use Social Emotional Learning Worksheets and Counseling Journals

I am a firm believer in hands-on, engaging games and activities, but occasionally I like to use social emotional learning worksheets to help reinforce concepts or promote self-reflection in students. A great way to do this is by using a collection of worksheets or journals in small groups or with individual students. Gratitude Journals Gratitude journals are a great way to help students with perspective taking and assessing the size of their problems. Reflecting on what they are thankful for minimizes seemingly large problems. This is a great practice to do with students not only at Thanksgiving but all year...

Social Emotional Learning Activities for Elementary School

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Social Emotional Learning Activities for Elementary School

Social emotional learning is an essential component of today's education landscape. Before we can expect children to succeed academically, we must first equip them with the social-emotional skills needed to manage their emotions and interact with their peers. As school counselors we are responsible for SEL instruction through our class lessons, small groups, and individual sessions. There are many topics included in social emotional learning, but three main components are social skills, friendship, and self-control. Social Skills - Social Emotional Learning Activities for Elementary School I love to teach social skills! Some students need more explicit instruction like how to...

7 Ways to Use Games in Small Groups

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7 Ways to Use Games in Small Groups

If you know me or have been following my posts, you would know that groups are my favorite way to see students because I can reach more kids at once and they tend to open up more in a group setting rather than in a one-on-one session. For students, one of their top reasons for liking small group counseling is because they get to play a plethora of games, week after week! They have fun while learning so it's a win-win situation for everybody, right? That said, I have encountered elementary counselors who are not too confident when it comes...

4 Must-Have Small Groups for BTS Season

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4 Must-Have Small Groups for BTS Season

You're on vacation and the last thing you want to think about is going back to school. Perfectly understandable! But save this blog post for when school is back in session, you're going to need it! The beginning of the school year is typically pretty slow, and if you know how much of an organization nerd I am, you would know that in my years of experience as a school counselor, I have found value in setting aside time during the first two weeks to prep, prep, prep! While our SEL/counseling curriculum roadmaps in August might not be completely accurate,...

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...

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...

Everything you Need to Know about Small Group Counseling

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Everything you Need to Know about Small Group Counseling

Groups are my favorite part of school counseling but they can be stressful if you don't have the right systems in place. I'm here to get you prepped before back to school season by sharing some of my go-to small group strategies. Everything You Need to Know About Small Group Referral Forms Option 1: Create a Paper Referral Form Keep it simple! Here are the basics you'll need: Student name Teacher name Grade level Area of need (ex: friendships, social skills) Severity level (low, medium, high) Type of counseling preferred (group, individual) How to send them out: Distribute them at...

Small Group Counseling: 4 Strategies for School Counselors

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Small Group Counseling: 4 Strategies for School Counselors

I LOVE leading small groups. They are my favorite part of school counseling. Check out these 4 strategies on how to form a small group, create engaging lessons, track data, and facilitate with ease. 1. Sizing and Scheduling Small Groups Small groups work best when they are actually small. Who knew!? I have had groups as large as 10 but prefer to keep around 5 or 6 and when they are little ones maybe even groups of 3. Keep in mind your behavior management skills when selecting group sizes. And use common sense, if the topic is self-control you may...

10 Ways to Modify Small Groups to Use During Distance Learning

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10 Ways to Modify Small Groups to Use During Distance Learning

Virtual school counseling small groups. Check out these tips on how to modify school counseling small groups to use during distance learning.

5 Small Groups to Start in January

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5 Small Groups to Start in January

5 school counseling groups to start in January. Start the new semester off right with groups on goal setting, stress management, growth mindset, conflict resolution, and self-esteem.

How to Plan an Elementary Relational Aggression Small Group

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How to Plan an Elementary Relational Aggression Small Group

Plan a relational aggression small group for elementary girls with these tips. This blog post for elementary school counselors shares who should be in your group, suggested activities, and resources for identifying, self-reflecting, and cooperating to prevent relational aggression and girl bullying. It also covers data collection and how to take preventative measures.