So you finally landed the job out of grad school and are ready to start as a Certified School Counselor. Congrats! It's a difficult profession but you will make a difference in the lives of children, hooray for you! One thing about starting a new job is that you can feel like there is so much to learn and not enough time. Now that I have a few years into the profession, I find myself saying "I ... Read More about 5 Things I wish I knew as a new School Counselor
Small group counseling is one of my favorite parts of being a School Counselor. I know it can feel like a daunting task in the beginning. The hardest part is the prep before you even start meeting with kids. It can often deter Counselors from doing group counseling, and instead see students individually. However, when you are in a big school and/or have a large caseload, group counseling can ... Read More about 7 Steps to starting small group counseling
Thinking of starting to use Mindfulness in your classroom or school? Great idea because mindfulness in your classroom can assist in focusing your students’ attention (and who doesn't need that?). This is because mindfulness teaches you to be more aware and focus on the present. Start here with some free resources: Calm.com https://www.calm.com/ This is one of my favorite sites on ... Read More about 10 FREE Mindfulness Resources
"My child is being bullied". It gets an immediate reaction of shock and sadness, as it should. As an educator, we hear the word bullying on a DAILY basis and 9 times out of 10 it is not bullying. Usually, it is a mean behavior, bad choice, or misunderstanding. The term "bullying" has become the word to describe any mean behavior. The problem with the overuse of the word is that it can desensitize ... Read More about Not everything is Bullying (and why it is important to know the difference).
World Peace Day is on September 21 and during that whole week, we celebrate Peace Week. Since it is towards the beginning of the school year, what a perfect time to highlight a great topic like peace. You can focus on bringing peace to the world, to your community, to your school or class, and/or to yourself. Peaceful behavior can include showing empathy, resolving conflicts, showing kindness, ... Read More about Ideas to celebrate Peace Week