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School Counselor: Advocating for Your Role

Advocating for the Role of a School CounselorWhat do school counselors do? As professionals, we are continually answering this question as we advocate for our profession. To promote advocacy, the American School Counselor Association suggests to “speak up, reach out, and always use your data.” Counselors sometimes feel uncomfortable as they try to show their worth as a school counselor, but advocacy is necessary and will ultimately demonstrate how students are different because of what school counselors do. Here are some excellent tips and resources from Confident Counselors to assist you in advocating for your profession.

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Advocacy, Monthly CCC Tips, School Culture

Creating a Culture of Kindness

Creating a Culture of Kindness: Tips for School CounselorsCreating a Culture of Kindness

I recently saw a video on Facebook about two apples. Two apples you are probably thinking? Stay with me. On the outside these two apples looked the same, shiny and red. However, once the apples were opened, they were not the same. One was healthy looking and the other bruised. What a powerful moment. I wanted to share this with my students to teach the old saying “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” as illustrated with the apples.  This example of not judging others applies to creating a culture of kindness. We cannot tell what challenges a person is going through just by looking at them, which is why it is so important to be kind to everyone all of the time. A simple act of kindness can change someone’s day and even inspire that person to pass it on.

Here are some tips and resources you can use in order to promote a culture of kindness in your school.

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Kindness, Monthly CCC Tips, School Culture

Multicultural Counseling

Multicultural Counseling: Tips for School CounselorsThe amazing thing about being a school counselor is having the opportunity to work with all students in your building. Every student who walks in our building has the right to feel safe, accepted, and ready to learn. When working with culturally and linguistically diverse students, we need to expand our skills to incorporate an understanding of little people who may be different than us. Here are some tips to get started.

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Diversity, Monthly CCC Tips

January Product Finds

January Product Finds

Product Finds for January. Click any image to see the product. Happy New Year!

Kids Helping OthersKids Helping Others: A Service Club Starter Kit from School Counseling Files. Are you looking for a way to help students develop a sense of responsibility and the ability to put themselves in someone else’s shoes? To turn them into active problem-solvers? Try starting a service learning club in your school! Read More »

Friday Finds

Confident Counselors’ Resolutions

Confident Counselors' ResolutionsThere is something magical about the way a new year can feel like a clean slate. In schools, we are pretty lucky because we get this clean slate twice a year. As we head back to school this week, we are working on resolutions, not just our students, but for ourselves. What are your personal and professional resolutions for the new year?

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Monthly CCC Tips, Setting Goals

Tips for Setting Goals with Students

Tips for Setting Goals with Students

As counselors, we are constantly trying to help students make progress academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. We know how necessary it is to use effective techniques to help students set goals, break them into manageable tasks, and track those goals. Here are a few tips and resources that may be helpful as we begin 2017.

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Monthly CCC Tips, Setting Goals

Growth Mindset: Tips for School Counselors

blog-growth-mindsetTeaching & Encouraging Growth Mindset

Growth mindset, from Dr. Carol Dweck, is a revolutionarily simple yet often misunderstood concept. Teaching and encouraging a growth mindset in students is school counselor territory. In our school, it is essential that we understand the foundational concepts so we can support implementation and work effectively with our students. Confident Counselors are ready with some pointers and words of wisdom from their own practice.

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Growth Mindset, Monthly CCC Tips

Five Friday Finds: Cyber Bullying

Cyberbullying resources

 

Great print and go resources to use in classrooms and small groups.

  1. Cyber Bullying Handouts,Visual Aids, and Activities from Counselor Keri. 
  2. Cyber Smarts Bundle from Carol Miller, The Middle School Counselor. 
  3. Cyber Bullying Scoot Game from School Counseling is Magical 
  4. Internet Safety, Social Media, Technology Addiction and Online Reputation from The Counseling Teacher
  5. Cyber Bullying Videos to use for presentations and discussions. Great site filled with resources for educators, parents and teens.
Friday Finds