Inspired by reading Counselor Keri’s “Five Ways To Use Coffee Filters In School Counseling,” I excitedly went through my resources and office supplies to create and share 5 ways counselors can use tissue boxes in counseling. The recycled tissue boxes below can be used both as craft projects and/or therapeutic tools in groups and individual sessions.
Self-Esteem Magazine Collage Box
Students can create a place to store affirmations, therapeutic letters, awards, and mementoes that help influence one’s sense of pride. It also serves as a nice decoration piece for your desk. This activity will take several sessions to finish, but is well worth the time prompting discussion on building self-worth.
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I am constantly on the hunt for affordable craft supplies to use in counseling lessons and small groups. I troll the dollar aisles of all my favorite stores squirreling away supplies for the perfect lesson. After a visit to a Pre-K classroom decorated with beautiful, unique coffee filter snowflakes, I expanded my craft supply search to the kitchen aisle! Coffee filters are the perfect, affordable supply to jazz up your counseling lessons. Here are 5 ways that I use these dual-purpose gems:
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Blog Posts for School Counselors
From all reaches of the interwebs and school counseling offices large and closet-sized, our round-up of September Blog posts from some brilliant, confident, gorgeous counselors, teachers, and parents.
New Students & Small Groups
How to Welcome New Students from Exploring School Counseling. Jeannie has a simple free activity that you can download for new student groups.
Helping Students Transition to a New School from The School Counselor Is In. Jodi has put together a free new student brochure to help you get those kiddos acquainted with their new school.
Fun Ways to Welcome New Students from The Helpful Counselor. Heather has packed this post with freebies that are oh-so-helpful and fun for counselors running new student groups.
How to Welcome New Students from EduKate & Inspire. We love Kate’s New Student Banner that’s free to download.
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16 Tips for Organizing and Running Small Group Counseling
Small group counseling can be a useful and effective intervention in a school counselor’s repertoire. But, woah can they be challenging to organize and run at first. With over 100 years of practice between all of us, we figured some of our tested tips would be mighty handy as you are beginning or considering your groups. Please contribute some of your tips in the comments below so we all walk more confidently into that room of five defiant third grade boys needing some support with impulse control.
Organizing: Permission Slips, Schedules, Session Plans. Ugh.
Don’t be tempted to make large group sizes in order to allow more students in a group. Think about your space, the personalities and behaviors of the students in the group and the activities planned. – Counselor Up
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