75 Free School Counseling Resources

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A day in the life of a school counselor is never easy. We never know what’s going to come our way, and as confident counselors, we like to have resources at our fingertips. I stay efficient and organized with things like an easy reference phone list, a binder of community resources and referrals, and an online list of resources. To help you maximize your time, resources, and budget, compiled below is a list of 75 free school counseling resources to help you support students and families.

Attendance

  • Attendance Works provides toolkits, videos, and webinars to help you improve attendance.

Autism

  • Sesame Street shares great materials on autism. I love their character, Julia, and there are videos, tips to support families, and daily routine cards.
  • Help promote student understanding of autism with these awareness worksheets from Autism Educators.
  • Grab some emotions picture cards to use with your students from Educate Autism.

Behavior Interventions and Crisis Intervention

Bullying and online safety

Counselors of TpT

  • Meet the Counselors of Tpt by viewing this e-book, and snag a freebie on every page. Resources for counselors, created by counselors.

Family-related issues

Grief

Growth Mindset



Kindness

LGBTQ

Mindfulness

Self-care

  • It seems like we all need a bright moment in our day. Receive a daily positive message and encouragement with a Shine text.
  • The self-care starter kit will get you thinking … and healing.

Self-Injury

Social Emotional Learning

  • The SEL lessons at Teaching Tolerance can make weekly planning easier.
  • Sesame Street Breathe, Think, Do app for devices provides an awesome way for kids to work through 5 scenarios, deep breathe, and problem solve.
  • There’s a lot to learn from the Howard B. Wigglebottom books, lessons, and activities.  
  • Help students develop emotional regulation with the Settle Your Glitter app.
  • Keep building emotional awareness with the Touch and Learn Emotions app.
  • Character Playbook has cool visual stories on healthy relationships, SEL, and positive character development for secondary students.
  • Build relationships with the Positivity Project. This school-wide program emphasizes #otherpeoplematter by focusing on 24 character strengths stemming from positive psychology.
  • Find more K-12 character education lessons from character.org.
  • Check out the empowerment and confidence-building resources at the Inner Rainbow Project.
  • This free K-12 curriculum from the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement ™ helps students become “connected, resilient, and empowered.” Who doesn’t love that?
  • Peer Mediators provides a free curriculum that includes program implementation guide, trainer’s manual, student workbook.
  • Empathy videos at Class Dojo are a hit with students.

Suicide Prevention

Substance Abuse

Trauma, Abuse, & Safety Prevention

  • I might print out this Child Trauma Toolkit for all my educator colleagues because it discusses the psychological and behavioral impact of trauma, and provides suggestions for educators on how to help.
  • Find hotline/chat support, parent/student safety & prevention information, including social media safety, over at RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).
  • The Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO™) is an incredible resource that is freely accessible to anyone.
  • Looking for something to supplement a presentation? Check out the presentation graphics on ACES.
  • National Children’s Advocacy Center Virtual Training Center provides online training on a variety of topics related to abuse and maltreatment of youth.
  • KidSmartz brings more options for safety and prevention lessons.
  • Sesame Street shares videos, activities, and coping skills ideas for traumatic experiences.
  • The National Human Trafficking Hotline provides training videos and a resource guide for schools.
  • Complex Trauma: Facts for Educators should be in everyone’s resource library. It offers concrete suggestions as to how students can be supported.
  • This crisis resource guide provides information on supporting youth in a variety of crisis situations.

Do you have a great free resource for counselors that I missed? Don’t keep it to yourself – comment below!

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75 Free School Counseling Resources

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