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January 31, 2018

Handling Uncomfortable Conversations with Staff and Parents

uncomfortable conversations with staff and parents are a part of school counselor's jobs. A few tips to make these awkward, but important conversations easier.

I have a saying, “If it’s uncomfortable, give it to the counselor.”   Any time that an awkward or uncomfortable conversation needs to take place with a parent, staff member, or volunteer, counselors are called to use our skills to smooth the way for those involved.   Uncomfortable conversations include discussing parenting skills, classroom management, […]

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December 15, 2017

Conversations: What is the best gift you ever received from a student?

My guess is that it isn’t one from the Yankee Candle collection in your garage. Often, the best gifts from students are ones you can’t hold. <3 [su_divider top=”no” style=”double” divider_color=”#af1c1c” link_color=”#000000″] [su_divider top=”no” style=”dashed” divider_color=”#af1c1c” link_color=”#000000″][/su_divider] The best gift I’ve ever received from a student was actually from the grandmother of my student after he […]

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November 3, 2017

Conversations: Confidentiality in School Counseling

What do you share with parents, teachers or your administration about a student’s progress or participation in school counseling services? Is your confidentiality policy considerate of student trust as well as student growth?   [su_divider top=”no” style=”double” divider_color=”#5D94CD” link_color=”#000000″] All or Nothing Confidentiality Policies Limit Progress Confidentiality is there to build trust and rapport while […]

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October 22, 2017

Conversations: Addressing Cutting and Self-Harm

Addressing Cutting Behaviors Cutting and other non-suicidal self-harm behaviors are signs of situations in need of immediate attention. School counselors are often among the first to become aware of these behaviors and have an opportunity to respond quickly and effectively. Robyn from Mental Fills, Laura from Social Emotional Workshop, and Carol Miller, The Middle School […]

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October 20, 2017

Conversations: Tips and Tricks for Behavior Plans

What are your tips and tricks for behavior plans?   Data Driven Behavior Plans Behavior plans should be developed with a team who knows the students best (e.g., school staff, parents, and even the student!). The first step to an effective behavior plan is a thorough Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA). This determines the antecedents, target […]

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