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November 2, 2018

Strategies for When Teachers Over Refer Students

How do you handle school counseling referrals? How about a teacher who refers students all the time? Check out these tips from Confident Counselors on how to help a teacher make better referrals for school counseling services.

Part of tiered school counseling services are school counseling referrals from teachers. Getting teachers to make referrals can be a challenge. You can also have teachers who refer way more students than they should. Check out these tips from Laura and Rebecca for how to work with teachers to make necessary referrals.Work With ThemI often […]

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October 31, 2018

Self Regulation Counseling Activities

self regulation activities for school counseling. How do you teach students to regulate their emotions and actions. Emotion regulation is a difficult skill and students benefit from explicit teaching to learning to identify feelings, learn coping strategies, and determine how to manage their feelings.

Self regulation is a key skill for students (and adults). As school counselors, we have a great opportunity to target these skills in the classroom, small groups, and in individual counseling. Keep reading for ideas for self regulation counseling activities from 5 Confident Counselors.Build a PlanMost students who were referred to me for counseling struggled […]

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October 5, 2018

Books and Resources for Bullying Prevention Lessons

Bullying prevention is a regular part of a school counselor's job. It is necessary to have bullying resources and books about bullying on hand in your office. These Confident Counselors share their favorite resources to address bullying in small group, whole class, and other school counseling lessons.

Bullying is something school counselors address in whole class lessons, small groups, individual counseling, and in quick emergency sessions. It is helpful to have books and resources for bullying prevention lessons and conversations you can pull off the shelf whenever you need them. What’s on your list? Check out these Confident Counselors’ suggestions and share […]

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September 28, 2018

What Do You Do When Students Don’t Want To Be In Group?

Students refusing small group counseling can be a challenge. 5 Confident Counselors give tips for how to get students on board and still provide effective services.

Have you had students who do not want to come to small group counseling? They seem resistant immediately. Sometimes it takes some flexibility, creativity, and perspective taking on our parts. Check out tips from these five Confident Counselors.Make AdjustmentsSometimes group members are resistant to participating in the group sessions. It is important to address this […]

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September 21, 2018

Creative School Counseling Bulletin Boards

Do you put up school counseling bulletin boards? Do you have boards on growth mindset, friendship, or your school motto? Let's share ideas for bulletin boards!

I love seeing creative, engaging, and interactive school counseling bulletin boards. There are so many great ideas. Check out some Confident Counselors favorites and share your favorite school counseling bulletin boards on Instagram using the hashtag #confidentcounselorsbulletinboards. Interactive and All YearI think the best bulletin boards are the ones you can leave up all year […]

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September 19, 2018

What Parent Events Have You Done At Your School?

As a school counselor what parent events have you done? Running parent events can be a great way for a school counselor to extend and reinforce their school counseling program. Here are some ideas for parent events school counselors can run.

Do you host parents events at your school? Are you thinking about it? Parents events can be a great way to build community, extend your school counseling program, and provide services for families.Regular ProgrammingThis year, I was trained on the “7 Habits of Highly Successful Families”. I think this is spot on for our district. […]

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September 7, 2018

School Counselors, Do You Lead Student Clubs?

Student clubs and groups can be an excellent way for school counselors to connect with students, target their counseling program, and meet school needs.

Student clubs can be an excellent way to connect with students, expand your school counseling program, and address a school wide need. What clubs have you organized or led?Peer LeadersWhen I was working in a grades 7-8 school, I co-led a Peer Leaders club. We trained students to be positive influences on their peers, stand […]

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August 31, 2018

What do you do for back to school night?

As a school counselor what do you do for back to school night? Do you give a presentation about your school counseling program, set up a booth where parents can ask questions about the roles of a school counselor?

What do you do for back to school night or open house at your school? Do you give a presentation, visit classrooms, setup a table or booth? This is a great opportunity to provide parents with information, be a familiar face, and advocate for your role. Presentation & TableFor Back to School Night, I present my […]

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