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August 18, 2019

Creating Mindful Practices with Your Whole School

Want to encourage mindful practices throughout your school community? Read more about encouraging schoolwide mindfulness activities & culture!

We’ve all seen the research and know that mindfulness has a whole host of benefits for health and schools. So this raises the question: how can we create a schoolwide culture that values mindfulness? As with any culture shifts, all-staff buy-in and routines are key! Keep reading to find out more about how you can […]

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March 5, 2019

15 Strategies to Help Kids Deal with Stress

Are you working with totally stressed out students in school counseling? Check out these 15 strategies to help kids deal with stress! Stress management for kids is important in elementary school, middle school, and high school. Help kids cope with stress with these 15 stress busting coping skills.

During the second quarter of the school year, I started talking to my seventh graders about stress. We did a simple self-assessment and nearly all of my students were reporting high levels of stress about things like school work and interpersonal problems. This is of course not unique to my students. According to a study […]

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October 15, 2018

10 Ways to Help Students Who Worry

One box I can always count on being checked on the needs assessment is ☑WORRY. Our students are coming to school with worries about friendships, home life, their school performance and so much more. Researchers estimate that nearly 32% of adolescents (ages 13-18) experience an anxiety disorder. Additionally, in a survey of children aged 10-11 in England […]

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September 10, 2018

Ditch the Desks: Get Your Students Up and Moving in Your Counseling Lessons

Get your students moving during counseling lessons! Maximize engagement with hands-on movement based counseling activities for retention and student buy-in.

If you find yourself reaching for worksheets for classroom guidance lessons and you’re noticing that students are lacking interest or engagement, it’s time to ditch the desks! Getting your students moving to learn and practice the skills you’re targeting in counseling instruction will boost engagement and have your students begging for more classroom guidance time. […]

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April 30, 2018

Pipe Cleaner Crafts for School Counseling

Help your students self monitor their progress towards goals, track feelings, manage worries and more with these pipe cleaner crafts that are perfect for school counseling!

Pipe cleaners are one of my go-to craft supplies for the counseling office. They’re so versatile, easy to store, and students love to create things with them or just keep their hands busy. While they are great for demonstrating flexibility, they have so many more uses from keeping students’ fingers busy to tracking progress toward […]

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April 2, 2018

Supporting Military Students During Deployment

Do you have military students with a deployed parent? Set up systems within your school to support military students during deployment by being mindful of changes, creating supporting relationships, and making appropriate referrals.

If you’re a counselor in an area with a dense military population, you’re acutely aware of the ongoing military engagements around the world and the effects these long periods of parental absence have on students. Sometimes, families move away from military installations to be closer to supportive extended family during deployments. In this case, some […]

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