Category Archives for "Group Counseling"

March 19, 2018

5 Ways to Reframe Negative Thoughts

Empower students to escape negative thinking traps by guiding them to reframe negative thoughts. Once students identify these cognitive distortions, real change can begin. These thoughts hold them back and keep them from their full potential. In cognitive behavioral therapy, there are dozens of thinking errors that cause the mind to believe things that are […]

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March 16, 2018

How do you use non-counseling games in counseling?

How often do you grab the Ungame off the shelf? What about Uno or Jenga? We know who wins that contest. Non-counseling games can be such great tools in the office. They engage students immediately, game play is familiar, and you can cover tons of different topics with the same game. I’m sold. [su_divider top=”no” […]

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March 12, 2018

5 Ways to Use Dominoes in School Counseling

Who loves dominoes? No, I don’t mean the pizza but the traditional game with black dots on white rectangular game pieces. For the price of a box of pizza, you can use dominoes in school counseling in these 5 creative ways. Icebreakers Flip dominoes upside down and have students choose one. Then they count the […]

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March 8, 2018

How do you manage relational aggression?

Relational aggression can quickly take up a lot of a school counselor’s time and leave young girls frustrated and hurt. We’ve all had crying girls in our office trying to decipher the nuance of the slight that occurred. The silver lining is that it does provide us with regular opportunities to work on healthy relationships […]

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February 5, 2018

Facilitating Psychoeducational Groups in Schools

planning and facilitating a psychoeducational group as part of a comprehensive school counseling program

One of my professional goals for this year is to keep refining my school counseling support groups. To do this, I’ve been compiling the latest and greatest best practice psychoeducational group counseling tips and techniques. Now, I’d like to share this essential group counseling information with you!   So, let’s start off with a definition- what […]

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January 26, 2018

What’s the secret for successful small group counseling?

Secrete to making small group counseling effective

Small group counseling is an essential part of a school counselor’s role, and boy is it tough. Facilitating useful small groups goes beyond meeting over lunch. Some confident counselors have tips for how they keep things purposeful, effective, and fun. [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] Know Your Purpose I get asked […]

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January 22, 2018

Using Mindfulness In School Counseling

These mindfulness resources and strategies are great additions to your individual, small group and classroom counseling lessons.

Mindfulness is popping up everywhere nowadays. As a school based counselor, teaching students to focus on the present moment and acknowledge their thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental way seems like a dream. Better yet, there is research to prove that it can decrease behavioral problems, decrease symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, and increase […]

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