A collaborative blog written by school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers.

April 29, 2019

Keeping Individual School Counseling Short-Term

Keeping individual counseling short term as a school counselor with these 6 tips. Stop being rigid about how many sessions and start putting student goals at the center of individual counseling.

As a school counselor or other mental health provider in a school, you rarely have the resources to see students in individual counseling long-term. You also might not be trained to handle more chronic psychological disorders. This is why ASCA recommends that you only use individual school counseling short-term as a responsive service for acute […]

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April 24, 2019

Creative Ways School Counselors Can Involve Parents

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Involving parents in your school counseling program and in the school in general can often get overlooked. I remember the story of a principal who had a student absentee problem. When she dug deeper, she realized that students were missing school because they didn’t have clean uniforms. So, she at her parent nights, she had […]

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April 22, 2019

Building Positive Thinking In Students

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Positive thinking can be the difference between a student persisting with a challenging activity and stopping too soon. As counselors, we can directly work on building a student’s positive thinking, and give them the skills to be resilient when faced with challenges.Identify & Replace Negative ThinkingI focus on two things when building a student’s positive […]

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March 26, 2019

Fidgets are Tools, Not Toys

Fidget tools in the classroom

After fidget spinners came on the scene, teachers began banning self-regulation tools from the classroom. Students misused them and teachers weren’t prepared for them. These tools get a bad rap when not used properly. Without clear usage rules, they can be a disaster and a distraction. With an effective management plan, using fidget tools in […]

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March 17, 2019

5 Strategies for Testing Taking Success

Testing season can be the cause of anxiety and frustration for students and teachers alike. As school counselors, we have the unique ability to help prepare our students for test success in a multitude of ways. In addition to helping reinforce test-taking skills, we can teach students how to handle and cope with the big […]

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March 14, 2019

Test Anxiety: Activities and Ideas That Help

Activities to support students with test anxiety.

High stakes state testing can generate a lot of anxiety for students and adults alike. Counselors are uniquely prepared to support students so they have the strategies to manage this anxiety and do the best they can. Five Confident Counselors share their go-to activities and ideas for testing season.Positive Thinking & Calming StrategiesDuring testing season, […]

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March 10, 2019

Teaching Expected and Unexpected Behaviors

Although our work as school counselors can be very rewarding, it can also be frustrating! One of the things I have always found most frustrating is working with children who don’t seem to care at all about how their behavior affects others. They just don’t seem to realize that their behavior can have such a […]

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