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

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 17, 2018

College and Career Activities for Middle School

Discovering interests, exploring careers, and learning about colleges are ways to help middle school students become college and career ready.

Middle school students are my favorite! All that energy and enthusiasm. They are like sponges, just soaking up new ideas and wanting to know more! According to recent research, middle school is the prime time to promote college and career readiness. Getting students to envision their lives five or ten years down the road is […]

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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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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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October 3, 2018

3 Tier Comprehensive School Counseling

3 Tier School Counseling

You have a lot on your plate as a school counselor and more on your to-do list than time. Even if you could work into the night, your students are only there a limited amount of time. So how do you make the most of the short time you have with students each day?  By […]

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October 1, 2018

Empower Students to Report Bullying

Empower students to report bullying and control their reactions

Bullying happens everywhere. Bullies can be big or small, young or old. Recognizing a bully and taking away their power is a life skill that everyone needs to know and practice. In order to prepare our students for a world with bullies in it, we need to empower students to report bullying and control their […]

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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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