Peer Mediation Tournament for Middle & High School Students
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5M ago
Are you a high school counselor coordinating a peer mediation program?  Running a peer mediation program has been a joy for me and these students make a difference in our school.  However, I find that my students' skills are often underappreciated.  In 2008, I joined the Association for Conflict Resolution and met some really fantastic conflict resolution trainers and specialists who turned me on to the idea of peer mediation tournaments.  Since 2008, I have had the privilege of judging many college tournaments and coaching students in tournaments. Now, I am coordinating ..read more
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Top School Counseling Posts - 2023
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5M ago
Happy New Year, School Counselors!   At the end of each year, I like to share the top 10 blog posts that people are reading from this blog.  Although I have not been able to write and share like I would like to each month, I love looking at what school counselors are interested in reading.  Over the last 11 years (yikes!), many of the posts have remained the same, but there were a couple of new posts that made it to the top 10.  I hope you will enjoy going back and checking these out!  10 Duty to Warn: When Does It Apply When Informing Parents About Teenag ..read more
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#SCCHAT is Coming!
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6M ago
Want to learn more about trauma informed practices and how to practically employ them in your school? Join me and Nichol Webb for our December #scchat on X regarding Trauma Informed Practices as School Counselors.   If this is your first time joining X for a chat, make sure read below to see how you can join in on the fun ..read more
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Trauma Informed Counseling Strategies in Schools
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8M ago
Within the last several years, one of the buzzwords in education has been trauma informed practices.  If you are unsure about this practice or just not sure what it means to be trauma informed, you are not alone.  Since I am still a novice to trauma informed practices, I assume that many of my school counseling colleagues may be still learning their role as a trauma informed practitioner.   School counselors have a part to play in trauma informed systems.  The American School Counselor Association issued a position statement in 2016 defining our role. Even if you s ..read more
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15 Tips for Creating a College Counseling Program
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10M ago
It is really hard to believe that my summer is over!! The ASCA conference has passed, the Summer Counselor Conference is this week, and school begins next week. I can't believe how time has flown!  Since I had a little time over the summer to reflect on last year, one change that I really want to make is to my college counseling program.  Okay, confession time -- college counseling has never been my area of strength and more of an afterthought than a priority.  Well, now that you know one of my many weaknesses, my plan is to "beef" up my college counseling program for the fal ..read more
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Peer Helping: An Extension of School Counseling
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11M ago
Recently, I had the privilege of attending the Trauma Informed Educators Conference!  I had an amazing experience learning from many of the "disruptors" or  leaders in trauma informed practices in schools.  Also, I had the opportunity of presenting on one of my favorite topics, peer helping.  The subject of my presentation included how to make a peer helping program a part of any school counseling program and an addition to a trauma informed program. For a moment, I would like to make a pitch about considering the possibility of adding a peer helping program as an extensi ..read more
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11 Summer Professional Development Opportunities for School Counselors
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1y ago
 "School's out for summer (cue the Alice Cooper music)!!!" Although this may be true for our students and the 190 day staff members, it is not the case for the majority of school counselors, including myself. In fact, many of us are still sitting behind our desks answering emails, speaking to parents, working on schedules, sending transcripts to colleges, and auditing student grades.  In between all these tasks, many school counselors are in charge of searching for their own professional development opportunities for personal growth (at many schools, the counselor is left out of sta ..read more
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High School Counselor Podcasts
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1y ago
If you are like me, you are always yearning to learn but you may have limited time to sit still and read. So, enter the age of the educational podcast!  Since COVID, I have really tried to increase my knowledge by turning to some podcasts hosted by our colleagues in the field of college admissions, school counseling, technology, and trauma.  I wanted to share a list of podcasts that I have been listening to this year.  As always, please share any additional podcasts that are a must listen!! Click the Google doc below to access each podcast and ENJOY!! High School C ..read more
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What School Counselors Should Know About ChatGPT?
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1y ago
By now you probably have heard about the bright new shiny thing that students are using to generate a formatted essay in their English class or even on their college admission essays called ChatGPT.  The purpose of this post is not to make you feel worried or give you additional angst.  Instead, I want to give high school counselors a little bit of information about this new app and to help counselors address concerns about this new AI tool with teachers, administrators, parents, and even students. What Exactly is ChatGPT? When I asked ChatGPT to define itself, it gave me a pretty ..read more
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#NSCW23 for Procrastinators and Counselors Who are Struggling!
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1y ago
No joke, National School Counselor Week caught me off guard this.  Ok, it's not that I didn't know it was coming...it comes every February.  Also, it is not like I have not seen or shared #NSCW23 posts on social media since January.  Or, since December, I made a pledge that I was going to promote #NSCW23 at my school and do some simple activities.  But, again, I failed.  Yes, I can make every excuse in the book to myself to make me feel better...I was busy, too tired, and consumed with life; all true.  Well, here I am on Sunday afternoon with nothing planned at a ..read more
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