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How do you end individual counseling services with a student? Termination is an important event in counseling and it might be one that we shortchange a bit. Totally get it. The student is ready, they met their goals. BUT, we have an opportunity in that last session to make counseling progress last. Students need to exit […]

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Identifying feelings and understanding feelings is an essential social-emotional skill. This is always where I would start in counseling and where most social-emotional curriculums begin. If a student can't identify how they feel, it's awfully hard to manage those feelings.  While we don't have a shortage of feelings activities or books on feelings, I think In […]

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I'm often asked how to incorporate CBT activities (cognitive behavioral therapy) in school counseling and if it's really a fit for school counselors. Are school counselors even allowed to use CBT? 100% yes. CBT activities use a short-term evidence-based approach. It's a match made in heaven. Well, where do I even start? You start with showing students […]

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Feelings thermometers or scales are an essential tool in your counseling office. I can't think of something else I reached for or referenced more often with students.  They are reusable, research-based tools that help kids put a situation in perspective, build self-awareness,develop a self-management plan, and  connect thoughts, feelings, and actions.Phew, talk about a workhorse. For most elementary or […]

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Children, just like adults, are prone to negative thinking. Their negative thinking can lead them to be avoidant, have meltdowns, get into fights, and take other negative actions. The concept of thoughts can be a little abstract for children. Certainly more difficult to understand than feelings and behaviors.  When helping children change their thinking, I make […]

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This winter focus on giving and receiving compliments. Genuine compliments can be a great way to build a positive classroom culture. When students learn how to give and accept compliments, they are also building empathy. Teaching compliments is an easy way to build a positive community.Giving ComplimentsStart by defining what a compliment is.A compliment is […]

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Do you set goals with students in counseling? In individual counseling, I try to weave SMART goals into a student's sessions. It helps them feel in charge of their progress and be partners in their progress. There are a number of ways that you can introduce and use goal setting. I find that the secret sauce […]

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We can all agree that living with a mental illness is a serious challenge, whether you personally struggle or you empathize. Successfully living with a mental illness requires support and treatment. Today, 1 in 5 adolescents will develop a serious mental illness. 80% of adolescents will not receive treatment. We have a lot of work […]

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Defiance is an inevitable and generally not a welcomed part of a classroom. You are spending your day getting through your content, building community, and regularly demanding that students do tons of tasks. From time to time, they are going to have different ideas. Even walking down the hallway can be a struggle without one of […]

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Calm corners are such an incredible tool to have in your counseling office or classroom. It provides a safe place for students to use and improve their self regulation skills. To make calm corners work there are a couple skills and rules that need to be in place.Going to the SpaceWhen introducing the space, it […]

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