Welcome to my school counseling blog! I’ve created my little place on the web to connect with fellow counselors and educators (and anyone else who touches the life of a child).

My goal in creating this website is to share ideas and strategies the promote social, emotional, and behavioral development. I hope you find information and tools that you can utilize right away. I tend to post things as I they come up in my work so please let me know if there is something that you are tackling as a teacher, parent, or counselor.

My Background: I started off working teaching life skills to at-risk teens in inner city Flint, Michigan in 1998. The agency I worked for partnered with the Flint Housing Commission, Flint Community Schools, and an assortment of organizations (churches, half-way homes, parent groups, etc).

In 2000, I took a job as a Case Coordinator for Whaley Children’s Center, a residential and foster care agency. During my 3 years I Whaley I was promoted to Case Manager and then to the position of a Counselor. Although I viewed my promotion as a great honor. I knew my clients needed support that I felt unprepared to provide.

Thus, I went back to school to earn my Masters in Counseling and School Counseling Endorsement. At this point, I clearly intended to return to the field of counseling kids that had suffered a life time of abuse and neglect.

As fate (and my School Counseling Endorsement) would have it, the stars aligned and I discovered a school counseling position not far from my home. I jumped at the possibility and was hired before I hired right before graduation.

That brings us to 2006, where I began my journey as an elementary counselor. I covered 3 buildings with 1,500 students. It was challenging, but very rewarding!

Since Elementary Counseling positions are not mandatory in Michigan, my job was not guaranteed year-to-year. In 2008, I decided to go back to school to earn my teaching certifications in emotional impairment and English. It was tough…you can read more about it here.

At the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, my district cut the Elementary Counseling Program and I was transferred to a teaching position in a special education 3rd-5th grade resource room.

Wow! What a ride!!!

I love a challenge and my career has certainly provided me with many. I hope sharing my experiences will help you in your journey!

 

One of my favorite parts of my job is meeting new people so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments!

Best Wishes,

Heather

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are 30 comments so far

  • 3 years ago · Reply

    Great to find your website Heather! Thanks for visiting Creative with Kids; I look forward to looking around some more :)

  • Sarah
    3 years ago · Reply

    Found your website through a pin on pinterest. The title was “35 ways you can help an angry kid,” but when I got to your website, I couldn’t find the article. I could REALLY use this right now. Can you help me out, please? Loving the great things I have found through your website!

  • nan
    3 years ago · Reply

    Where is the newsletter sign-up?

    • 3 years ago · Reply

      It’s in the upper right-hand corner. I had to update the plug-in. Sorry about any inconvenience!
      ~Heather

  • 2 years ago · Reply

    Great job I am proud of you I know you will help a lot of kids and I am with you on bullying. i was bulled in school and it was very painful. We did not have counselors to help us out or no school backing. God bless you for all your efforts. Keep up the excellent work you are doing

  • 2 years ago · Reply

    Heather help please. I accidently deleted the welcome anger cards.

  • bvkulajta
    2 years ago · Reply

    Great to see you online. Congrats on the recent career options. Keep up the wonderful resources. The blog is very easy to navigate. You might want to add blog design to your list of accomplishments! What a wonderful small world we live in.
    -Bianka

  • 2 years ago · Reply

    We would LOVE to see some of your wonderful resources listed on http://www.AutismEducators.com. You have some products posted here that would be fabulous for our kids!

    • 2 years ago · Reply

      I’m flattered by your offer. I’ll have to check it out. :)

  • 2 years ago · Reply

    Hi Heather. You OK if an Aussie wants to join? I’ve been in counselling for 30 yrs including 17 years in school chaplaincy. Now, at the venerable age of 61, i’m developing a private clinic focused on helping kids in school settings who are struggling.with so many pressures. Good to see you’re helping resource busy professionals working with these kids. Jim

    • 2 years ago · Reply

      Hi Jim! Welcome :) I’m glad to have you aboard!!! Sounds like you really love what you do. Succeeding in school is vital for lifelong success.
      Best Wishes~Heather

  • selesthebilog-cahiwat cahiwat
    1 year ago · Reply

    hi there! from the Phil.. I am a registered Guidance Counselor and wroking for 4years now in the public school. Good luck!

  • 1 year ago · Reply

    Visiting your website for the first time. LOVIN’ IT! I have a quick question. I’ve been providing elem. school counseling to a 5th grade boy since his first grade year. His family is now relocating and I want a special activity to do with him before he moves. We’ve been talking/discussing/ planning for the move, but we are down to the final weeks. Any ideas?
    I’m very fond of this boy, he’s special to me due to the years I’ve worked with him. Any ideas appreciated.

    • 1 year ago · Reply

      I would spend the time remaining to create a memory book with the student. Create journal pages like “My favorite memory” “I’ll always remember” “Best advice” etc. Include a spot for him to collect contact information so he can keep in touch with friends. You may also want to give him a preaddressed envelope/card so he can write to you/school/classroom when he moves to his new school.

  • JRTaylor_36
    1 year ago · Reply

    I just found your website today and I have to say that I love it!! I am currently a junior psychology major and am strongly considering pursuing a degree in school counseling. It seems to me that you think it was a good decision (: I can’t wait to explore the site more and start to decide if this is the path for me! Any advice?

    • 1 year ago · Reply

      Hi JR! I’m glad you’ve found my website. :)

      I started my career with a BS from U of M in Community/Clinic Psychology so you are on a great path to becoming a school counselor. I recommend that you continue onto grad school as soon as possible. I was a bit intimidated, but it was the best move I have made (in terms of my career).

      I absolutely love school counseling! Best of luck in your academic pursuits!
      ~Heather

  • 1 year ago · Reply

    Hey there. Thanks for the helpful post about the school counseling internship.

    I am going for my internship interview to a high school in New Hampshire on May 2nd. The only thing I know about the interview is we are “going into two classrooms” and having lunch with some faculty.

    Do you have any advice about what to expect or what I can do to prepare?

    Thanks, -Lee

  • 1 year ago · Reply

    Hi Heather! I’ve been following your blog for quite a while! Always good to read. I would love for you to visit my new blog K-4 Teaching Resources! If you like it, follow me on the Bloglovin button! I’m just starting out, but maybe you would like to be a guest blogger and let me post an article-giving you full credit of course! It would be relevant to my audience. Thank you! Debbie
    http://www.deborahpagekemp.com

  • 1 year ago · Reply

    What is the best paint color for a school counselors?

    • 1 year ago · Reply

      I’m not sure…are you referring to painting a counselor’s office? I would try to choose soothing (earthy) tones.

  • 1 year ago · Reply

    I love your website! I am starting a new job in the Fall this year and really want to get organized. I was doing a little reading about your background. I was wondering how you went from school counselor, opened your own practice, and still see students? What a wonderful experience! If you wouldn’t mind sharing how you went about setting that up I would appreciate it.

    • 1 year ago · Reply

      Hi Michelle!

      I actually started off as a therapist for children who were made wards of the state due to abuse and/or neglect. I intended to go back to clinical counseling but I picked up the school counseling track (as well) in grad school and voila! I ended up landing a job before my last semester of grad school.

      In Michigan, we have a MA in Counseling with a school counseling endorsement so school counselors can see kids in private practice as long as they have the right supervision.

      It is a pain starting out with a limited license since it’s all but impossible to bill insurance as a private provider. I don’t mess around with insurance though…my clients pay me directly and I provide in-home counseling.

      I only see a few students outside of school hours to help keep my sanity.

  • Vanessa Gallo
    11 months ago · Reply

    Hello,

    I am really impressed with your blog as well as the contents in your blog. I would say your posts are really excellent. I appreciate the way you are maintaining it. Since I am impressed with your blog, I am keen on to submit my content on your blog (as guest post) along with my website link. I normally write in accordance with academic and non-academic related topics. Please tell me if you can accept guest posts and I will be so happy to share my content to publish in your blog. I guarantee you with 100% original and good quality content.

    Regards,
    Vanessa

  • Valerie Henning
    9 months ago · Reply

    I stumbled upon your blog and love it. Thank you for what you are doing! I have a question for you and your readers…. I just received an iPad from my administrator. Can you make suggestions for ways of using it in an elementary counseling setting? I am not overly tech savvy, but I know there are tremendous resources I am just now aware of at this time!
    Thank you!
    ~Valerie

  • Judith Azran
    8 months ago · Reply

    Hi Heather, absolutely love your site! Informative and full of good energy! I am a graduate student and putting together an anti bullying booklet as part of my project. If I buy one of your booklets, can I use parts of it in my project? (Coloring pages, bookmarks.)

    Thanks!

    • 6 months ago · Reply

      Sorry for not responding in a more timely manner! I appreciate your attempt to contact me and I’ll assume you used the material. I would love to see a copy of your finished project!

      Moving forward, my material (free and paid) is copyrighted and cannot be reproduced without expressed permission. If you have additional projects and would like to include purchased or free downloads, please make it so that the material cannot be reproduced by writing “sample” across activity pages and include my website on your resource page.

      Of course, feel free to share links to my free downloads so your fellow counselors-in-training can get a set for their own stash!

  • 2 years ago · Reply

    Thank you for your supportive comment! We only had one counselor at the high school when I went to school and he only dealt with class schedules and college prep. It’s good to know that bullying isn’t just “a part of life” like they thought back when I was in school.

    Best Wishes,
    Heather

  • 2 years ago · Reply

    Hello Barbara,

    Send your email to thehelpfulcounselor@gmail.com and I will send you a link to the download.

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