20 things to do before school starts

20 Things School Counselors Should Do Before School Starts

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54 responses to “20 Things School Counselors Should Do Before School Starts”

  1. Michelle Miklinski Avatar

    I will be starting my school counseling internship in a few weeks, what advice do you have for me to ensure a productive and successful internship experience?

    1. Helpful Counselor Avatar

      You should definitely check out my post for school counseling interns!

  2. Shelley Rolston Avatar

    Great post Heather! I can tell you are very organized!

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Shelley

    The Perks of Teaching Primary

    1. Heather Thomas Avatar

      Thanks Shelley! Some days are better than others. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Jessie Kennedy-Seiler Avatar

    What types of questions do you include in the needs assessment?

    1. Helpful Counselor Avatar

      A needs assessment can be as involved/brief as you want it. I am working on a post about creating needs assessments. I hope to have it up in the next week or so!

  4. Maritza Rodriguez Avatar

    What a great list! I am beginning my first year counseling and definitely made a note of a few of these! Thanks!

    http://thegivingcounselor.blogspot.com/

  5. Stella Laurel Avatar

    This is very helpful! You’re great to offer these resources.

    1. Heather Thomas Avatar

      Thank you! I’m glad you found the information helpful.

  6. Mandi O'Loughlin Avatar

    I am looking forward to your needs assessment post. Can you share what your needs assessment looks like? Thanks!

  7. Danelle Scott Avatar

    Would you happen to have a sample letter that you send out that you’d be willing to share? Thanks for the great post!

  8. Stephanie Lerner Avatar

    Great blog post! Esp the part about meeting with principal! I love your blog and just added a link to it in my website resources page. It’s here if you want to see it: http://bilinguallearner.com/resources-and-links

  9. Cynthia Floyd Avatar

    Great ideas ๐Ÿ™‚ Would it be ok with you if I re-share this, of course crediting you as the creator?

  10. Barbara Brasher Payne Avatar

    Wonderful suggestions – thank you for sharing!

  11. Diana Arroyo-Gonzalez Avatar
    Diana Arroyo-Gonzalez

    Great ideas! Could you post a picture of your binder? Thanks.

  12. Mrs B Avatar
    Mrs B

    I love all of your ideas. I have been in behavioral and mental health since 2008 and recently completed my master’s not too long ago… and now am an elementary school counselor! I am very excited to start this year off on the left foot! ~ pun intended. I can’t thank you enough for all of your ideas, helpful hints, in-sites and TPT items (of which I have a lot, if not all!). many blessings ๐Ÿ™‚ Mrs B

  13. Mrs B Avatar
    Mrs B

    I love all of your ideas. I have been in behavioral and mental health since 2008 and recently completed my master’s not too long ago… and now am an elementary school counselor! I am very excited to start this year off on the left foot! ~ pun intended. I can’t thank you enough for all of your ideas, helpful hints, in-sites and TPT items (of which I have a lot, if not all!). many blessings ๐Ÿ™‚ Mrs B

  14. Shanthi Alfred Avatar
    Shanthi Alfred

    Happy New Year.
    I am the Lead School Counsellor from the Guidance Branch of the Ministry of Education Singapore.
    I am glad to have come across your website and look forward to learning from you.

    1. Heather Avatar

      Glad you found me! I hope you find a lot of useful information!!!

      Best wishes,
      Heather

  15. Shanthi Alfred Avatar
    Shanthi Alfred

    Happy New Year.
    I am the Lead School Counsellor from the Guidance Branch of the Ministry of Education Singapore.
    I am glad to have come across your website and look forward to learning from you.

    1. Heather Avatar

      Glad you found me! I hope you find a lot of useful information!!!

      Best wishes,
      Heather

  16. Erin Mc. Avatar
    Erin Mc.

    Heather, I read your helpful blog as a school counseling intern and have since returned after being hired upon graduation for my first job! This post is just as helpful and interesting and appreciated! Thank you!

    1. Heather Avatar

      Fantastic Erin! I’m glad my list has been helpful in your journey. I wish you all the best!
      Heather

  17. Erin Mc. Avatar

    Heather, I read your helpful blog as a school counseling intern and have since returned after being hired upon graduation for my first job! This post is just as helpful and interesting and appreciated! Thank you!

    1. Heather Avatar

      Fantastic Erin! I’m glad my list has been helpful in your journey. I wish you all the best!
      Heather

  18. Nancy B Avatar
    Nancy B

    Thank you for the helpful tools to prepare for our first day back!

  19. Nancy B Avatar
    Nancy B

    Thank you for the helpful tools to prepare for our first day back!

  20. Sara Avatar
    Sara

    Shared across Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis school counseling department! Thanks for the fabulous resource.

    1. Heather Avatar

      Hello Sara!

      It warms my heart to know that my tips can help the next generation of school counselors!

      Best wishes,
      Heather

  21. Sara Avatar
    Sara

    Shared across Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis school counseling department! Thanks for the fabulous resource.

    1. Heather Avatar

      Hello Sara!

      It warms my heart to know that my tips can help the next generation of school counselors!

      Best wishes,
      Heather

  22. OBISESAN OLUMUYIWA ISAAC Avatar
    OBISESAN OLUMUYIWA ISAAC

    This is a very useful write up which a practicing and intending Counsellors can be used, God bless.
    I am a School Guidance Counsellor practicing in a school where Counselling room is yet to be allocated, please I need ue guide.

    1. Heather Avatar

      I recommend getting a cart with wheels on it to transport materials when/as needed. I would also try to get at least a designated out of the way corner that offers some type of privacy. I’ve used old classrooms, the back of a library, and even the school stage.

  23. OBISESAN OLUMUYIWA ISAAC Avatar
    OBISESAN OLUMUYIWA ISAAC

    This is a very useful write up which a practicing and intending Counsellors can be used, God bless.
    I am a School Guidance Counsellor practicing in a school where Counselling room is yet to be allocated, please I need ue guide.

    1. Heather Avatar

      I recommend getting a cart with wheels on it to transport materials when/as needed. I would also try to get at least a designated out of the way corner that offers some type of privacy. I’ve used old classrooms, the back of a library, and even the school stage.

  24. Jennie Guite Avatar
    Jennie Guite

    Wow! This is so great! It helps alot in planning my yearly school counseling program. I am newly appointed as a school counselor. Can you please suggest some useful tips of to-do-list as a preliminary work plan? Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Eileen Avatar
    Eileen

    Great post. I am lookin for contact logs—-daily and for parent contacts. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. Heather Avatar

      Hello Eileen!

      I have a log that I use. It’s available in my counseling binder. ๐Ÿ™‚
      https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Editable-School-Counseling-Growing-Binder-Updated-for-2016-2017-1956416

  26. Eileen Avatar
    Eileen

    Great post. I am lookin for contact logs—-daily and for parent contacts. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. Heather Avatar

      Hello Eileen!

      I have a log that I use. It’s available in my counseling binder. ๐Ÿ™‚
      https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Editable-School-Counseling-Growing-Binder-Updated-for-2016-2017-1956416

  27. Elizabeth Eyring Avatar
    Elizabeth Eyring

    What type of application do you need to download the binder file? I have a mac computer.

  28. Amanda Whitney Avatar
    Amanda Whitney

    I’m just starting my school counseling internship this in about 2 weeks, and I discovered your blog during all my prep time. I’m trying to hit the ground running when school starts up. I love your blog so much already! Thanks for all the fantastic resources and ideas! It’s all super helpful to me as I’m just starting out.

  29. M James Avatar
    M James

    What a great list, I found this very helpful! I am about to start my first official year as a school counselor and you gave me some great ideas, particularly with outreach. Thanks!

    1. Heather Avatar

      Congrats on the gig! Very exciting…YES, nobody will know what you do unless you put it out there. Spend time getting to know the staff and family members it will really help throughout your career.

      Best wishes!
      Heather

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