Tips to help prevent end of the year burnout for counselors and teachers

Prevent School Counselor Burnout with Self-Care

Heather Thomas Professional Growth 2 Comments

Self-care can seem like a pipe dream when school counselors are stretched to the max at the end of the school year. As summer break approaches, educators can find themselves mentally tapped out and questioning their ability to make it through the last 15 days with their sanity intact. Rather than go through all of the forces that seem to suck the life out of us as the school year dwindles, let’s skip to some ideas about how we can keep our cool even when the weather is sweltering!  Activate Your Force Field of Positivity Misery loves company is an adage …

Books School Counselors Should Read Over the Summer

Books for School Counselors to Read Over the Summer

Heather Thomas Professional Growth 1 Comment

Yay! Summer is officially here!!! One of my favorite things to do (besides spending time with my family) is getting caught up on my reading. I read all kinds of genres, but I really like to read about all things counseling. It energizes me and helps expand my creativity. Confession: I’m a book hoarder. I have piles upon piles of books – not counting my floor-to-ceiling bookcases. I plan on sharing my thoughts and ideas on the books I read right here on The Helpful Counselor, but you can also follow my progress on Goodreads and on the Counselor Book …

Time management for school counselors - The Fine Art of Saying No

Tips for School Counselors: The Art of Saying No

Heather Thomas Professional Growth, Program Management, School Counseling 3 Comments

**Just to clarify…this article is not about refusing requests. Rather, it’s about finding a way to say “yes” in a way that benefits the majority in your counseling program.** School counselors are trained to help people. Students, parents, teachers, administrators, PTO members, and community organizations require our time and efforts. While it’s an honor to support others, we can’t do it all and in order to save our sanity (and meet the needs of our students), we must know how to say “no” to some requests without upsetting stakeholders. Just to clarify, “saying no” comes in many different forms. It may …

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Seize the Moment: The Art of Failing Forward

Heather Thomas Professional Growth 5 Comments

Typically, we associate “seizing the moment” with some sort of victory. I’m not talking about that kind of “seize the moment”. I’m talking about the moments in life when we fall flat on our face, when we feel like crawling under the covers for the next 48 hours (or so), when we question why we even bother fighting the good fight. The ability to seize the moment in the face of adversity is the difference between allowing something to make you bitter or better. While this philosophy can be applied to life in general, it is essential for all school …

Online Professional Learning Communities for School Counselors

Heather Thomas Professional Growth 3 Comments

As the only elementary school counselor in my district, traveling between three buildings, it is really hard to not take on the “lone wolf” mentality. Even though teachers and administrators are there to support our students’ emotional, social, and behavioral development, let’s face it…it’s not the same as talk’n shop with other counselors. Andrea from JYJoyner Counselor Blog, mentions many of the benefits of connecting with other counselors through social media in her post Flying Solo? You are not alone. As soon as I read the post title, I got the overwhelming urge to sing some MJ: So the video …

36 Must-Have Experiences for School Counseling Interns

36 Must-Have Experiences for School Counseling Interns

Heather Thomas Professional Growth 16 Comments

The beginning of the school year is an exciting time for school counseling interns. With all of the excitement of learning new things and getting your first taste of the best job in the world, it’s all too easy to miss out on resume padding experiences. Ultimately, you should try to gain as many experiences as possible. Even if you prefer a certain population or a certain modality (group/individual) be careful not to limit your experience. I have created the following list of experiences to help you make the most out of your internship. Show Up Early: Sure school may start …