School Counseling Needs Assessment

School counseling needs assessments made easy with Google - Save my survey to your Google Drive!

This post was updated to include a shareable version of my needs assessment on 7/09/17! Conducting a school counseling needs assessment is a crucial step in running a successful counseling program. A comprehensive guidance curriculum is, well, comprehensive and you run the risk of overwhelming your staff if you survey them about every possible topic a counselors could cover. However, if you can get administrative backing to perform a comprehensive assessment, then I say go for it. (You can find examples of teacher and parent needs assessments based on ASCA’s standards and benchmarks in my school counseling binder on TPT.) …


13 Reasons Why Schools Need Counselors

13 Reasons Why Schools Need Counselors

School counselors are cringing nationwide as they watch Mr. Porter, the counselor in the book and Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, fumble through his role as the school counselor at Liberty High. Time and time again, Mr. Porter failed those who came to him for help. Now I get that characters need to act a certain way in order to further the storyline. They do things that don’t make sense, like investigate spooky noises by themselves in the middle of the night or camp out in haunted forests. It’s ridiculous behavior. I argue that Mr. Porter’s behavior was even MORE ridiculous…primarily …

School Counselor Must-Dos for the New School Year


The first few weeks of school is critical for school counselors for setting up their school counseling program. Luckily, there are several things we can do to ensure a smooth transition into the school year. In addition, you will be able to reap the benefits of the tips below throughout the school year. So, without further delay here are my tips for setting yourself up for a productive and effective school year: Check In On Caseload Kids & Their Parents Don’t wait for an issue to pop up before seeing your students. Getting a little “face time” and building on …


Fun Ways to Welcome New Students


Welcoming new students to our schools is one of the things school counselors should do during the first few weeks of school. Leaving old friends and familiar surroundings can make students feel alone and isolated. Typically, meeting a new friend (or two) and learning the procedures and layout of the building can do wonders to ease anxiety and help their transition. Meeting with your new students in a small group setting is extremely helpful in getting the biggest bang for your time…in terms of time. -> You can meet with multiple kids at once and they get to meet other …

School Counseling Topics – A Helpful Counselor Poll

Helpful Counselor Poll - Important Topics

School counseling literally covers anything and everything under the sun! I’m pretty sure all school counselors have felt like they are being pulled in a million directions a time or two in their career. (Pretty safe bet; I’m sure!) Here at The Helpful Counselor, my goal is to save you time and aggravation. Actually, being as helpful as possible is my main goal for this website and my counseling products. With that in mind, I’m hoping that you can help me out by answering a few short questions. (It’s painless…I promise.) Counselors’ Opinions Matter While I was a student at the University …


Ideas for National School Counseling Week


National School Counseling Week is upon us! What National School Counseling Week means and looks like is very different among school counselors nationwide. Some administrators and teachers use this week to show appreciation to their school counselors for all of their hard work. While this is absolutely lovely, the fact is that this week is much better spent getting the word out about your school counseling program! Below you will find links to a ton of different ideas to celebrate AND educate. 🙂 Check out the American School Counseling Association’s photo challenge! The ASCA also has a handy pdf of suggested …