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20+ Counseling Themes in Star Wars – The Force Awakens

Heather Thomas Counseling Activities & Resources 4 Comments

Star Wars – The Force Awakens is full of counseling themes that can be utilized when helping children and teens (even adults!). Why use movies to address emotional and behavioral issues? Movies are made to connect with the audience on a personal and emotional level…at least the good ones have been. The feelings and challenges faced by the characters allow us to work through our own issues in a non-threatening environment. The general safety of the theater or our living room and the brief duration (yes, even 3-hour blockbusters) gives us a finite opportunity to experience the emotions vicariously through …

18 easy coping skills for kids and teens

18 Coping Skills: Strategies for Children and Teens

Heather Thomas Counseling Activities & Resources 10 Comments

Coping skills have been a pretty popular topic for discussion over on The Helpful Counselor Facebook Page. So many great ideas were shared that I thought it would be a good to write a coping skills blog post to have them in one place. 🙂 Here are some of the great coping skill strategies (in no particular order): #1 Homemade Stress Balls (w/Playdough): During my counselor training, I was told that you should never ask your students to do something that you have never tried yourself. This is very sound advice as it allows you to work out kinks and …

11 Tips for working with strong-willed children

11 Strategies to Use with Strong-Willed Children

Heather Thomas School Counseling 8 Comments

I’m super excited to have Colleen, from the One Stop Counseling Shop, stopping by The Helpful Counselor to share strategies to use when working with a strong-willed (or defiant) child. Welcome! Tell us a bit about yourself: My name is Colleen and I’m a school social worker in a small rural district in Illinois. My caseload consists of general education and special education students who need help with social skills, conflict resolution skills, problem-solving skills, and general help getting through the day. This year, I work with grades 2-6, but have worked with all grades K-12 in past years! I’m passionate …