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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.) …

School Counselor Must-Dos for the New School Year

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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 …

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Fun Ways to Welcome New Students

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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 …

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Blog Post Round Up: Back-to-School for School Counselors

Back to School Tips for School Counselors

I’ve rounded up all of my Back-to-School posts for easy reference! Have a FABULOUS school year!!!   School Counselor Welcome Back Letter   The start of a new school year also means refreshed school anxiety. Try these tips to ease the transition.   Interning this year? Begin with the end in mind, by knowing what you want to accomplish from the start!   Set up a Meet the School Counselor display at Open House and the first few weeks of school.   Save sanity at the beginning of the year with these time savers!   Advertise what you do with …

Open House Welcome Back Letter from the School Counselor

School Counselor Welcome Back Newsletter

A “welcome back” letter to families is a great way to reach out and reconnect at the beginning of the school year. The point of my letter isn’t to provide a lot of information about the school counseling program (although I do include a copy of my counseling brochure). Rather, it is to reach out to parents and remind them that I’m available if they have any concerns. I have a handful of students that I try to see early on, but it is not practical to touch base with all of my past students within the first few weeks …

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Free Elementary Counseling Brochure

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Promoting the elementary counseling program during the school’s open house is a vital part of connecting with students and their families. I have been really busy getting ready for our back-to-school open house. In fact, I just finished revamping my elementary counseling brochure to go along with my Meet the Counselor poster I made yesterday. I created my original when I started 8 years ago, and let’s just say it was time to freshen it up a bit! Here is the outside: And this is the inside: Now here is an editable version for you! The document is an editable …