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Top 16 Posts for 2016

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The end of the year is a great time to reflect on the highlights of the past 12 months! 2016 was a great year in so many respects…one of my favorite highlights for The Helpful Counselor is that over 500,000 NEW readers stopped by for a visit…Can you believe it? I even did a double take…What an honor! You guys seriously rock. It really is amazing! I went from being the “lone wolf” counselor in a rural school district to having a network of counselors all over the world….if you’re not already part of that super awesome network -> What are …

Must-Have Supplies for School Counselors

Essential Supplies for Elementary School Counselors

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Landing your first school counseling position can seem like a dream come true! However, some of that joy can lead to stress when it comes to setting up your office. The list below outlines some of my favorite (and inexpensive) supplies to make any elementary counseling office ready to rock’n roll on the first day of school. Elementary counselors have unique challenges given the span of grade levels and developmental abilities of their students. We need to be able to appeal to the interests of 4-12-year-olds. Books that are engaging to 5th graders can be too advanced for our kinders and …


New Counseling Games and Activities + Coping Skills Freebie

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The post below is filled with some of my counseling games and activities available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. There is a coping skills freebie at the bottom of this post for my newsletter subscribers. Not on the list? Just pop your email in and the download will be sent to your inbox! Learning About Kind and Unkind Behavior First up is a reproducible booklet, 5 coloring pages and 5 posters set that teaches kids about kind & unkind behavior. The posters are 300 dpi and will keep resolution when resized. You can check out the preview here. Qualities …

DIY: Build-a-Person for Play Therapy

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I admit it: I’m totally addicted to Pinterest! I love finding and sharing ideas with other counselors and Pinterest is the Mecca of Inspiration…well, at least it is for me when it comes to new ideas to try with my students. However, it seems that I do more pinning than actually using the ideas that I pin.   ******* Okay, back to my project… I’ve been wanting to make these Olliblocks for some time now. There are 6 different characters in each set, which mix & match very nicely! Since I need to make three sets of these blocks (one …

Kindness Activities Great for Valentine's Day

Kindness Activity Pack + a Freebie

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I’m excited to share my latest project: Kind Kinds. You can check it out in my TPT store here or by clicking on the images below Kind Kids Activity Pack Contents: Friend-a-Grams (4 designs)* Thank You Notes (3 designs)* Encouragement Cards (2 designs)* Acts of Kindness Tally Sheet Acts of Kindness Brainstorming Sheet Certificate of Appreciation* Acts of Kindness 4-page mini-booklet* *black and white version included I made a free coordinating printable for the folks in The Helpful Counselor Insiders Email. Sign up for updates and download your copy! [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” …

Potato Chip Champ Maria Dismondy Kindness Lesson

Maria Dismondy Guest Post – Random Acts of Kindness

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I am thrilled to be a guest blogger for The Helpful Counselor today! My name is Maria Dismondy and I’m a children’s book author who writes books geared toward empowering children to be themselves. You may have heard of my best selling book, Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun – or – The Juice Box Bully (coauthored by Bob Sornson). Today, I want to share my newest book with you, The Potato Chip Champ! In this book, the main character, Champ, has it all. He has all the latest toys and is good at just about everything. Then there’s Walter. Walter is a kid who doesn’t have …