What school counselors should do before school starts

What School Counselors Should Do Before School Starts

Heather Thomas Back-to-School 32 Comments

*Updated Post* This post contains affiliate links. Back-to-school season has always been an exciting time for me. My new school supplies and new schedule seemed like an invitation to endless possibilities. I’m still a sucker for new office supplies, but as a school counselor we can’t wait for opportunities. We need to make every minute count. As with almost anything else, preparation is key to success. I’m not gonna lie. We do a lot and by a lot…I mean EVERYTHING. Everything that has to do with social, emotional, behavioral development. This is in addition to anything & everything that can …

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

School Counseling Needs Assessment

Heather Thomas Program Management 14 Comments

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.) …

Tips for handling changes to your education career

How to Adjust Your Superhero Cape During Turbulent Times

Heather Thomas Tips for Counselors 0 Comments

The only thing that is constant is change. These words ring just as true 1,500 years after they were first spoken by Heraclitus in ancient Greece. My love for Greek philosophy aside…my career has taken some very dramatic twist and turns over the past 3 years and I’ve had to adjust a lot to keep moving forward. Those of you in education know just how difficult it has gotten… I don’t know about you guys, but there are some days I feel like I got run over by a Semi truck and then there are days that seem like the semi driver …

Hey school counselors! Do these 10 things in the spring to prepare you for next school year!

10 Things School Counselors Can Do Now to Prepare for Next Year

Heather Thomas Back-to-School 2 Comments

School counselors are pulled in multiple directions throughout the school year. As the end of the year approaches, it can be very tempting to shove all of your unfiled notes and documents into the far reaches of your desk or in exchange for fun in the sun. Yes, summer break is a perk (of the job) that I look forward to every year. But I’ve learned the hard way that an ounce of prevention is worth (far more) than a pound of cure. Putting things off today to do tomorrow doesn’t work in the field of school counseling. The promise …

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 …

finding a school counseling job - school counseling graduates

10 Tips for Landing a School Counseling Job

Heather Thomas Professional Growth, School Counseling 7 Comments

Getting hired as a school counselor can be difficult in today’s job market. However, difficult does not mean impossible! Read below for 10 tips to help you land a school counseling job. There are a lot of really good suggestions for school counselors who are looking for a job on some of the school counseling blogs in the blog o’sphere. If you haven’t already checked them out, I strongly advise you to not only check out the post but print a copy of the post and put it in a binder or folder for future reference. <-Bookmark them at the …