$1 Supplies for Your Counseling Office

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Are you a new school counselor? New social worker? New psychologist? Or…maybe you’re a veteran to the field, but you find your self in a situation where you need set up a new counseling office. Well, whatever the case…you’re in the right spot! I recently visited my local dollar store to show you how you can score some amazing resources for you to use. I found A TON of practical items for you to stock up on. In fact, I found so many “treasures” that I had to break the unveiling videos down into three separate videos! Videos in this series: 1. …


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 …

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 …

Make Your Anger Walk the Plank: An Anger Management Game & Free Behavior Chart

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Many of the students on my caseload have a difficult time managing their anger and making positive choices. One of my FAVORITE parts of being an elementary counselor is that I get to use fun play therapy activities to help teach new skills! Several of my kindergartners and 1st graders LOVE pirates…hmmm…sounds like a great way to increase engagement and buy-in to me! Integrating students interests into guidance lessons not only increases engagement, but it is also a great way to show that you are thoughtful about their wants/needs. You can check out Make Your Anger Walk the Plank by …