20+ Counseling Themes in Star Wars – The Force Awakens

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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 …

Tone of Voice Class Lesson with Taylor Swift

Tone of Voice Lesson with Taylor Swift & I Prevail

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Tone of voice goes a LOOOONG way in communication. Unfortunately many children and teens have a hard time understanding that how you say something is just as important (if not more) than what you say. Teaching kids how to identify tone of voice and how it can be perceived by others is not easy. For years, I have explored tone of voice with my students by having them come up with different ways to say a single word or short phrase. Few of my favs: “okay” & “I’ll play with you” I introduce the word or phrase and then have …

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20+ Inside Out Clips to Help Teach Children About Feelings

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The Disney Pixar movie Inside Out was an instant hit at the box office. Children, teens, adults (especially) counselors are drawn to the movie’s relatable characters and life challenges. As mentioned above, counselors anticipated the release of Inside Out and how they would be able to use the movie’s themes in their work with children. Personally, I’ve been having a blast finding Inside Out toys and books my students can use to express their feelings and work out some of the challenges they face. (You can read more about the counseling themes in Inside Out here and all of the toys and …

Inside Out Toys and Books for School Counselors and Teachers

15+ Inside Out Toys and Books to Use in Counseling & the Classroom

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[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” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] Inside Out is a great movie that covers many counseling themes. Kids love movies, they don’t just love movies…they LOVE movies. Finally, us counselors have a super cute movie that can be used to teach students how to handle their feelings!!! Now that we have the magical world of Disney and Pixar in our arsenal, it’s time to hook up our offices (or classrooms) with Inside Out books and various “goodies” that will spark conversations (and fun …


20+ Counseling Themes in Inside Out

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Counselors near and far have been excited for the arrival of Disney Pixar’s movie Inside Out. Disney’s movie, about a girl who is forced to leave her friends and life as she knows it behind to move across the country for her dad’s new job, is a gold mine for helping kids develop social and emotional skills! While reading through the posts over at the Elementary School Counselor Exchange on Facebook, I noticed that someone asked for a list of counseling themes in Inside Out. This got me thinking…so I pulled out a pad of paper and came up with …