Tag: Tough Situations

  • How to Adjust Your Superhero Cape During Turbulent Times

    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.…

  • Time Management Tips for School Counselors

    Time Management Tips for School Counselors

    Welcome to Time Management Tips for School Counselors! The first installment in my new blog series for new school counselors (and seasoned veterans looking for a fresh idea or two). It is my hope that this blog series will save you time and frustration! Time management for school counselors is essential, but it’s also a…

  • Prevent School Counselor Burnout with Self-Care

    Self-care can seem like a pipe dream when school counselors are stretched to the max at the end of the school year. As summer break approaches, educators can find themselves mentally tapped out and questioning their ability to make it through the last 15 days with their sanity intact. Rather than go through all of…

  • The Death of a Teacher: A School Counselor’s Reflection

    The Death of a Teacher: A School Counselor’s Reflection

    The death of a teacher is one of those things that school counselors train for but hypothetical situations often fall short of the real thing. I learned this lesson the hard way. Two weeks ago, one of my teachers (and a dear friend) died suddenly. In the prime of his life, his death shocked (and…

  • Emotional Baggage – Free Printable

    It can be very difficult for children (and adults) to let go of past hurts. Hanging onto negative thoughts and feelings towards others can make us feel isolated and overwhelmed by negative emotions. Many of my students hang onto a lot of “emotional baggage” which in turn hinders their ability to move forward, creates distorted…

  • Play Therapy Ideas for Children with Medical Anxiety

    Play Therapy Ideas for Children with Medical Anxiety

    In play therapy, children can use toys or materials that resemble medical equipment to work on difficulties with illness or medical/doctor/hospital anxiety. I found the following items during a CPR course I took earlier this year. While I was checking out the store inside the Red Cross, my eye caught these “squishy” ambulances. They are…

  • 11 Strategies to Use with Strong-Willed Children

    I’m super excited to have Colleen, from the One Stop Counseling Shop, stopping by The Helpful Counselor to share strategies to use when working with a strong-willed (or defiant) child. Welcome! Tell us a bit about yourself: My name is Colleen and I’m a school social worker in a small rural district in Illinois. My caseload…

  • Bullying: A New Series About Relational Aggression

    Bullying: A New Series About Relational Aggression

    It’s right after lunch and you hear a knock on your door…there’s a group of girls outside office wanting to talk to you about a “friendship problem”. After talking with them you find out that their problem should be filed under “bullying” instead of “friendship”. Maybe you don’t work in a school setting, maybe you…