Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Integrating Drama and Art into Counseling Lessons

I enjoy integrating drama and art into my counseling lessons as much as possible. In the following post I detail some lessons I facilitated and where to get more ideas!

When I was working at the charter school, I ran an after school club about tolerance and respect. We did many activities, but my favorite was reader's theater, a dramatic reading of a story in script form. The story we used was Crocodile and Ghost Bat Have a Hullabaloo: An Australian Tale of Name Calling from Teaching Tolerance. The students created their own characters for the story out of construction paper, crayons, and googly eyes. I also had them create mosaic style scenes to using cut up construction paper. The students loved this activity!

After the students felt confident reading their lines, we took our show on tour to kindergarten, first, second, and third grade.  The students were excited to share their work and the story with others; the younger students enjoyed hearing and seeing it! I included pictures of "crocodile," "ghost bat," and some of the mosaic scenes students created.

Teaching Tolerance also has a script for a "Pourquoi of Prejudice" titled Why Frogs and Snakes Never Play Together. A pourquoi is a fictional story that explains why something is the way it is. I would like to use Why Frogs and Snakes Never Play Together in the future. As part of the lesson, students can create their own ending for the porquoi.

The Three Billy Goats Gracious is another story on Teaching Tolerance's site that is interactive and could be turned into a reader's theater or play. I actually just got puppets this summer on eBay of three billy goats and a troll to use for this lesson.

I really enjoy integrating art into my lessons too. In We Can Break Down Walls, I utilized another great Teaching Tolerance story, Papalotzin and the Monarchs: A Bilingual Border Tale. As part of my lesson, students colored paper butterflies. A way cheap and easy way to make this activity a more involved craft project would be to create coffee filter butterflies. I have created coffee filter butterflies in the past by using markers and a spray bottle instead of paint. Students enjoy this activity and no two butterflies look exactly alike.

Check out some of the other lessons I have facilitated that incorporate art: BEE Cooperative, BEE Drug Free, Turn Your Cruelty into Kindness, and With Our Own Two Hands.

If you are looking for more ways to integrate art into counseling, I would recommend a FREE pdf book: Crayoloa Dream Makers Drawing on Character. I went to a conference a few years ago where one of the sessions was about a counselor and the art teacher who worked together for an after school program. They utilized Crayola Dream Makers Drawing on Character. I just got the book Crayola Dream Makers After School Programs at the end of the school year last year and I can't wait to use it!

Do you integrate drama or art into your lessons? What is your favorite? Do you have suggestions for resources? Comment below, email me, or visit the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page!

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources.  Contact Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.



Sunday, August 22, 2010

Welcoming New Students

Our district has a large transient population. We have new families coming into our school district daily. As a school counselor at my school, I have the opportunity to greet new students and welcome them to our school and district. Sometimes students come to our school from another school within the district, but other times the family is relocating and they are unfamiliar with our district. Taking the time to meet with new students and families helps them to feel connected and lets them know that the school counselor is someone they can talk to about questions and concerns.

This year I want to be more proactive about making new students feel welcome. I am planning to provide new students with a “welcome packet” including basic materials such as a pencil, notebook, and a school planner.  Some students come to their first day of school without any school supplies and some students do not even have a backpack. (I get family members to collect backpacks, tote bags, and drawstring bags to give to students without backpacks). I believe a “welcome packet” would assist new students in being prepared for school and make them excited about their new school.

I designed welcome postcards on Vistaprint to include in the "welcome packets."  On the back of the welcome postcard, I explain my role as a school counselor and give my contact information.  I am hoping to get someone at school to translate the welcome postcard into Spanish so I have welcome postcards for families who speak Spanish.
 
To order FREE Vistaprint postcards like the ones I made, click on the link. The postcards are the fourth item down on the left side. Vistaprint runs specials all the time so keep checking back for great offers.

Click here to more creations I made using Vistaprint.

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources.  Contact Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Get Funded!

School Counselors (and other education professionals!) spend a lot of our own money to buy materials for groups, projects, programs, and even basic supplies we need to do our job. The majority of the materials I buy are out of my own pocket. There are organizations, however, that assist educators in getting projects and programs funded.

Local Businesses and Organizations
I have written letters to various organizations in my community for donations. I have not gotten every donation request funded, but I have received donations for the majority of my requests.  Local grocery stores, Target, JC Penny's, Men's Warehouse, Staples, and Walmart have all given me donations after sending a request.  Most businesses give a gift card donation and allow the requester to pick out the items.

Target, JC Penny's, and Men's Warehouse were instrumental in our districts "Work the Runway" career fashion show. Target allowed us to use over $700 worth of Mossimo and Merona brand clothing for the students to model in the fashion show. JC Penny also allowed us to use $200 of their clothing.  Men's Warehouse donated three suit rentals for students. I was also able to get a local modeling agency to volunteer their time for our runway show.

Here is an example of a letter I wrote to a local grocery store to request donations for a School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support reward.

Donation Websites

Donors Choose
Donors Choose is an organization that funds projects and programs for educators. Members can create a project based on the items they need for their school. Once a project is up, it becomes searchable and anyone can donate to it. Projects can be shared on facebook, twitter, linked in or through email. Once a project is funded, the creator of the project must send a "thank you" to the donors.

I know many people who have gotten their projects fully funded. A woman I worked with previously has gotten 5 of her projects fully funded through Donors Choose. View her active projects and completed projects.

Follow Donors Choose on twitter and  facebook to get updates! Donors Choose often runs special promotions with partner organziations.

Adopt-A-Classroom
Adopt-A-Classroom is an organization that helps educators through support and donations. Educators register on the website and donors can search for classrooms they would like to sponsor. Adopt-A-Classroom does not require educators to register for a specific item or project. Once a donation is received, the educator's account is credited. The educator can then use the money at specific websites designated by Adopt-A-Classroom.

Adopt-A-Classroom often runs special promotions. Follow Adopt-A-Classroom on twitter, facebook, and read Adopt-A-Classroom's blog for updates! I wrote a blog entry about Adopt-A-Classroom's Bag it Forward partnership with Elmer's Glue.

Adopt-A-Classroom also has videos on YouTube.

I Love Schools
I saw I Love Schools featured in the current issue of Whole Living magazine. I was excited to check it out and see what it was all about.

I Love Schools is an organization that allows educators, schools, and districts to create wish lists for products, resources, or services they need. Donors give money to through the website and it is credited to the educator, school, or district's account.  The entity recieving the donation can then choose products from a catalog of educational supplies.

I Love Schools also has a Donor Offer Board where individuals or groups can post items they are willing to donate.  In my search I saw computer monitors, art supplies, and binders. Each product specifies if the donor is willing to pay the shipping or if the recipient must pay the shipping.

Follow I Love Schools on twitter and read I Love Schools blog for updates!

Get Started and Get Funded!
I encourage readers write to local businesses and organizations and sign up for a donation site. Share your site with others on facebook, twitter, and through email. The more you spread awareness about your project the better chance you have of getting it funded!

Are you a member of any of the donations sites I mentioned? Do you know of any other donation sites? Have you had any of your projects funded by local businesses or a donation site? Share you experience in the comment section or on the School Counselor Blog Facebook page!

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources.  Contact Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Being a School Counselor: Loves and Challeges

A reader asked me to share the pros and cons of my job as a school counselor. Instead of giving pros and cons I would rather share things I love about my job and some challenges.

Things I love about being a School Counselor

Working with Students.  I love that I am able to offer students a place where they feel safe and will be heard. I have a variety of toys, games, and art supplies so students can express their concerns and feelings non-verbally as well as verbally.

Facilitating Groups. I love facilitating groups. It is very powerful to watch the group change over time and to see students helping other students.  I facilitate groups on a myriad of topics, including anger management, grief/loss, children of incarcerated parents, attendance, character education, and more.

Facilitating Classroom Lessons. I love going into the classroom to facilitate lessons.  Facilitating classroom lessons allows me to connect with all students. Some students with whom I never met before will come to meet with me after classroom lessons. Being visible in the school makes students more comfortable with coming to see me. Some of my favorite lessons have been: "Rumors and Toothpaste," "With Our Own Two Hands," and "Spaghetti, Marshmallows, and Cooperation."

Unpredictability. I love the unpredictability of my day. I wrote about this in blog post called "Plan to be Surprised." The school day is unpredictable and the day may be completely different than you originally planned.


Challenges I Face in my Job as a School Counselor.

Never Enough Time. One of the challenges I face is feeling like I never have enough time. That is probably the biggest one. As a school counselor, you are asked to wear many hats. I am in leadership positions in the school, I have meetings for the counseling division for the district, I have professional development opportunities I want to attend, and I have my normal roles and responsibilities.

Also, the unpredictability I love can also add to the "never enough time" challenge.  Some days I have things planned that I need to get done and there is a crisis that I end up working with most of the day (or sometimes the whole day). I either have to stay after school to finish it, come in early, or get it done later than I wanted to.

Attendance. At my district, the counselors play a large role in the attendance process. We schedule meetings with families called Truancy Elimination Plan (TEP) meetings. Attendance is a huge issue in our district. This process is very time consuming and it is difficult at times to get the families to come in to school. I am going to try to make this process more proactive this school year. I collected data last year of students with the most days missed and plan on running some groups and doing programs specifically for those students.

A lot of the students do not have alarm clocks. My friend and colleague wrote letters to local businesses to get donations of alarm clocks because she was spending so much of her own personal money to buy them for students. I plan to write donation letters also because sometimes the problem of truancy is as simple as the student needing a clock.

Scheduling. I enjoy meeting with students about career development and career interests. Scheduling last year was a daunting task because I was new to the building and did not really know the 8th graders before I assisted them with scheduling. I scheduled about 80 students and entered each one into the computer. It was very time consuming.

This year, I think the process will go much smoother. I plan to do classroom lessons with the 8th grade before scheduling.  I want all of the students to complete a career interest inventory before scheduling as well. I believe that if students have an idea of what they are interested in before scheduling it will help me help them make a correlation between their interests and the classes they want to take in 9th grade.

School Counseling is What YOU Make of it. 

I love my job even the challenges (gasp!). I personally like to feel challenged it is what makes my life interesting. I may not have control over everything, but I do have control over the way I advocate for myself and my program. I have worked a variety of places, but the same theme has rang true for me: School Counseling is What YOU Make of it.

Something my dad always says is: "You don't get what you don't ask for." That statement is very true! I think about that statement a lot in my everyday life. (It stifles my complaining about things... well most of the time anyway ;) ). If you want more time to go into the classroom for classroom lessons, ask! If you don't get it the first time, prove it would be beneficial with data. Show what you are doing is making a difference in the lives of children. Who can argue with that?

I am not saying it is going to work every time,  or that it will happen instantly. My point again (thanks to my dad) is "You don't get what you don't ask for." If no one knows what you do is important or why you want to do it, why would they support it?

At the charter school where I worked as a long term substitute, I did not have a space to meet with students individually. I did however get to go into the classroom more and more because I advocated for myself and my need to connect with students as a school counselor.  I asked about having a space for students all the time, but there was no giving in on the administration's part. I was only there for three months before I was offered a full time position at my current job. So, who knows what would have happened if I kept bringing it up and proved why I needed it.

What are the things you love about school counseling? What are some of the challenges you face? Share your experience below in the comment section or on the School Counselor Blog's Facebook Page.


Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources.  Contact Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

My Journey to Becoming a School Counselor

I received a question from a reader about my journey to becoming a school counselor.

Q. I came across your blog and would like to ask you a few questions.  I am currently a Junior, working towards my bachelors in psychology and my masters in mental health counseling.  I would just like to know what your schooling was like, how fast you got a job, and just pros and cons of the job itself.

A. I started my college career at The Pennsylvania State University, where I double majored in psychology and women's studies. I was passionate about creating social awareness and helping people, but I was unsure what career I was interested in after graduation.  I thought about attending graduate school for Counseling Psychology, but I just was not sure about it. I spoke to a professor in the Counselor Education program at Penn State and discussed my interests with her.  She suggested I look for a program accredited by Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Mental Health Counseling.  I enrolled in the Mental Health Counseling program at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.  (I also wrote a post about finding a master's program that is CACREP Accredited).

During my first semester in my graduate program, I was introduced to the field of School Counseling. In Introduction to Helping Services, one of my first courses, speakers from a variety of different fields within the realm of counseling came to speak to our class. They represented College Student Personnel Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Community Counseling, and School Counseling. I was not really sure what School Counseling was.  Sure, I had a guidance counselor in high school... I thought all they did was schedule classes. I was totally not interested in sitting at a desk all day. School Counseling was the same thing, right?

WRONG! The School Counselor who came to our class spoke of individual counseling, career development, advocating for students, and working as an integral part of the school leadership team.  He spoke of lessons he facilitated and school wide programs he planned. I was entranced by his presentation. Something clicked for me like never before; I did not know it was possible to do all the things I was interested in as a career. I always wanted to do something that would enact social change. Being a school counselor would give me the opportunity to advocate for students and give them a voice.

I knew that night I wanted to change my program of study to School Counseling. It took a little while to get through the process, but I declared my program as Secondary School Counseling. I researched the program and realized I could take additional classes and become K-12 certified. I took 60 credits in 2 and 1/2 years to finish the program. (Our program only allowed me to take 12 credits at a time). My courses were amazing. I not only learned about the material being covered, but I learned so much about myself.  I also made amazing friends in the program. We still hang out with each other and keep in touch. ***I can't stress enough how important it is to have colleagues you can talk to about the work you do. Being a counselor can be stressful and it is awesome to have people who understand what you are going through and support you.***

The School Counseling program required three internship classes, Practicum, Field I, and Field II.  For my Practicum I worked at a small, relatively rural, middle school. I really enjoyed working with the middle school population. I worked with students individually, in groups, and I also assisted in organizing a 6th grade transition program. I worked with student council to make a video for incoming 6th graders.

For my Field I worked at a boarding school for students in 3rd - 8th grade, primarily from urban areas. I worked with students in 10th - 12th grade. I facilitated classroom lessons about career awareness and applying for schools, facilitated groups, met with students individually, and planned programs.  During my field I, I realized that I wanted to seek out more opportunities where I could work in an urban setting.

My Field II was probably the most interesting situation.  I arranged my Field II at an urban PreK-5 school.  I went to an inservice training for the school district and they offered to hire me as a Long Term Substitute School Counselor. I was pretty shocked to say the least. (Two of my colleagues were hired the same way.) I accepted the offer and worked as a Long Term Substitute counselor in a Pre-K - 3 building. I was the only counselor at the school with over 500 students. It gave me the opportunity to start my own programs, facilitate classroom guidance lessons, run groups, and collaborate with other school staff. I also started my blog during my Field I as a way to catalog what I was doing and share ideas with others. Check out some of my older posts to see classroom lessons I facilitated during Field II.

My Long Term Substitute position began in January and ended in May. I was trying to decide if I wanted to stay in the area or not, but the district did not offer me a job right away. I moved across the state to Pittsburgh, PA because my fiance's (now husband) job was out that way. I had interviews before I even moved out there. I had an interview the day before graduation in Pittsburgh and had to drive back that night.

I accepted a job as a Long Term Substitute school counselor at the Allegheny County Jail. In my previous fields, I facilitated groups for children of incarcerated parents. I was very interested in the position because I believed it would give a different perspective on incarceration.  I enjoyed working with the students at the jail. I facilitated classroom lessons, aide the students in credit recovery, and met with students for individual counseling.

I was asked to stay on at the jail, but I accepted a Long Term Substitute school counselor position at a K-8 charter school instead. I enjoyed working at the charter school; I loved the staff and the students. There was just one big problem, I did not have a space to meet with students.  I shared an office with two special education teachers. I enjoyed working with them, but I was very frustrated that I did not have a place to meet with students. I tried to make the best of it by using spaces such as conference rooms, book nooks, and other people's offices when they would allow me. I did a ton of classroom guidance lessons to make up for the lack of individual time I was able to see students. Check out some of my lessons I did while I was at the charter school.

I interviewed many other places while in Pittsburgh, but I did not receive any job offers besides the two I mentioned. It was very frustrating because I wanted to be the "real" counselor. I was so sick of being a substitute. Being K-12 certified allowed me to interview for positions for a variety of levels, but it was difficult because there were so many applicants and I was not originally from the area.  It was also frustrating because I did not have any connections at any schools besides where I was working.  Although I was frustrated about being a Long Term Substitute, I gained valuable experience and got tons of ideas.

At the end of November, I was offered a job in the district where I did my Field II.  I moved back across the state and have been working as a 4-8 school counselor in an urban setting ever since.  I am one of two counselors in my school. The other counselor works with students in PreK - 3. Our building is a PreK-8 school with over 800 students. In my current job I facilitate groups, classroom lessons, and individual counseling. I consult with parents, teachers, and other staff. I organize programs and collaborate with other staff. The administration at my school is awesome. The principal is very supportive of the counselors and their role in the school.

To address the reader's question about pros and cons, I wrote a follow up entry to this post: Being a School Counselor: Loves and Challenges.

Below I listed two helpful books for new counselors. The Elementary / Middle School Counselor's Survival Guide has great resources for new counselors, including examples of forms, letters, and other documents.  A Year of School Counseling, has ideas for themes for each month as pages to copy and reprint (including super cute bookmarks!).

What was your journey to becoming a counselor like? How fast did you get a job? Share your story in the comment section below or on School Counselor Blog's Facebook Page.

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources.  Contact Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

 

Saturday, August 7, 2010

School Counseling Office Space

As a school counselor, my office space had some pretty humble beginnings.

My career as a school counselor started with my final field internship.  I was hired by the school district where I was planning to do my second field internship. I was emergency certified as a school counselor and served as a long term substitute. I was using someone else's space so I didn't feel like I could really make it my own, especially because he was coming back before the end of the school year. The picture to the left shows the little area I used for my resources to work with students.

After graduating, I held two different long term substitute positions. During one of my long term substitute positions I did not have a consistent space to meet with kids! I had a desk in between two special education teachers. I enjoyed working with the special education teachers, but I had no space to meet with students that was confidential or consistent. I had to utilize other teachers classrooms, book nooks, conference rooms, the cafeteria, and the nurses office at times to meet with students. I did lots classroom guidance since I did not have a consistent space to meet with students. The picture to the left shows my desk area.

Last year, at my current school, I was so excited just to have my own space! My school counseling office was a decent size, but I wanted to be able to meet with groups in my office.  One of the teachers generously donated her U-shaped tablet to me. The table took up most of my office, but it was worth it to be able to meet with up to 8 students at a time.  (At times I would even have more than that, which is hard to believe). To the left is a picture inside my office from last year.

At the end of the school year last year I packed up my whole office because I did not know if I would have a job the following year. My district had a major budget deficit and cut a lot of positions. Thankfully, I still have a job this year!

When I went into a meeting for school, my principal told me he was giving me a new space to utilize for my school counseling office for the 2010-2011 school year! It is a small classroom! I was so excited! I really could not believe it considering how at one point I did not even have a space to meet with kids! To the right are are pictures of my new school counseling office area. It is empty right now, but I have some big plans for the space. I can't wait to post new pictures once I get my all my stuff in there.


I realized when I was looking at my pictures of my old school counseling office that I have a lot of great resources that I want to share with people. I am a visual person and I thought it would be neat to show readers pictures of my school counseling office and point out the resources. I thought this might also be helpful to new counselors to get some ideas of what to have in their office.

I created a Prezi to give readers a "tour" of my school counseling office. There are links within the Prezi so readers could access some great (mostly FREE) resources! All you have to do is click on the links! If you want to see a larger version you can also play it full screen.

View My School Counseling Office 2009-2010 Prezi or click below for a tour!







I hope you enjoy your tour!

Do you have pictures of your office that you want to share with others? Post them on the School Counselor Blog Facebook page!

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources.  Contact Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Finding Focus with Data

I received a question from a reader about what to focus on in the first year as a school counselor.

Q: I see that you're a relatively new school counselor.  I graduated in May and I just landed my 1st job in a 6-8 building!  I am so, so excited but also very overwhelmed.  There are so many things I am planning and trying to organize right now.  Do you have any suggestions on what to focus on in the first year?  I have a ton of ideas but I feel like it's unrealistic to believe I will be able to implement all of them! 

A: Trying to figure out what to focus on your first year at a school can be a daunting task. I started my current job in the middle of the school year and it was hard to determine focus then also.

When I first started at my current school, I asked the principal what he believed to be the areas that needed the most focus. Based on where he saw the need, I started working with 6th grade on conflict resolution and 8th grade on scheduling and career awareness.  After being at the school a few weeks I was able to determine some other areas of need, such as anger management and conflict resolution for other grades, but it was still difficult to maintain a focus.

DATA! DATA! DATA!

Data is the driving force of a school counseling program. It is difficult to find focus if you don't know where to start. If you do not know where your school is currently, you also won't be able to show the effectiveness of your lessons and programs.

During the school year, I attended many conferences and workshops that emphasized the benefits of using data to drive your school counseling program. My district does not currently have a school counseling curriculum, so my goal was to look at the data and base what I was doing on data and ASCA standards.  I consulted other counselors and got ideas of how to collect data and how to use data that already exists.  If you ask around, you can usually get access to attendance data, discipline referrals, state testing scores, report cards, etc.

The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) has resources on the school counseling standards and using data to drive your school counseling program. I would recommend getting the following books if you don't already have them: The ASCA National Model, The ASCA National Model Workbook, and Making Data Work.

Another great resource for learning about utilizing data is Dr. Russell Sabella's website SchoolCounselor.com. SchoolCounselor.com has tons of information about what technology you can use to collect and analyze your data.

Using data to show where your school is currently and how you are impacting students is crucial. Not only will you be able to show your impact at your school with the data, but you will also be able to show the importance of school counseling in general.

FINDING FOCUS

The other school counselor and I met yesterday to discuss our plans for the upcoming school year.  All of our efforts are going to be aimed at decreasing discipline referrals, increasing attendance, and raising state test scores. We are going to accomplish those goals by continuing to look at the data and focusing all of what we do on those areas.

At the end of last year, a team including the principals and myself, created a framework for a School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (SWPBIS) program as a part of Response to Intervention (RTIi). The whole school will be focused on rewarding positive behavior based on three school rules: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Ready (the three Rs). We will be defining the rules for each area of the school, including the classroom, the hallway, the bathroom, etc.

The other school counselor and I planned out programs and areas of focus for each month based on the three Rs. We also plan to make our classroom lessons aligned to ASCA standards and integrate them into the curriculum. There was a great article, Leveraging Classroom Time by Dr. Erin Mason, in the most recent ASCA magazine about doing just that!   

Getting Started

Being a first year counselor can be overwhelming. It was hard for me to realize that I can't do everything, especially not my first year. I recommend trying to pick two or three measurable goals for the school year. What is the greatest need in your school? What classroom guidance lessons, groups, or programs can you facilitate to influence change in that area?

Once you have determined goals, base your efforts on supporting those goals. Before you start and along the way, collect data so you can show impact. Not everything you do is going to work, but the great thing about data is you wont waste time doing interventions that don't work. You will know when it is not working so you can change it or try something else.

I hope this post helps new counselors focus their efforts! Do you have any ideas for helping new counselors find focus? Comment below or email me your ideas!

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources.  Contact Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

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