Tuesday, September 6, 2011

{giveaway} *Winner Announced* "Talk with Teens About What Matters to Them": School Counselor Blog Back to School Contest Day 6

Talk with Teens About What Matters to Them: Ready-to-Use Discussions on Stress, Identity, Feelings, Relationships, Family, and the FutureI am so excited to host the School Counselor Blog Back to School Contest, which is 10 days of daily giveaways starting September 1st and ending on September 10th!

Today is day six of the School Counselor Blog Back to School Contest.

Today's giveaway for the School Counselor Blog Back to School Contest is Talk with Teens About What Matters to Them: Ready-to-Use Discussions on Stress, Identity, Feelings, Relationships, Family, and the Future by Dr. Jean Sunde Peterson from Free Spirit Publishing.

Talk with Teens About What Matters to Them: Ready-to-Use Discussions on Stress, Identity, Feelings, Relationships, Family, and the Future is a brand new book geared for students in grades 6-12. I just received a review copy of this book from Free Spirit Publishing and I am excited to use it with the students I serve in grades 5-8.

Talk with Teens About What Matters to Them includes 75 guided discussions in six focus areas: stress, identity, feelings, relationships, family, and the future. Each section has background information, objectives, and session outlines.

Some of the activities in Talk with Teens About What Matters to Them I am looking forward to using with students include:

"Pieces of the Pie," an activity where students graph how they spend their time and how they would like to spend their time.

"Stress Boxes," an activity where students record stressors, determine how much stressor produces and determine whether the stressors are short-term stressors or long-term stressors.

"My Story," a sentence completion activity where students pretend to write a story about their life.

Although Talk with Teens About What Matters to Them is geared toward small groups, it could definitely be used for individual sessions and classroom lessons. It is evident that the activities are meant to spark discussion about challenges that are difficult for teens to talk about.

For more information and sample sessions from Talk with Teens About What Matters to Them, check out Free Spirit Publishing's website or click on the links below for free downloads.

Table of Contents
Introduction - There is a section in the introduction about how this book can help school counselors meet ASCA National Standards! :)
Focus: Stress - Sample Background Information
Focus: Identity - Sample Session
Focus: Relationships - Bullying

Talk with Teens About What Matters to Them: Ready-to-Use Discussions on Stress, Identity, Feelings, Relationships, Family, and the Future conveniently comes with a CD with all the handouts that you need to print, including a parent letter and group evaluation! It is great to be able to print from the CD instead of having to photocopy pages (we all know that photocopies don't always come out like you want them to).

The Giveaway:
One lucky winner (U.S. only) will be chosen at random to win a copy of Talk with Teens About What Matters to Them: Ready-to-Use Discussions on Stress, Identity, Feelings, Relationships, Family, and the Future by Dr. Jean Sunde Peterson. The contest for this giveaway will be closed at midnight and a winner will be announced on this item's contest page on September 7th.

How to enter:
Add a relevant comment to this contest page about how you would use Talk with Teens About What Matters to Them: Ready-to-Use Discussions on Stress, Identity, Feelings, Relationships, Family, and the Future in your work with students. The comment must appear on this item's contest page (this page). 

Want bonus entries?
Share on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or your Blog, about the contest or a specific item's contest page. Make sure to provide links back to the contest page or a specific item's contest page. For each place you visit and do this, come back to the item's contest page and leave a comment explaining where you shared information about the contest!

Good luck everyone!



THE GIVEAWAY FOR THIS ITEM IS NOW OVER.


Congratulations to Charlene Gormley!






Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest and shared great ideas of how you would use Talk With Teens About What Matters to Them in your work with students!


Comments are now closed.


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.


58 comments:

  1. I really like that the sessions can be easily adapted and customized to best meet the needs of various groups. Also that it addresses the ASCA standards.

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  2. This sounds awesome! I would definitely use this as classroom lessons and even in our intervention classes. Would love to win it!

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  3. I would definitely love this book! Starting my new job as a high school counselor soon and it might help fuel some ideas/planning for a new counseling group!

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  4. I am a first year middle school counselor and would love to use this book with my students! We are starting small groups soon and this would be perfect for helping them develop better social skills.

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  5. What a great resource! I would love to have this to add to my collection. I would definitely use it with small groups to begin discussions and activities or with individuals who are struggling with teen issues!

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  6. As a new high school counselor I am always on the look-out for resources and ideas, particularly for small groups. This looks awesome!

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  7. I think this book would be perfect to help teens discuss personal issues! I would use it in a small group or individualized setting with teens. Many times simply having a starting point is a great way to promote teens to open up. I think this book would help to create that starting point!

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  8. This would be a great resource to use with small groups to look at school climate and how we can help encourage autonomy in our schools!

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  9. This would be a great resource for me! As a counselor in a K-8 school, I am always looking for materials to meet the needs of a diverse age range. I often have no problems finding great resources for my K-5 students, but my middle school students are always a bit of a challenge. I am always interested in finding quality resources for pre-teens and teens. This would be a great addition to my collection!

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  10. This would be great for my JH students as well as my high school students. It would help the students start conversations that they may not know how to start and give them information that they may have wanted to ask but didn't know how.

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  11. I am so excited this book is coming out! I have struggled to find resources for my 6th grade small groups. There seem to be so few resources for small groups like this and the ones I have are for K-5th grade so my 6th grade groups could use a little revamping and some new ideas! Even if I don't win this, I'm for sure going to add it to my resource library!!

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  12. Just shared info on Facebook!

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  13. I'm excited to see that the six focus areas are subjects I covered in my Student Success Skills class last year. I am revamping it this year and this book would be a great resource for me.
    Xymers

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  14. I have a lot of teen materials, however the activities you gave examples of sound very helpful, I think the students would enjoy and benefit!

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  15. This looks like a fantastic resource for both my counseling sessions and advisory time with 7/8th graders!

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  16. This looks like it would be helpful for the 6th graders I work with. Perhaps a new small group on handling stress.

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  17. Yay, a new resource for Middle School students! This book would definitely fit into my Life Skills exploratory for 6-8 graders. It is easy to get them talking but relevant, guided discussions are even better!

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  18. What a great resource! I am working with a girls group for juniors and seniors at my internship site and I think that this would be a great resource for that group. It sounds like it has a lot of practical resources/lessons that would really be good for a small group setting like the one that I am working with.

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  19. This book looks fantastic! I work at a small, independent school with students in grades 6 to 12. I have time each week with grades 6, 7, and 8 for group guidance and meet with upper school students as needed. I could see myself using this resource in group lessons but also in small groups or individual sessions. We are really focusing on relationships this year as we make sure our school is a bully-free place.

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  20. I am building my library and this book would be a great resource for activities and discussion starters for working with middle and junior high students either individually or in small groups.

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  21. I am a counselor at a high school working with 9-12 grade students. I started a group with 9th grade girls related to stress. While it went well, I realized I need to further develop the group. This book seems like just the resource I need to do this!

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  22. This sounds like a fantastic book. I am a second year counselor and still trying to build my library. I've found it hard to find things my students would enjoy and relate to, but this book seems to be just what I've been looking for. I would also like to use it for the homeroom classes here and this way all teachers could help facilitate discussions on these topics.

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  23. This looks like a great book to use for a lot of different groups. I am always looking for new lessons and activities to use with my counseling groups, my lunch groups, and my classroom lessons. I like the My Story activity. I think that would work for a lot of students that would rather write to talk about their feelings.

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  24. "Talk with..." sounds like a great resource for middle schoolers. And could be easily adaptable in a variety of settings. I'm new to your blog. I love the fact that you have resources for middle schoolers. They are often the forgotten group with few sources of information or activities. I'm excited to have been turned-on to your site. THANK YOU!

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  25. This book is a GREAT resource for the population of students of whom I work with. One of my schools is for children who can not normally make it in a 'traditional' school setting. They all have a diagnosed mental illness and it is hindering them to be able to achieve in school. The identified groups and activities appear to be relevant with the topics we cover.

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  26. I shared this on Facebook

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  27. I work at a K-8 school and would love more resources for the older kids. I want to get more involved with this age group. I really enjoy working with them and this book looks like it has great topics. I would use it for classroom lessons as well as small group sessions. This will keep them engaged and start communication about topics that are important to them.

    Thanks for creating this awesome site and opportunity!

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  28. Oh my goodness, what a find! I work with all 9-12th graders. I could use the lessons in this book in my classroom guidance lessons as well as small groups and with individual students. If I don't win I will definitely be trying to order this with my first pay check!

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  29. I posted this on my Facebook.

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  30. We are starting to develop our groups for the year and the stress activities in this book would be perfect for our groups. I work with middle schoolers so it is always helpful to have activities ready to go!

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  31. I tweeted! http://twitter.com/Christina323

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  32. I facebooked too! http://www.facebook.com/christinahopefrick

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  33. I posted this on my Twitter.

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  34. As a new school counselor I am looking for activities to work with the teens at our school! I would totally use this in groups and one-on-one with students!

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  35. As a new high school counselor I am always looking for more resources. I think it could be a great ice breaker for some of my students who aren't as open as others.

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  36. I'm a brand new middle school counselor, right out of graduate school and I'm working in a middle school that has 335 students TOTAL for 6th-8th grade! Since the ratio is so small, it's me, myself, and I. I'm the only counselor at the school. Needless to say, I have the privilege of being able to get to know the students on a more personal level. I'm trying to build my library of resources so I can assist them in every way possible and I know this book would be an asset to my (ever growing) collection of resources!

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  37. I really think that this book would be great for small groups in middle school. As a graduate student in working on my 300 hours, I get to run my first groups this year and would love to have more ideas especially ones that are framed with the ASCA model.

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  38. I would like to use it during advisory. I would like to share it with teachers so they can have questions at their finger tips. Then when they are done with lessons early they can have meaninful conversations planned.

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  39. I currently work with displaced teenagers who are going through some very tough situations. We are currently looking to put together groups specifically for teens that cover topics they are going through. I think that this would be an awesome resource to guide those groups!

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  40. Shared on facebook!

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  41. As an intern in a K-6 school I am surprised at how many middle schoolers have been in to see me and my site supervisor because of stress and anxiety... I think this would be a terrific resource for a small group aimed at these particular students!

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  42. Shared on Twitter!

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  43. As a new K-8 counselor, I am in need of items to build up my "toolbox" of resources. This looks like a great way to foster appropriate and relevant discussions. I am excited to begin my groups.

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  44. This sounds like an awesome resource! And I love that it incorporates ASCA standards - no excuse not to use the activities!

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  45. I would love to own this book! I am actually starting a peer leadership group, called the Peace Corp, and will be having a half-day training with my kids- this book would be great to incorporate into their training!

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  46. I think this book looks great. I would find this really useful as a second year school social worker working with grades 7-12. I am always looking for resources to add to my library.

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  47. Also shared on facebook! https://www.facebook.com/lak250

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  48. These are great activities to use in small group or classroom guidance. This could be especially useful for honing study skills, self-esteem, career exploration, and goal-setting. What a great resource to use with teens!

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  49. Would love to use this with a new elective I have this year for students in 7th and 8th grade!

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  50. This looks like an awesome book for middle school. We have a group that meets after school to do community service/learning projects and some of those kids are also "Agents of Change" representatives for our county student leadership program ~ so I bet there are some wonderful ideas for inspiring that group.

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  51. This book would be great to use with my middle school students. I especially like how it can be used with small groups, individual counseling, and classroom guidance lessons.

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  52. This book seems like an excellent resource, not only for small groups but for classroom and individual sessions too!

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  53. This is my 12th year as a school counselor and I would LOVE to have this resource to use with my middle school population. I need new fresh ideas and approaches this year to help my 'new' kids and the ones that have been there. I need to change some things up with how my past years have gone and get back to the basics we learned in grad school. My goal is more groups and more classroom lessons = helping more students, and I could use this resource to do that!:)

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  54. I could use the activities in this book in my Grief Group, our Advisor/Advisee (Seminar) group and with individual counseling. Always looking for new resources. Thanks for a great blog!

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  55. I think this is a great tool for working with high school students. Just looking over the section and activities for stress; I think would be great to share in classroom or group guidance. During this time of year students are feeling stressed with balancing work load, college and career planning on top of other types of stressors within their life.

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