On this page, I’ve put together some of my favorite counseling resources. I’m sure you will find something you can use today!
Counseling Resources: Freebies & Low-Cost Items
Hopeful Endings & Happy Beginnings: A School Closure Distance Learning Activity
The news that schools have closed their campuses for the year is hard for so many of us, students and adults alike. This school counseling resource includes an activity plan and a 9 page presentation that students and families can use to process the early closing of school campuses across the nation. It is a distance learning activity will help you, your students, and the community to process this event with hope and heart.
Coronavirus School Counseling Homebound Coping Skills List
This school counseling resource includes a one page chart of healthy coping skills that students and families can use while homebound to calm themselves and feel better when struggling with worries or negative thoughts related to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Stress Management Guidance Lesson-Mindfulness & Growth Mindset
Teach students to manage their stress through practicing mindfulness and adopting a growth mindset! This freebie comes with various activities that you can use in a whole class lesson or even in a group session! Click on the stress management image above to download it.
Group Discussion Activity-Healthy Coping Skills
This is a great handout to give in a group session or a guidance lesson! Teach your students all the ways to cope with life’s difficulties in a healthful way! This freebie comes with discussion questions to.! Click on the healthy coping skills image to download it.
Crisis Intervention Steps and Resources
Dealing with student crises is a sad, but important part of our job as counselors. At my school, we have a set protocol for dealing with student crises, or “3 Hurts Emergencies”. Click on the yoga girl picture for my detailed crisis intervention steps and resources.
Group Guidance and Lesson Data Tools
These handy products show you how to make pre and posttests for your counseling groups and/or guidance lessons and then turn them into hard and fast data graphs to show the awesome progress your students are making!
College & Career Guidance Lesson
Click on the bulletin board picture to check out this lesson! It uses the amazing and FREE publications from the student.gov website of the US Department of Education! Your students of any age will be captivated by these college and career brochures. Guide your students to learn lots of crucial info about planning for their future. Celebrate their future with activities and discussion about what “college” actually means! With this lesson, teach them how to start on the path to get there. Happy Learning!
Yearly School Counseling Curriculum & Weekly Schedule!
There’s a lot of interest these days in templates for school counselor curriculum/calendars as well as templates for a weekly/daily schedule that is based on the American School Counselors Association model. So,I’d like to offer ours up! Click on the red image to download both a counseling curricular calendar and a weekly/daily schedule template. Happy Planning!
Counseling Needs Assessment- For Students
Do you work with upper elementary, middle or high school students? If so, they can fill out their own needs assessment to tell you exactly what topics they need and want in their counseling classroom lessons! Use this assessment with students and plan your lessons accordingly!
Counseling Program Presentation to Staff
Each year during Back-to-School Season, my co-counselors and I spend time and effort putting together a presentation for staff about our counseling program. This is such an important part of what we do- it is crucial to present to staff about your program and what your job entails. If colleagues and administrators don’t know what we do, they might think we need things to do. Or worse, they might feel resentful if they think our job has less duties than their job. Click on the purple picture to download a free template that you can use to create a presentation that lets you explain your dynamic program to your staff!
Counseling Resources: Stephanie Talks School Counseling!
In this video below, I briefly explain how to use the American School Counselor Association and Texas School Counseling Association Models to enhance and advocate for your school counseling program! Take a look and learn how to work with your principal to lessen your non-counseling duties so that you can implement best-practice counseling strategies at your school!
Counseling Resources: Helpful Links
Below is a collection of some of the great websites I’ve been collecting over the years. Read over the brief description of each link below to see which ones will best serve your needs and then just click on them. I hope they serve you as well as they have served me!
Edutopia– What a great, great site with articles on the latest and most cutting edge topics in the education field. This is the site I use for sending articles to my principal to convince him to support a best practice counseling program!
The Great State of Texas School Counselors – Super helpful group for counselors (especially those working in Texas schools) to exchange ideas, ask questions, share resources, and support each other.
The Mental Health Marketplace – Fabulous Facebook storefront for counselors, therapists, SEL specialists, and any other mental health professionals to share, exchange, buy, or sell their counseling resources!
Watch Wellcast – Amazing Youtube site with tons of fun, animated mental health and school success videos!
Youth Suicide Prevention – Helpful info and incredible resources for students struggling with suicide and depression.
Big Future – My absolute favorite college readiness website! Check out the college student videos and show them to your kiddos in guidance lessons- they will be entranced!
Student Aid.Gov – The US Department of Education’s website with tons of free downloadables in English and Spanish related to college and career readiness.
Kids Health – A wonderful site for info, videos, and resources on every health topic you can imagine. They have especially good mental health resources.
School Counselor.com – Russell Sabella, the former Prez of ASCA, has a great site featuring the latest in technology for school counselors and the newest media about counseling