Here at my School Counselor Stephanie site, you’ll find various guidance lessons, counseling session guides, counseling program tools, SEL activities, games, and data tracking tools. I’m sure you will find something you can use today!
On this page, I’ve put together some of my favorite resources- both that I’ve created myself and that I’ve come across on other websites. Happy clicking!
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 too! Click on the image to the left to download it!
Crisis Intervention Steps and Resources
Dealing with student crises is a sad, but very important part of our job as school or clinical counselors. At my school, we have a set protocol for dealing with student crises, or “3 Hurts Emergencies” as we like to call them. Click on the picture to the left for my detailed crisis intervention steps and resources (emergency parent notification form and student safety plan).
College & Career Guidance Lesson
Click on the picture to the left to check out this lesson that uses the amazing and FREE publications from the student.gov website of the US Department of Education! Your students of any age group will be captivated by these fun college and career brochures while they learn lots of crucial info about planning for their future. Celebrate their futures, no matter the age, with fun activities combined with a lively discussion about what “college” actually means and 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 image to the left 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 picture to the left to download a free template that you can use to create a presentation that lets you explain your dynamic program to your staff!
School Counseling Program Models
In this video, 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!
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.
Huff Post Education – Likewise for this site, except it’s a bit more glam and a bit less professional. This site is our not-too-guilty pop culture pleasure when we want to keep working late at night, but are too tired to do so;)
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