Saturday, August 29, 2015

High School: Be More Ready Than Not: A Post for Teen Life Media


We all know that high school is very different from middle school. Being a 9th grader can be a stepping stone to a wonderful high school experience. Let's make sure that all freshman are successful as they enter their next rite of passage! High School: Be More Ready Than Not

Back in September 2014 I created a blog post about Teen Life and their free magazines for secondary school counselors. I love their site, FB page and tweets. They provide a plethora of information for tweens and teens and their parents. I am honored to be a guest blogger for Teen Life Media.

Teen Life provides the web's most comprehensive directory of STEM, gap year, pre-college, overnight summer and community service programs for students in grades 7-12. (taken from website)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

New School? Here are 6 Things to Remember: Post for Teen Life Media



Know someone who is moving to a new this fall? Here are some essential tips to help them make the most of their transition. New School? 6 Things to Remember

Back in September 2014 I created a blog post about Teen Life and their free magazines for secondary school counselors. I love their site, FB page and tweets. They provide a plethora of information for tweens and teens and their parents. I am honored to be a guest blogger for Teen Life Media.

Teen Life provides the web's most comprehensive directory of STEM, gap year, pre-college, overnight summer and community service programs for students in grades 7-12. (taken from website)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Youth Light Book Review: StarBound: A Journey to Leadership Development, Empowerment and Drama Reduction for Girls




I'm going to be completely honest. I have worked at every level and as a school counselor there are two areas I am not particularly found of, nor strong in...that is middle school counseling and small groups. Been there. Done that. Couldn't wait to leave. Give me high and elementary schools, classroom lessons and individual counseling ALL DAY LONG! LOL! HOWEVER...had this book been around...back then...I might have liked both way more than I do now!

This book is so easy to understand. The steps are easy to replicate. The book comes with everything you need start the group...forms, charts, slips, surveys, quotes, activities and lessons to assist your female students in grades 3 - 9 in 'reaching for the stars". Moreover, everything you need is on the CD that is included. You literally do not have to do anything, but follow what is provided. I love it. I think it is great for those group phobic school counselors...to the brand newbies who have never ran a small group...to the seasoned veterans, who can run groups with their eyes closed. What I like most is that even though Carol Miller has given you all the tools you need, it is set up so that no two groups will ever be the same. Your students should enjoy the activities for they help to create self-awareness and boost meta-cognition. These are great byproducts of empowerment. 

Hats off to Carol. I don't know how she does it. I thought I lived and breathed school counseling, but she's got me beat! This truly is a great resource.



Enjoy!




 

Tracy is a School Counseling Coordinator with a PhD in counseling, National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Distance Certified Counselor (DCC), Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner (EVGP), blogger at The Extraordinary School Counselor, a place where one can find information and resources for today's school counselor...with an occasional rant thrown in the mix!, and Extraordinary School Counseling, LLC which provides resume reviews for school counseling graduate students and school counseling professionals.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Youth Light Book Review: Why Do I Hurt Myself?


 


Why Do I Hurt Myself is a vital book to add to any school counselor's book collection. With self-injuring starting as early as 4th and 5th grade, this book is a great resource to open cathartic dialogue with students who are in pain. This book's intended audience are grades 4 - 6 and should be read with or to them by a school counselor and/or nurse. It may assist in helping the student understand why they are participating in self-harming behavior.  I personally have Susan Bowman's other book, See My Pain and find it extremely helpful when working with students. 

Again this book is a great addition to the elementary school counselor's collection.


Why Do I Hurt Myself?



Tracy is a School Counseling Coordinator with a PhD in counseling, National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Distance Certified Counselor (DCC), Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner (EVGP), blogger at The Extraordinary School Counselor, a place where one can find information and resources for today's school counselor...with an occasional rant thrown in the mix!, and Extraordinary School Counseling, LLC which provides resume reviews for school counseling graduate students and school counseling professionals.

You can find Tracy on LinkedInGoogle+, and Twitter




Tuesday, August 4, 2015

THERE ARE STILL SCHOOL COUNSELING JOBS OUT THERE!!!!

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I know there are those of you out there in blog land who are still looking for school counselor jobs. I have found three more sites since I last posted the list in May! I have perused all the sites in the past two days and THERE ARE STILL JOBS OUT THERE!!! The reality is you may have to move or take a long-term sub job until a permanent one comes up. For those of you who have no contract right now (meaning...you do not currently work for another school district/division), you have the BEST shot at obtaining a job.

Here are the sites. I know there are school counseling positions available. It's up to you to decide how badly you want one!

K12jobs.com
USREAP.net
USAjobs.gov
Topschooljobs.org
Schoolspring.com
Monster.com


Good Luck!




Tracy is a School Counseling Coordinator, National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Distance Certified Counselor (DCC), Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner (EVGP). She has a PhD in Counseling and is a blogger at The Extraordinary School Counselor, a place where one can find information and resources for today's school counselor...with an occasional rant thrown in the mix!, and Extraordinary School Counseling, LLC which also provides resume reviews for school counseling graduate students and school counseling professionals.

You can find Tracy on email, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter