Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A YouthLight, Inc. Book Review: A Year of School Counseling - Tools and Techniques for K-12 Themes Throughout the Year

Can I tell you that I love this book?  I have used and recommended this book since 2007, when I became a school counselor district supervisor and then also when I became an adjunct professor in 2014.

This book is great for new school counselors and those tenured school counselors who are trying to learn how to implement a comprehensive school counseling program. This book highlights the different awareness dates/months that can also be found on the ASCA website and gives school counselors ideas on how to highlight and incorporate these dates into your program on a large scale for the school year. The book also lists internet sites that can provide you with more information and resources.

The topics in the book are as follows: Beginnings, Safe Schools, Career Development, Human Rights, Parent/Family Involvement, Career Education and National School Counseling Week, Government Relations, Partnerships and Collaborations, Transitions, Child Advocacy and Personal/Professional Renewal. These are all topics that we can use throughout the year. The best thing is that you don't have to use the awareness theme presented. You can pick another one and use the book as a guide to implement your own ideas.

Again, this is a great resource for graduate students and practicing school counselors, alike. It is also by Barbara Muller-Ackerman and she is a well respected veteran when it comes to school counseling practitioner books.

A Year of School Counseling


Monday, November 28, 2016

A YouthLight, Inc. Book Review: It's Not Drama, It's My Life

It's Not Drama, It's My Life is a wonderful book to share with middle school students who are in the midst of tweendom and/or adolescence and dealing with those dreaded middle school issues of body image, beauty, fashion, grades, friendships, bullying behaviors and a myriad of other concerns that plague middle school students. This book was written by an adult who shares the stories of her own "drama" while in middle school and what it meant to her, how she dealt with it and how it shaped her into the woman she is today. While we know that middle school students do not necessarily listen to their parents or teachers, they might just read the advice that is presented in this book to help them navigate those years immediately prior to high school.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

A YouthLight, Inc. Book Review: Next Steps to Social Success - Teaching Children More Advanced Skills to Help Them Deal with Social Challenges

As school counselors we come into contact with numerous children with a multitude of needs. Today, many of our students do not come to school with an understanding or knowledge of how to establish friendships. Social skills could be summarized as the personal skills needed for successful social communication and interaction with others. This book is a great tool to teach students just that, social communication and interaction with others. This is the second book in a series and it builds on the first book called, First Steps to Social Success. The book covers four areas: Building Friendships, Managing Friendships, Handling Friendship Problems and Social Skills in the Classroom. There is a CD for easy reproducibles, a pre/post test to assist with data collection, lesson procedures, graphic cue cards and digital interactive summary activities.

What I like most about this book is that if you are new counselor or a seasoned counselor who is not familiar with data collection or how to run small groups, it's a great model. The book also provides great lesson plans, thereby teaching newer counselors what school counseling lesson plans should look like. Lastly, this book is by Diane Senn and Diane has a strong history of making school counselor friendly books with concepts that are easy to implement.