Sunday, January 31, 2016

Book Review: Behind the Counselor's Door: Teenagers' True Confessions, Trials and Triumphs

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I have to admit that when I first read the title of this book, I was scared. I was scared because I thought "Oh, no! This is going to compromise the profession of school counseling. Students are not going to trust us. They are not going to want to come to see us". However, after completing the book, I don't think that way at all. I can see the rationale behind wanting to share stories of teens with other teens, because sometimes young adults think they are the only ones who are going through that situation. They don't think there is anyone else their age who has the same experiences that they do. This book proves that point. Kevin Kuczynski's book was tastefully and thoughtfully written; and I could easily find myself recalling similar scenarios with my former students. The book is broken up into three sections: School, Life and Tips to Succeed. While I liked the book, and it covered serious topics like what to do if your parents are alcoholics and teen sex; other topics like LGBTQ issues, being a bi-racial student and depression were not discussed. These topics seem to be ever present in today's schools and effect students all the time. Nonetheless, it is a great read for students and parents alike. I can even see this book being used with small groups of high school students as "what if?" or "what would you do?" scenarios, which could lead to rich and empowering discussions about the aforementioned areas of a teen's life. 


Behind the Counselor's Door



Enjoy!




Tracy is a School Counseling Supervisor 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!, andExtraordinary School Counseling, LLC which provides resume reviews for school counseling graduate students and school counseling professionals.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

YouthLight, Inc. Book Review - Trusty Becomes an Upstander!






This book is all about standing up for oneself. Trusty the Sea Turtle encourages and teaches his friends how to stand up for themselves when they are being bullied and/or picked on by the other sea creatures. The back of the book has 10 tips for children to remember to aid them in developing upstander skills. It also provides information on sea turtles...for those students who like nature, etc. The only downside is that some readers may deem the pages bright and busy, also the font may be difficult to read at times. So, for those students who may be easily distracted by these features this book may not be for them. All and all, this is a great teaching tool.


 Trusty becomes an Upstander!


Enjoy!


Tracy is a School Counseling Supervisor 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!, andExtraordinary School Counseling, LLC which provides resume reviews for school counseling graduate students and school counseling professionals.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

YouthLight, Inc. Book Review: "SMART" Guidance (for SMART Boards)

   


In my last job, I had the opportunity to order school counseling materials for the school counselors as part of the division's comprehensive school counseling program. Upon recommendation from one of the elementary school counselors, I ordered SMART Guidance for all 54 elementary schools because the division was very heavy into technology and the school counselors were expected to know the SMART boards just like the classroom teachers. I cannot tell you how much the counselors LOVED this CD. In fact, they loved it so much, I ordered the second one as well! The lessons and activities were already created. The counselors did not have to go to Promethean Planet to create their own or modify another existing lesson. The CDs also come with reproducibles to better facilitate the lessons. I cannot tell you enough about how much the counselors enjoyed this tool. I have only heard good things!


SMART Guidance


Enjoy!



Tracy is a School Counseling Supervisor 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!, andExtraordinary School Counseling, LLC which provides resume reviews for school counseling graduate students and school counseling professionals.

You can find Tracy on LinkedInGoogle+, and Twitter

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Book Review: Tween Talk: A Tween's Guide to Social Success





As school counselors, there are many times when we don't have all the answers or don't have a lot of time to share the knowledge that we do know...due to the fact that our students are not always receptive to what we wish to share. This is especially true of middle school counselors. Middle school counselors assist students who are developmentally caught in between a rock and a hard place! You all know, I make no qualms about my experiences of being a middle school counselor. I deem it as one of the more challenging times of my career. However, had I been privy to Tween Time back then, I would have had one more great tool in my tool box. Erainna Winnett has done a great job providing possible solutions to the problems of today for young people. This book provides tweens the opportunity to think critically about situations and possible scenarios they may encounter on their way to becoming teenagers. This book is not just great for tweens, but for parents too! I am sure there are parents who could benefit from knowing about bullying, cyberbullying, peer pressure, cliques and the pressures of making friends through the eyes of a tween.  Moreover, this book teaches skill building, which is critical today. As school counselors, we know that teaching young people skills is priceless, because once a skill is learned...you have the capacity to utilize it for the rest of your life.  

Tween Talk

Enjoy!




Tracy is a School Counseling Supervisor 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 LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter