There are a lot of people at work in schools right now doing some pretty amazing things. They are tired, overworked, feeling a multitude of emotions and often underappreciated for what they do. If you are a principal, supervisor, superintendent or someone who has a team working with you, take time to appreciate them. My challenge to you is to carve out 5 minutes to ask them how they are and tell them how much you appreciate them and what they are doing during this time. It matters. A little appreciation goes a long way.
If you are an educator or a School Counsellor I know you love resources so I collated a few for you to use as you start the school year. Save these on your desktop as you will want to go back to them often.
Phys.Ed resources here.
When we share we are better. If you remix mine and make it better which I know you will please share back with me @sspellmancann. Who doesn’t like resources?
“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us” Joseph Campbell
In 2013 I wrote about what I thought my ideal school would look like. Never did I or anyone else who was considering what the future of education would look like imagine what would happen in 2020. As I look forward I continue to believe we must educate the mind and the heart while having an extra dose of empathy this year as for some this has been a year of traumatic experiences.
Re -entry will not be a simple process. This year unlike any other year there is so much to consider. The Alberta Government has some ideas here for their school re entry plan. Emotional wellbeing must be at the forefront if we want to ensure our students and staff’s needs are met. Physical and psychological safety are essential for learning. So how are we going to make that happen for our youth as they re enter school? Individual students and staff may experience stressors that the rest of the school and staff are unaware of, so empathy will be essential in any re-entry plan. How do schools ensure supports are available to both staff and students as they make plans to re engage in learning at school however that may look?
I know there are many who have excellent ideas, my ideas are from the lens of School Counsellor and are not meant to be comprehensive, but some things to consider. Strategies will be needed to identify and assist students who may have been more impacted by covid than other students . For some the impacts could be long lasting, for others the impact may be that they are more resilient than ever.
How can schools and especially School Counsellors support all students, making sure to address the social and emotional needs of those who are particularly vulnerable? We need to look at risk factors as well as protective factors in identifying those in most need of supports.
Identify those students who:
- Have a history of trauma and chronic stress or other pre existing medical problems.
- Have experienced stigma and racism that may occur as a result of COVID-19.Have experienced a loss/death during this time.
- Have been exposed to abuse/neglect.
- Have parents who have lost jobs and still may be out of work. ( Food insecurity/financial insecurity can vary significantly. Those who were once secure may no longer be.)
- Are ELL learners / students with disabilities physical or intellectual.
- Develop attendance concerns: Attendance may drop due to higher rates of school refusal or attendance may become optional due to students being medically fragile. A system should be in place for school counsellors to check in with students and families during the time frame COVID-19 may still be a threat.
- Have had a more difficult time because of parental substance use and abuse.
- Have been exposed to domestic violence.
- Became sick or tested positive for COVID-19 , those who have a family member who became sick or tested positive for COVID-19, those with allergies or respiratory illnesses that may result in coughing or sneezing.
- Have equity and access concerns.
- Had a difficult time over shut down.
Acknowledge the need to connect on a regular basis with both students and staff, Find creative ways to engage students in the process of returning to school whatever it may look like . Coming back to school will be easy for some and challenging for others. Ask for their input throughout. Acknowledge and validate student and staff concerns.
Identify the protective factors that students may have:
- Ask students what it would take for them to feel psychologically and emotionally safe during this time.
- Connections : Has the student maintained positive connections, Have them identify who they are.
- Coping Skills: Identify what worked for them during covid 19 and ask them what they believe will assist them in coping as they return to school.
- Engagement: Have students identify how they will engage in their school community either virtually or in person with all health factors considered.
- Supports: Have students identify their supports and community resources.
- For some significant academic, emotional and social regression.
- For some significant fatigue and sleepiness, particularly among adolescents who have been sleeping in since March and may have irregular sleep patterns.
- Challenges and opportunities.
- Successes and the ability to learn from things that don’t work.
- The unexpected.
- Using language like anxiety when you mean upset, worried, fearful. This pandemic affected us all ,but it does not mean youth have an anxiety disorder or are depressed because of the pandemic. Let’s not pathologize , but have a wait and see attitude as to the long term impacts of covid19. Frequency, duration and intensity matter when it comes to mental health. School Counsellors will know how to access and when referrals are necessary. Ask yourself Is this normal?
- Punitive approaches when managing physical distancing requirements when possible.
- Entering into conflict with anyone who is not on the same page as you. Everyone has a story.
- Being overly concerned with attendance and more concerned with finding ways to connect with the student.
- Getting run down yourself because you are trying to do it all.
- Avoid people who bring you down or have unrealistic expectations. . Find people who lift you up and support you. Surround yourself ( at a physical distance of course ) with those people.
Collaborate with colleagues. Using email/ google meet to connect and provide resources that can assist students. Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate. It can never be understated.
- Embedding social and emotional learning into all core subjects.
- Reading How to Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi over the summer.
- Using Race and Equity resources
- Connecting students with a virtual calm space . You can find one here and here.
- Providing students with opportunities to discuss any concerns or challenges they are experiencing or needs they may have given Covid19’s impact.
- Focusing on social and emotional skill building, mental and behavioral health, personal safety and self-regulatory capacity, which likely regressed with a lack of social interactions.
- Finding opportunities for students to work cooperatively, feel empowered and able to help others.
- Finding ways to build on some of the unique experiences students have had at home.
- To find ways to connect and empower students.
- To involve and support families (we are in this together).
- To use trauma informed resources and trauma informed practices
- Informal virtual check ins. Use a google forms such as this.
- To support students in finding ways to engage in their learning.
- To develop ways to build upon relationships.
- Understand how grief has impacted us and our students.
- To use developmental assets as a guide.
- To connect with other School Counsellors who have found ways to connect virtually. Check out #scchat on Twitter.
Think about your own well being and how to address compassion fatigue and self care . Find ways to live each and every day to the best of your ability. Life will undoubtedly be very unpredictable in the fall using and sharing just for todays can be helpful.
Here are some excellent Just for Today’s from some of the youth I have worked with this year.
Just for Today I will be as happy as I can.
Just for Today I will find some fun.
Just for Today I will try and stay out of my head.
Just for Today I will make sure I get some rest!.
Just for Today I will try not to should.
Just for Today I will give myself a ‘Just for Today’ every day when I get up.
Just for Today I am living in the moment rather than thinking about what I have to do tomorrow.
Just for Today I will prioritize doing things that make me smile.
Just for Today I will trust the process and live in the momen.
Just for Today I’ m going to take some time for self care, go for a walk with my dog and breathe in the sunshine 🙂
Just for Today I am going to express my gratitude for those I love while I have the chance.
Just for Today I’ll take the happy with the hard and let them just happen… 🙂
Just for Today I will not overthink the future and just enjoy the present moment.
Just for Today I will let go of my worries and what this pandemic might bring to all of us, and just focus on the great things it has brought to all of us.
If you want to use some Just For Today’s with your students check out 101 ways to kickstart your day .
What will school reentry be like ? I can imagine that all educators including School Counsellors will have skills that they did not have before and each will work together to provide the best education possible for their students. My wish for all is to stay connected, stay healthy and safe physically , emotionally and spiritually and have an abundance of love, joy and hope .
Just for today I have a lot of hope for the future of education if we all work together to make our places and spaces a learning opportunity by helping each other along the way. School Counsellors are an essential piece of doing that in every school.
A special thanks to Bryan Sanders @nayrbgo for encouraging me to put some thoughts to paper and for all who I have connected with as we all are #learning2pivot in 2020. What do you think re-entry should look like from your lens?
Reference: School Reentry Considerations National Association of School Psychologists and the American School Counselor Association
This is a collaborative blogpost by Erin Luong and I along with a few ideas from friends. As mental health educators we believe that a focus on our mental health and well being is foundational to all education. It is impossible to focus on academics if students are not feeling secure. We believe it’s important to intentionally embed a focus on well being into every lesson with young people. All of us need to use positive self talk and coping strategies to feel better . We can all do one thing a day that will help us cope during this unprecedented time.
Hoping some of these tips help you start the day as an educator. You can post a tip for the day using Canva or just text your student the tip to start their day. As an educator I am sure you can find many creative ways to use this as you move online.
- Just for today I will start and end my day in a positive way.
- Just for today I will remember that I am ok and all will be well with the world.
- Just for today I will be proud that I stayed home and did my part to help.
- Just for today I will be grateful for all the front line workers that are helping us.
- Just for today I will celebrate our shared humanity.
- Just for today I will head outside and let the sun hit my face. I will take some fresh air breaths and listen, it may sound quieter and more peaceful than usual. I will think about what I hear, how the sun feels on my face and how those deep breaths make my body feel. Susan Fueller
- Just for today I will send some positive intentions out into the universe.
- Just for today I will think of ways to make the world a better place.
- Just for today I will learn to say I love you in as many languages as I can think of.
- Just for today I will post a positive message in my window and or use sidewalk chalk to write a message for others in my neighbourhood to see.
- Just for today I will connect with two people that lift my spirits.
- Just for today I will write or talk about one thing I am grateful for no matter how small. Helen MacKinnon
- Just for today I will remain hopeful.
- Just for today I will look back at old photo albums and tell stories from the past which made me who I am today.
- Just for today I will look in the mirror and recognize that I have a purpose for being here.
- Just for today I will make sure I am moving my body for at least 30 minutes.
- Just for today I will be kind to my mind.
- Just for today I will have an eye staring contest. Juliana Miller – MacPherson
- Just for today I will tell the people that I care about that they matter to me.
- Just for today I will not worry about what is in it for me, I will think only about what I can do to help out in every situation. Gail White
- Just for today I will dress in my favourite colour and eat my favourite food. Laurel Hunt
- Just for today I will listen to one of my favourite songs and sing along. Leena Booth
- Just for today I will say I am courageous, strong and can make a difference.
- Just for today every time I wash my hands I will tell two silly jokes and laugh. Karen Hudson
- Just for today I will talk about helpful and unhelpful worries with an adult.
- Just for today I know that I am safe and I can control my thoughts.
- Just for today I will wish upon a star.
- Just for today I will remember that challenges can be opportunities.
- Just for today I will go for a walk and notice all the beauty around me.
- Just for today I will remember that all my feelings are ok. It’s ok to be scared etc.
- Just for today I will remind myself that just because I made a mistake doesn’t mean I am one.
- Just for today I will stay strong and well.
- Just for today I will share my favorite song/poem and we can sing or say them together or to each other. Sheri Edwards
- Just for today I will not give up.
- Just for today I will ask God to get me through today.
- Just for today I will look at one way I can see the opportunities because of the challenges of today.
- Just for today I will reevaluate my priorities and tell someone what I think.
- Just for today I will let go of any thoughts that don’t help my peace of mind.
- Just for today I will remember not everyone reacts to events in the same way. I will be positive today.
- Just for today I will remember that I am loveable and capable.
- Just for today I will take a break from watching or listening to any alarming news.
- Just for today wear my clothes inside out and walk backwards. ( Laura Cormier)
- Just for today I will take care of my mind by listening to some soothing music.
- Just for today I will do one activity that I love and enjoy.
- Just for today I will check in with my parents and/ or grandparents to bring a smile to their day.
- Just for today I will find a calm space just for me.
- Just for today I will write about my feelings in a journal.
- Just for today I know that I can deal with life’s difficulties.
- Just for today I will smile often.
- Just for today I will say to myself I can cope with this uncertainty.
- Just for today I will draw out my worries.
- Just for today I will talk to an adult about what is concerning me.
- Just for today I will visualize my safe place ( a beach, being with my favourite friend , playing and singing in the rain).
- Just for today I will do more of what makes me happy.
- Just for today I will find two ways to distract myself if I start to catastrophize.
- Just for today I will let go of anything that upsets me.
- Just for today I will reassure myself that all will be well with the world.
- Just for today I will calm my wandering mind by doing something that is fun.
- Just for today I will unwind by taking time out of my day to draw, paint, sing, dance or play a game I love.
- Just for today I will read a book for 15 minutes for pleasure.
- Just for today I will be easy on myself.
- Just for today I will look for solutions.
- Just for today I will talk kindly and gently to myself just like I would my best friend.
- Just for today I will watch a funny movie or talk to a funny friend. I know laughter will help.
- Just for today I will remind myself that I matter.
- Just for today I can journal for 10 minutes.
- Just for today I will open my heart to new ways of thinking and doing.
- Just for today I will spend some extra time with people I love.
- Just for today I will use my imagination to imagine the best that can happen.
- Just for today I will remind myself of one good thing I can do for the world.
- Just for today I will love with all my heart.
- Just for today I will tell myself that life can be tough sometimes , but so am I.
- Just for today I will say I am strong, I am kind and I can do anything I make up my mind to do.
- Just for today I will recognize that I cannot change the circumstances, but I can change my reaction to it.
- Just for today I will practice breathing deeply.
- Just for today I will write 3 things I am grateful for.
- Just for today I will look at some old pictures and think of the positive memories of that time.
- Just for today I will make something new.
- Just for today I will create a song, a piece of art , a new recipe, or something I have always wanted to create.
- Just for today I will take a picture of something that brings me joy.
- Just for today I will lift someone else’s spirits.
- Just for today I will spread some kindness and love in the world.
- Just for today I will make hot chocolate and eat my favourite cookie.
- Just for today I will write a love letter.
- Just for today whenever I find myself thinking negative I will challenge those thoughts.
- Just for today I will reach out to someone who needs it.
- Just for today I will jump for joy.
- Just for today I will start a blog, a vlog or share something that makes the world a better place.
- Just for today I will share at least 2 jokes with others.
- Just for today I will connect with someone from a different generation than I am, to learn more about how they see the world.
- Just for today I will try a new recipe from a different culture.
- Just for today I will learn to make a friendship bracelet.
- Just for today I will collaborate with a friend on a project to make the world a better place.
- Just for today I will make a playlist of songs which inspire me.
- Just for today I will play a board game with my family.
- Just for today I will make a short video.
- Just for today I will try a zoom chat with friends.
- Just for today I will focus on what I need.
- Just for today I will share something I am passionate about.
- Just for today I will tell my colleagues and friends how much I appreciate all they do.
- Just for today I will reach out to see if I can help someone else in the world.
What is your Just for Today ? Please share with us so we can share with educators from around the world.
As School Counsellors and educators one of the biggest responsibilities we have is to keep our students safe .
How do we do that? Very carefully and with much thought and effort as well as an understanding of the research around what works best. Bruce Perry founder of child trauma academy states that active shooter training is not always done properly , the training that occurs in schools should focus on adults. He says, “if the educators and people who are responsible for children remain calm then the students will reflect that emotional state”. Read more about what he says here.
What can be done? The answers are complex and require teams of people to assist. That is where a Comprehensive School Counselling Plan comes in. School Counsellors are always looking at ways to make school better for students, putting the psychological health and safety of students as a priority. We need to get students the help they need long before a serious threat occurs. The answers are not easy , but those who have learned before us can teach us some things we may need to know. Take a look at these recommendations from the Sandy Hook advisory committee.
As stated in that report , “There is at least one place, other than a home, in which every person, whether a child or adult, should feel absolutely safe and secure from the threat
of physical harm: school. ” I could not agree more. School Counsellors can take the lead along with staffs to make schools a safe place to be. Mental health literacy is essential for all students and staff members. Building relationships is one small step towards creating a community that focuses on what is important.
Working to ensure that we have a safe and caring school community is always on the mind of a professional school counsellor. Best practices should be reviewed and reflected upon each year based on individual school needs. School Counsellors are in a unique position to assist in preventative measures helping students to deal with stressors and social isolation. We also know it takes a team and we don’t have all the answers, but there are many things we can do and are doing already. We are but one of a community of people that make a difference. We as School Counsellors can help make our schools a safe place to be.
“There are scores of people waiting for someone just like you to come along, people who will appreciate your compassion, your encouragement, who will need your unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because you took the time to share what you had to give.” Leo Buscaglia
This week I am fortunate to attend the Inspiring Leadership Form at The University of Regina. I look forward to listening to women who have had many challenges in life and turned them into opportunities to learn and grow and inspire young women to take leadership roles at an early age. As Dr. Vianne Timmons says to make sure we surround ourselves with others who lift us up.
Presently, I am running a leadership group for a group of grade five students. I recognize that in order for them to take on leadership roles, I must model positive leadership and expose students to as many leadership opportunities as I can at an early age.
Being a leader isn’t always easy. It involves being brave, having courage, love , hope, passion, risk, self awareness, strength and trust among many other qualities. Sometimes it means having a thick skin, not allowing negativity to stop us from reaching higher. Having a growth mindset helps young leaders learn that failure is not a bad word. It is how we learn and grow and gain the strengths to be positive leaders in many ways throughout life. We each have a role to play in being leaders.
As School Counsellors we are in a unique position to not only model leadership , but to provide opportunities for students to thrive as leaders of today and tomorrow who are advocates and not afraid to become the kind of people they are meant to be … not perfect, but full of potential helping to make this a better world.
Collaboration and connecting with other leaders will help us to find our voice and be the kind of leaders our young people need.
Inspiring leadership begins with me and I hope with you too.
Often when I am looking for a twitter chat I notice #scchat is left out , so if you have never heard about it look no further.
SCCHAT is held the first Wed. of every month from Sept.-June 6:30MT 8:30ET #scchat is an International School Counsellor chat for those across the world, but even if you are not a School Counsellor we welcome you in . School Counselors ,administrators and teachers collaborate all the time. We need each other . We are better with each other . So come along with us. Drop by any month for a little chat. We’d love to connect with you.
You can learn more about our founder, chats and co-moderators here.
Education Hashtags you may wish to follow:
#1 SCHOOL COUNSELLORS ,COUNSELLOR EDUCATORS #scchat
#4 PRINCIPALS #Principals
#5 EDUCATORS #MasteryChat
#6 STUDENT VOICE #StudentVoice
#7 DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP#DigitalCitizenship
#8 GLOBAL ED #GlobalEdChat
#9 EDTECH #EdTech
#10 EDUCATORS #AchievementGap
For those of you interested in specific subject areas here are other Education hashtags you may wish to follow:
COMPUTER SCIENCE #CompSci
For those interested in Grade Level hashtags
For a list of dates and times of weekly Education chats you can click here.
As a School Counsellor you have many roles to play and from personal experience I know sometimes we get caught up in all the daily things that need to get done . So just for today why not aim for improving the lives of your students and better yet why not look for ways to improve your own life. Amy Fast @fastcrayon says , “we don’t do what we do in schools to get good results/ data. We do what we do to improve the lives of humans. Good academic results are the byproduct. If we only aim for data, we may not succeed in improving lives. But , if we aim for improving lives the data will always follow“
First let me start with a few questions.
- What are ways you feel hopeful that you can improve the lives of your students and instil hope?
- How do you help those that are struggling academically, socially or emotionally?
- How do you educate the mind and the heart?
- How do help students love learning and life ?
- How do you help students live positively as a good citizen in their community and in the world?
- How do you build healthy meaningful relationships with students and help them to do the same?
- How do you help students feel a sense of belonging?
- How do you assist students in finding their purpose and passion?
- How do you help students make better choices?
- How do you create a spark in a child’s eye so that they can become the people they are meant to be?
- How can you make a difference in the lives of the students you serve, academically, socially, emotionally , physically and spiritually?
- How can you collaborate with others to improve the lives of students so that they know how much they matter and can be successful in school and in life?
Reflection makes us all better and in the end it not only helps us improve our own lives, but also the lives of those we work with. Let’s start with you and your worth and then let’s move on to students. How can you improve your own life? :
If you take good care of yourself you will be better able to assist students in improving their lives. Every day you as a School Counsellor reach out to help make students lives better. Keep doing the amazing work you do every day and keep on reflecting. As a Professional School Counsellor you can and do make an impact and a difference every day in oh so many ways.
How do we instill an insatiable desire to learn and live life to the fullest while teaching students to self regulate when it comes to cell phone use?
Self – regulation is the process that the brain goes through that gives us the ability to control our behaviors and emotions in response to a particular situation. It’s having the skill to calm ourselves down when upset or in distress.
In this day and age all of us need to monitor how and why we use our cell phones. According to Dr. Stuart Shanker self -regulation is as much about regulating positive emotions as it is about down regulating negative emotions . Only when we are regulated can we self – regulate.
As adults we need to model self – regulation. There are several ways we attempt to soothe ourselves. some good , some not so good. The coping skills we use can help us or hurt us. If we want to help others then we need to model positive cell phone use and be able to share with others what we do and how we do it.
Self–evaluation is pivotal. Evaluate your thoughts , feelings and actions when it comes to your cell phone use
• Be open … ask yourself is my cell phone use helping or hurting me or others?
Ask yourself …
- Does my cell phone use lift me up or tear me down?
- Is there ways to change my use of my cell phone so that I can feel better about myself?
- Am I on my phone too much ? Do others notice and think I should change?
- Is using my cell phone too much stressing me out? If so how can I restore my energy? What do I need to do differently?
- Am I getting enough sleep , exercise , and nutrition ? Acknowledge what you need to do to change.
- Do I have a positive self –esteem? Am I using my phone because I know it will help me or hurt me?
- Are my relationships in tact? Do I find many opportunities to connect F2F?
- Am I more anxious , happy or sad because of my cell phone use?
- Do I really need to use your phone right now or can it wait till later?
- Am I on track with what I need to do or is my cell phone just a distraction for me right now?
- Am I being mindful of what I really need to do ? Am I prioritizing what is truly important in my life or am I using my cell phone as an escape?
How to self – regulate when it comes to phone use:
• Try asking your friends and family for tips. What works for them?
Try some of these tips.
• Keep phone on vibrate instead of listening to the constant ping of the phone. I have my phone on vibrate 99% of the time.
• Turn phone face down when not using it so you don’t look at it all the time.
• Put your phone somewhere not easily available when eating meals or at times that you know you need a break.
• Set times that you will use your phone and times you won’t ( I make it my rule that I never take my phone out while eating a meal or talking with someone) .
• Get involved … have a number of interests. It’s hard to use your cell phone while playing hockey or dancing or singing or a zillion of the other great things you can get involved in.
• Put your phone away at night and use an alarm clock instead so you can get a good nights sleep away from your phone.
Use Self- talk
• I do not need to be on my cell phone right now, it is not helpful.
• I can wait till later to use my cell phone because I need to be present to what is happening right now in this moment.
• I am proud of myself and the positive ways I use my cell phone
• If cell phone use has become a concern … journal what is happening for you.
• Journal all the positive ways you use your cell phone.
• Do you pause between being triggered and responding by being on your phone? Ask yourself is connecting leading to you feeling happy, sad, validated or invalidated, included or excluded?
• Ask yourself : How can I feel connected and close to others ? Is online the best way to do this at this time?
Positive Coping Strategies
• Make a list of yours and share it with your family and friends.
Stages of Change
• Ask yourself and be honest What stage of change am I in ? Ask yourself what is holding me back or moving me forward when it comes to my cell phone use ?
• Ask yourself … do I need help to get to where I want to go? If so your School Counsellor, Psychologist or a therapist can help you.
• To friends, teachers, your family, a School Counsellor . We all need a little support in order to self – regulate when it comes to our cell phone use. It is a strength to ask for help.
Maybe you need a little digital detox . It is more than ok to take a break from your phone. You decide what works best for you now that you have taken an honest look at yourself.
Once you have learned ways to help yourself , you maybe able to assist others with their technology use as well. Recognize that you are not perfect and will need to self evaluate often … I know I do.
So grow, learn and live the best possible life you can recognizing that technology has the power to help you or hurt you. What you do is up to you. I love my phone and I’m sure you do too. So let’s see if we can self-regulate to make ourselves and the world a better place. Maybe someday we’ll meet face to face and talk about how we did.
Handling a crisis can impact the school and the School Counsellor in ways that are unforseen. The School Counsellor often takes the lead along with administration in our schools, but may be missed in recognizing the support they need because of their uniques role in offering social emotional supports to so many.
This podcast below will help all School Counsellors in a preventative way . Thanks to Trish Hatch @hatchingresults for the excellent podcast on Putting Out The Fire: A School Counsellors Role in Times of Crisis.
Your comment, “what’s unique about the School Counsellor is that they are involved in the crisis as well, what often happens is the School Counsellor puts their own needs aside as they take care of others.” This concept is so important for all to recognize. We are helpers and how we model handling a crisis is vital. If we remain calm, then students and staff will see that . As a School Counsellor I know I often handled crisis with calm , but on the inside I knew I would need support after the crisis was over. That’s why debriefing and supports are essential.
If we are the leaders in our Student Services teams, we need to monitor how our team is doing and if they have been triggered by the crisis for whatever reason. We need to step in and step up to support them. Even if that means letting them know it is ok to step back and let others handle the crisis. The School Counsellor may have worked with the student or students related to the crisis , so they may need time for themselves to process and take care of their own needs. We too as the leader may be impacted so we need to be self-aware and know when we ourselves need to step back. This is one of the many great reasons to have districts who have a district crisis team that can come into the school and assist.
We are most certainly in the uniques role of helping others , so having a supportive admin. team is essential. Fortunately for me I have had wonderful leaders who know, support and understand the role of School Counsellors.
I hope you will use this podcast as a reflective tool and a great segue to important discussions with your counselling teams.
For easy access to this podcast, click here and listen to the end. It is perfect PD all online for School Counsellors.
At 20:00 check out Vanessa Gomez Lee where she discusses ( a crate, a file box) I’ll call it a CR Kit for SC that every School Counsellor should have .
All districts have an emergency response plan and lock down kits each unique to their district. The CR School Counsellor Kit will be different . What should be in the kit that is different from your lock down kits?
Crisis Response Materials
- Brochures or other materials on natural responses to grief. So many other great resources here .
- Crisis Plan
- Important Phone numbers
- Community Resources
- Markers and Paper for Students to write or draw their feelings
What else do you think should be in this kit?
- Stress balls ????????
I would love to hear your ideas. Again thanks to all the great School Counsellors who not only take the lead in their schools , but are always willing to share and help others . Thanks #scchat!