2 School Counselors
By 2 School Counselors
Culturally-informed real talk about counseling students, our role in education, the state of counseling & education, and wellness. Hosted by two school counselors, working in different districts. For fellow school counselors, teachers, principals, educators, & parents/guardians. Follow us @ http://twitter.com/2Counselors
#40 Threat Assessment as School Counselors
Another school shooting prompts our discussion of the role school counselors play in threat assessments.
December 13, 2021
#39 Battling Burnout
Every teacher, counselor & educator we know is struggling with burnout this year. What causes it, and how can we overcome it to continue being there for our students?
November 29, 2021
#38 Meeting the Needs of African American Boys
We speak about the unique needs of our AA boys, and the mentorship we would like to see for them.
November 15, 2021
#37 Envisioning Education Post-Pandemic
This week we continue discussing our ongoing challenges in education & school counseling through covid. But we also look ahead to what we might see return or improve upon coming out of a pandemic.
October 18, 2021
#36 Increased Mental Health & Behavior Needs
Surviving through a pandemic is taking a severe toll on everyone's mental health. In this episode we dive into what extremes we're experiencing & offer some advice to help us all.
October 10, 2021
#35 The Master Schedule
Dealing with the monster that is a building master schedule, what our role & impact can be through scheduling, and did we mention we're in year 3 of counseling through a pandemic?
September 20, 2021
#34 Internal vs External Locus of Control & Developing grit with our students
We discuss the importance of teaching students to take responsibility for themselves, how their locus of control affects their actions and even future, and what we can do about it.
May 22, 2021
#33 The Real Advice We Would Share with Parents if We Could
We come no-holds-barred with our advice for parents/guardians. Sometimes our students need tough love, but this week the tough love is for the folks raising them. Your job isn't easy, and these are real ways to better your child's school experience (even when it's hard)
May 03, 2021
#32 Actually Useful Professional Development
We recommend some school counseling PD that can earn you CEUs, grad credit, and are way more relevant than your usual PD day offerings
April 19, 2021
#31 Wrapping Up Your School Year & A Whole Lot of Self Care Advice
We talk about where to focus the last couple months of school, how to handle moving to a new position or district, and give you permission to take all the vacation time you can.
April 05, 2021
#30 What If We Had Enough School Counselors?
We talk about the magic question, what if we had enough school counselors in every building? How would that change our impact on student outcomes?
March 15, 2021
#29 So You Want to Be a School Counselor
Our first Q&A episode, where we answer your questions about everything from grad school, to interviewing for your first job, to the surprising things you might encounter in this field
March 01, 2021
#28 Ma Rainey, Black Culture, and Black History
This week we're discussing the importance of Black History, using the film Ma Rainey as a vehicle for discussion. We talk about what has changed, what hasn't, and the impact of Black History on our students today. And India drops some spoilers.
February 15, 2021
#27 Embracing the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We consider the impact of Dr. King then and now, talk about the reality of the current political unease, and continued civil rights activism in 2021.
January 18, 2021
#26 Insurrection at the Capitol: What We Can Teach Our Kids
The political events of the past week impact all of us. How can we guide our students when they have questions, fears, or just need to debrief with us?
January 11, 2021
#25 Rediscovering Your "Why" During Pandemic Counseling
The unique challenges of this year, including drastic changes in our day-to-day work tasks & expectations, can be demoralizing to the most dedicated counselors. How can we get that spark back as we kick off 2021?
January 04, 2021
#24 Bullying & Prevention with Pro Boxer & Coach Chad Van Sickle
Real talk about the impact bullying has on kids and it's effects into adulthood. We discuss ways to combat bullying & why it matters. Check Chad out on Insta @chadv1977 or on Facebook @ Team VanSickle Boxing & MMA.
December 21, 2020
#23 Reaching the 80% in Between
Do you find yourself spending 80% of your time with 20% of your students? How can we connect with that 80% in a meaningful way?
December 07, 2020
#22 Testing: We Have Nothing Good to Say About It
We talk about why children are subjected to so much high-stakes testing, whether it's effective & what it means to keep testing kids during a major pandemic.
November 23, 2020
#21 We Love Elementary School Counselors!
Wow do elementary school counselors do a lot of important work: major social emotional learning, leaders, wrap around family services & more. We take a dive into why this work is so vital for students' development.
November 03, 2020
#20 Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline
How do schools contribute to or prevent so many kids from ending up in juvenile detention? We talk about how educators & specifically school counselors can work to disrupt the trend
October 19, 2020
#19 Support for School Counselors
For our fellow school counselors! We commiserate a bit about unique challenges of the profession (with or without covid). And we share thoughts about supporting each other through the ups & downs of such a challenging yet rewarding career.
October 05, 2020
#18 Bring Back Trapper Keepers! Executive Functioning Skills
We discuss why it's so important to develop executive functioning skills in students, and some ways school counselors can contribute
September 21, 2020
#17 New School Year, Same Pandemic, New Grade Levels & Police in Our Schools
The first episode of Season 2 packs in a lot: Challenges we're still facing & what new ones have come up... We discuss our thoughts on whether police officers belong in school settings. And India shares her self-care advice as we deal with it all.
September 07, 2020
Hiatus Update Summer 2020
We're taking a break but don't let that stop you from sharing with us! Tweet us @2Counselors or email firstname.lastname@example.org
July 18, 2020
#16 The Ethical School Counselor
We discuss the plethora of ethical dilemmas faced by school counselors on a daily basis. We talk about how to best manage these situations and remain ethical while centering our students.
June 29, 2020
#15 Happy PRIDE Month!: Supporting our LGBTQ+ Students
Are we conscious of the ways we & our colleagues impact LGBTQ+ students? How can we actively advocate for & empower this sometimes vulnerable group of students? Plus, we use our self care section to discus our contributions to BLM & embracing diverse community. Recommended resources: GLSEN, The Trevor Project & Teaching Tolerance.
June 26, 2020
#14 Ending the School Year during a Pandemic & Supporting our Students of Color
There is a LOT to unpack here. This episode was recorded a day before nationwide protests began, demanding an end to police brutality against Black people.
June 01, 2020
#13 Career Technical Education: What is it, Who should pursue it & How can we support it?
Exploring the benefits of career tech education, particularly for low income students. We dig into just how big the impact of professional certification can be for high school students. And are counselors stepping up to confront bias about CTE? See India talk about CTE on PBS at: https://youtu.be/yOowY547E0w and explore careers with www.onetonline.org
May 18, 2020
#12 Mental Health Month: The School Counselor's Role in Supporting Mental Health
An in depth discussion about our role as professionals in a mental health field, why mental health is so important, and what we can do to support it in our students (& sometimes staff). We talk about the impact of current events on everyone's mental health, and as always, India shares some self care tips. CW for graphic suicide discussion between approx 25:24-27:00
May 04, 2020
#11 All About Boys: Counseling Positive Masculinity
We delve into the world of boys, and how we can positively impact our young men. Exploring what the pressure to "be a man" looks like, and talking about how we can encourage positive masculinity.
April 27, 2020
#10 Girls, Girls, Girls: Running Successful Girl Groups & What Girls Are Up Against
India shares her extensive experience running girl groups, and discusses how your students can benefit from them. We dive into some of the unique challenges our girls face in schools, and society at large.
April 20, 2020
#9 Adapting to Remote Learning & New Tech
What are the different experiences for students & staff moving to virtual or remote learning, suddenly? Is it possible to do so equitably? Do we like anything about being online, and how is our experience with adding technology to our counseling practice?
April 14, 2020
#8 What We Can Control - Pandemic Edition
Focusing on what you can control is a key coping mechanism to getting through all kinds of challenges in life. Including international pandemics.
March 30, 2020
#7 Supporting Students from Semi-quarantine
We talk about ways school counselors can help support students beyond the brick & mortar counseling office. And remind you to wash your hands!
March 19, 2020
#6 Schools & Counseling in the Time of Pandemic
What is the full the impact of closing schools for long periods of time? How can we all mitigate anxieties & help our communities come together?
March 16, 2020
#5 When Tragedy Strikes: Grief & Crisis Management in Schools
We discuss the hardships of student death, from the counselor's grief to the student body. We discuss best practices to support our community. And remind you to breath & take care of yourself in times of crisis.
March 02, 2020
#4 The 3rd Grade Reading...and Then What?
We dive into the tools & barriers that surround elementary reading targets. What causes the gap between then & High School, where reading levels of low income students especially are below grade level? Dolly Parton's Imagination Library: https://imaginationlibrary.com/
February 17, 2020
#3 Building Resilience
Are kids today resilient? How do we help them develop grit? And Happy National School Counseling Week 2020!
February 03, 2020
#2 What Do You Do? The real deal on our Roles, Responsibilities & Scope of Practice
School Counselors do SO much, but what is actually appropriate for them? What are they specifically trained in? How can school counselors be better utilized to serve the students in your building? (And is it true you should stop calling them "guidance" counselors)?
January 20, 2020
#1 Homelessness, Poverty & Mental Health
A recent tragedy informs our discussion about students in crisis. We explore the impact of homelessness, race & socioeconomic status on students at risk. Read the article that inspired today's episode: Black Teens and Mental Health. Join our conversation on Twitter: @2Counselors. National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
January 10, 2020
Meet 2 School Counselors
A brief introduction of who we are and what we do. We talk about our individual backgrounds, what brought us to the profession of school counseling, and some of the things we are looking forward to discussing in depth.
January 01, 2020