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.
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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)
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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?
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.
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/
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)?
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
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.