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Counselor Accents

By Laura Rankhorn and Kim Crumbley
A school counseling podcast for school counselors! Join us as we share practical tips for school counselors, social emotional learning strategies, and technology that will enhance your counseling program. We are 2 school counselors who love our jobs, and we happen to have southern accents, bless our hearts.
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Have You Ever Thought About...
In this new segment we are asking you to think about ordinary things in different ways with a school counseling twist.  We are starting with Google products, and all of the ways these programs could save you time, make you successful, and position you as the leader you are!
August 15, 2022
Minute Meetings: The Basics for All Grade Levels
Minute Meetings is one of our all-time most requested speaking topics.  In this episode we are talking about the minute meeting basics.  We answer the question of how we organize our student information and answers.  We also talk about how to make this work for all grade levels.  We are also answering the question of "Why" we recommend minute meetings and then what we do with the data we collect.  Plus, of course we have some laughs along the way! Link to our course
July 25, 2022
A Few School Counseling Hacks
In this episode Kim and Laura share a few of their favorite school counseling hacks from their ASCA 22 session in Austin, Texas.  
July 18, 2022
Helping the Wounded with Joe Hendershott
As educators we work with "at-risk" students every day.  In this episode Joe Henershott helps us shift our view of these students from "at-risk" to wounded.  How should we care for wounded people and should it be a different "treatment plan" than for our at-risk students?  This episode explains why these terms aren't necessarily interchangeable, and it may shed some light on why educators are leaving the field in record numbers.  This is an episode to share with all educators!
June 27, 2022
School Counselor Interview Questions
We know that not everyone is interviewing for a new school counseling job, but we do believe that this episode is full of great reminders for running an effective school counseling program.  And we guarantee that approximately 99% of you will laugh several times throughout the episode.  We also cover the importance of advocating for our role as school counselors especially as  school districts across the nation are eliminating school counseling positions.   The First 20 Days Course
June 13, 2022
Hope for the Wounded: An Answer to the Trauma Educators Have Experienced
So many of us are tired of hearing the phrase "self care."  What started out as a great suggestion has become one more task that we feel guilty about not doing.  In this episode Dardi Hendershott offers hope for those of us who feel as though we have fought a huge battle this year.  We believe this episode will inspire you and equip you to help other educators as you start making plans for the upcoming school year.
June 08, 2022
Room Transformation Ideas and Details
Have you ever wanted to change up your school counseling program?  Maybe you want to try a different way to engage students.  Maybe you are wanting to add an element of fun.  We believe room transformations could be the answer!  Join us as Amy Hassler, an educator from Indiana, shares some of her favorite room transformations.  She also tells us why they work and how she affords them.  Kim and Laura then discuss how to add the school counseling element to room transformations.  This episode could be the answer to setting your next year apart from every other year!
May 31, 2022
Student Voices with The Centergy Project
In this school counseling podcast episode we talk with Leigh and Linda from The Centergy Project.  Find out how they have transformed communities through something they call Student Voice.  Using Conversation Circles they get to the heart of their students' needs.  Then, they partner with agencies who can come in and meet those needs.  Leigh and Linda both believe a former student summed it up best by saying, "No one knows our school better than we do." Leigh Colburn is a career educator, community leader, and educational consultant. She began her career in elementary school—teaching in all K–5 grades before moving into elementary administration and becoming a principal. Leigh transitioned to high school administration and proudly served as the principal of Marietta High School for ten years until founding the Graduate Marietta Student Success Center on July 1, 2015. Under her leadership, the Graduate Marietta Student Success Center received the 2016 Charter System Innovator of the Year Award for the state of Georgia. Linda Beggs is a co-founder of The Centergy Project, a Georgia-based education consultancy working with school districts wanting to offer embedded wraparound services. She brings over 30 years of consulting experience focused on organizational development with expertise in culture, change, and team effectiveness. Working with corporate, government, education, and nonprofit organizations has prepared Linda to engage schools to create the high-trust culture essential to implementing wraparound resource centers. Along with her business partner, Leigh Colburn, Linda co-authored The Wraparound Guide, a how-to handbook for helping students overcome barriers to wellness and learning. The Centergy Project Website
May 09, 2022
School Counseling Frequently Asked Questions
In this episode we're tackling some of the school counseling related questions we get asked the most frequently.  We feel certain that at some point in your career you have asked yourself or a colleague at least one of these questions.  We're talking about vaping, what to do with students who request multiple appointments, 504's, bullying, and even a few other topics mixed in.  Have a burning question?  Email us at  We may feature your question on our next FAQ episode!
April 18, 2022
Transforming Relational Aggression Into Conflict Resolution
In this episode we talk to Carey Goldstein, a representative from Cultures of Dignity (which was founded by the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes), about what we have always called "relational aggression." Listen and find out why that term may need to be changed!  Carey shares "Rubber Meets the Road" interventions that you can use with your students to help them resolve conflicts. Carey can be reached at You can check out Cultures of Dignity on their website:
April 05, 2022
Testing Season Strategies for School Counselors and Students
It is the busiest season of the year.  And dare we say NOT the most wonderful time of the year?  In this rubber meets the road episode we are sharing some of our tried and true strategies for staying organized during testing season as well as some of the lessons we have done with students to teach test taking tips.  Both of these things will be huge helps to your administrators and teachers, AND they answer the questions we always ask ourselves: Am I saving time?  Is this positioning me as a leader?  Am I successful? Test Taking Centers Lesson Attack the Test- Test Taking Strategies Shark Bite Game Bee Ready Bundle
March 24, 2022
Timbi Talks about Addiction: A Resource for Students Who Have Family Members Who Struggle with Addiction
Timbi Talks about Addiction, is the nationally-acclaimed children’s book that has helped thousands of children build resilience by connecting their body’s response to trauma with age-appropriate techniques to help calm the central nervous system.  Timbi is designed to de-stigmatize the conversation about addiction.  As we say often, necessity is the mother of all invention.  Unfortunately, that's the story behind this resource for children whose family members may be struggling with addiction.  Listen as we talk to co-authors and sisters, Trish Luna and Janet Hellier, as they talk about what prompted them to create this resource.  Find out what their goals are, what skills students learn through this resource, and how you can get involved. The book is available on Amazon, and the book as well as the other items in the Timbi program are available on our website. We offer a 30% discount to non-profits. Refrigerator sheet of techniques and topics: Timbi loves sharing ways to calm down and let go of difficult feelings. You can: Talk to safe adults. Take some deep breaths to feel calmer. Remember addiction is a disease, and not your fault. Learn to listen when your body says,“Something’s not right.” Play outside in nature. Feel thankful for people, places and things in your life. Remember to have fun and be silly sometimes. Play with your friends Read books. It helps your brain. Hug your teddy, blankie, or other lovey. Always remember that you are good, you are loved, you are strong.
March 14, 2022
Stress Busters for Students
Is it just us or does it seem like stress among our students and families is at an all-time high?  In this episode Barbara Truluck shares her Stress Busters tips for students.  We also talk about equipping our students to work through and manage their stress levels.  So often students can become dependent on us and the security our office brings.  What's truly empowering for our students is for them to remember how to work through their stress.  Barbara was the 2019 Cobb County Middle School Counselor of the Year, the 2020 Georgia School Counselor of the Year, and a 2021 ASCA School Counselor of the Year Finalist!  Barbara has over 900 school counselors who use her Stress Busters program.   Barbara's Stress Busters
February 28, 2022
Techniques to Use for All Ages with Ed Gerety
In this episode Ed Gerety shares ideas for connections for all ages.  You might be surprised to hear that some of these ideas will work just as well with Kindergarten students as they will with staff members!  What we loved about talking with Ed is that he told a story with each technique.  These stories drive home the why behind the how.  Plus you know how much we love stories! Ed Gerety is an author, podcast host, and one of the top motivational youth speakers and leadership trainers in the world.  As an experienced keynote speaker and leadership trainer of 30 years, Ed has spoken in all 50 states, plus Canada, and has reached over 3.5 million people with his powerful and inspirational message. Social Media:
February 21, 2022
An Episode of Laughter
What would we want for National School Counseling Week?  Laughter!  We believe that laughter is good like medicine.  So many of our fellow counselors are hurting, burned out, overworked, and every emotion in between.  In this episode we wanted to bring a little levity and just share some of the funny experiences we have had throughout our years of school counseling.  We want you to relax, listen, laugh, and then share this episode with a friend who could use some laughter, too. Happy National School Counseling Week to all of our fellow school counselors!
February 07, 2022
Why Teaching Coping Skills is a Time Saver
In this episode we discuss the increasing importance of coping skills.  We talk about why they are important and how they can be used with so many of our students' struggles.  This is our rubber meets the road episode of the week so we're adding in some coping skills that you can easily implement and teach your students.  Plus we're talking about a whole group lesson we did recently that was a game-changer!  No matter what age group you work with, we believe you'll benefit from listening to this episode! Coping Skills Cafe Whole Group and Small Group Lesson Coping Skills Cafe Whole Group Lesson Coping Skills Small Group Here's a link to the tablecloths we used for our room transformation.
February 04, 2022
Two Years of the Counselor Accents Podcast
This episode is a great recap of some of the most memorable moments from this past year of the Counselor Accents Podcast.  In this episode we are talking about SEL, our "Everyone Has a Story" episodes, our Rubber Meets the Road episodes, and the episodes where people shared fantastic resources.  Plus we share a lot of laughs! Counseling Toolbox with Brent Cosby Ideas for Student Engagement with Tanya Kirschman Karen Gross, Questions about mental health, trauma kits, etc. Lauren Sisler- ESPN Reporter- Everyone Has a Story Everyone Has a Story: Quan Huynh Everyone Has a Story: Liz Huntley Everyone Has a Story: Kevin Honeycutt Ideas for SEL Day with David Adams Interview with the Queen of School Counseling, Laura Ross Interview with School Counselor of the Year, Olivia Carter
January 31, 2022
Easy Things You Can Do for National School Counseling Week with 2021 School Counselor of the Year, Olivia Carter
The 2021 ASCA National School Counselor of the Year, Olivia Carter, joins us for this episode about National School Counseling Week.  We believe Olivia will reach school counselors at all levels as she shares practical things you can do to advocate for your school counseling program.  We spend some time talking to those counselors who are exhausted and feel overlooked.  We see you!  We hope you get some ideas on how to brag on your program during this very important week of advocacy! Join our mailing list to get our free posters!  We will link them here after they go out to our mailing list! Ready to Go Clipboard Activities
January 24, 2022
Using the Unsung Heroes in Your School
This week's Rubber Meets the Road episode is all about extending the reach of your school counseling program and using the people on your staff who see a lot of students every day.  Tapping into those people on your staff and seeing how you can use them can be a game changer for you.  We can't be in 12 places at one time, even though we try!  Using the unsung heroes can make it seem like you are in more than one place at a time!
January 20, 2022
Make Learning Magical with Tisha Richmond
Tisha Richmond is an author and educator who specializes in creating experiences for her students.  She is the author of the book, Make Learning Magical, where she shares "rubber meets the road" tips that you can use to transform your classes from a lesson to an experience that your students will remember.  There are so many parts of Tisha's story that we love, and we believe so many people will identify with where she was in her career when she started transforming her lessons.  She mentions creating "Chopped" challenges for her students.  She also talks about mystery boxes.  Let your school counseling creativity thrive as you listen and see if you are inspired to take a lesson to the next level.  And then let us know! Purchase her book, Make Learning Magical, here.
January 17, 2022
Getting Along with Difficult Coworkers/Parents/People
In this quick rubber meets the road episode we are talking about how to get along with difficult people. It seems like tension is exceptionally high this year.  This means we may be seeing an increase in toxic coworkers, difficult parents, and just people, in general, who are hard to get along with.  We hope these practical tips on how to handle these situations helps make this difficult year just a little easier!
January 13, 2022
Practical School Counseling Tools with Richard Tench and Wilson Harvey
We heard these guys at ASCA this summer and loved the simple and practical school counseling tools they shared, AND the way they tied these tools back to the counseling theories.  We guarantee these tools are easily accessible and will bring new purpose to your school counseling program.  Richard Tench and Wilson Harvey both work at the high school level.  Wilson is the social emotional specialist at his school (how cool is that?!), and in addition to being a counselor, Richard is the chair of the board of directors for ASCA this year!  These guys are very knowledgeable and huge assets to our podcast and to school counseling, in general!
January 11, 2022
Rubber Meets the Road- Advisory Council
In this episode we're giving you some tips on what worked for us as we conducted our advisory council meetings this year.  We believe these 4 tips will help save you time, position you as a leader, and contribute to your success.  Don't forget to download our guide to take your advisory council from an item on your yearly checklist to a group of your biggest cheerleaders. Click here for the guide to transforming your advisory council.
January 06, 2022
New Year, New School Counseling Goals
It's a new year! And since we're "in the trenches" with you, we're sharing our second semester school counseling goals with you!  We think you would agree that the first semester was a whirlwind.  We weren't able to accomplish several of the goals we had set, but on the bright side we have a brand new semester full of opportunities and chances to reach our new school counseling goals!  In this episode we share about 9 (give or take) goals we are setting between the two of us.  We believe this episode will bring the laughs and fun you expect. College Funding Coach Center for Educational Effectiveness- Books for Book Studies- Whatever It Takes by Dr. Bryan Pearlman, Emotional Poverty by Dr. Ruby Payne, A Framework for Understanding Poverty,  Midnight Run by Kevin Honeycutt
January 03, 2022
Simplifying SEL Implementation with Rupa Mehta
Check out the WORD Workouts library here Find NaliniKIDS on Instagram: @nalinikids Rupa Mehta is a teacher, entrepreneur, author, fitness expert and trailblazer in social-emotional learning. She is the founder of Nalini Method and NaliniKIDS, both based on Rupa’s wellness philosophy that true health is achieved by being both emotionally and physically fit. Rupa has appeared in many national publications such as The New York Times, Forbes, SELF, and more. She has published over 40 books as part of a robust SEL curriculum spanning K-12 grade levels. A first-generation Indian American, Rupa grew up in Fairfax, Virginia, majored in journalism and marketing at New York University, and then received her MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Rupa founded Nalini Method in 2003 to create a simple, highly accessible, preventive wellness system. Her goal is for clients of all body shapes and sizes to feel strong, confident and capable while taking her class. The Nalini Method, voted a top workout by Vogue, O The Oprah Magazine and The New York Times, fuses light weights, barre, pilates and stretching with motivating, specialized and personal direction achieving a full mind-body workout.  Seeing how valuable lessons of both body and mind were in adults is what inspired Rupa to create NaliniKIDS in 2009. NaliniKIDS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization focused on creating PK-12 programs that pair movement with reflection, so kids feel more confident, empowered and energized to learn. NaliniKIDS was founded in partnership with NYC Service within the largest school district in the US, and has expanded nationally reaching over 200,000 students. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NaliniKIDS launched 100% free programs available to educators, counselors and parents for use in school or at home, to remove all barriers to access and give students an outlet to process today’s world. Researchers from Teachers College at Columbia University have conducted two independent evaluations of NaliniKIDS programs, finding that students who complete NaliniKIDS programs demonstrate improvements in focus, academic achievement, and emotional well-being.
December 06, 2021
School Counseling and Art Integration
School counselors are some of the most creative people we know!  Many school counselors are interested in incorporating art in their lessons, small groups, or individual sessions, but some don't know where to start. In this episode we talk with Beth Ruff and Sheila Garth, 2 incredible school counselors who have combined their passion for school counseling and art and done amazing things.  Sheila has published books on this very topic, and Beth recently completed an art integrated sensory hall using a $9,000 grant!  In this episode they give practical ideas you can do with students.  They also teach us the difference between art integration and art enhancement. Find Beth on Instagram: @theartsyfartsycounselor Twitter @artsy_counselor Sheila Garth | Edutopia Integrating Arts in School Counseling - American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Social and Emotional Connections through Arts Integration | Education Closet
November 29, 2021
Helping When You're Hurting
As counselors we continue to help others, even as we're experiencing fatigue, exhaustion, and second-hand trauma.  In this episode we share part of our current personal situations along with things to do to keep from burning out in your role as a helper.  This is not another self-care episode.  We hope it's an encouragement to let you know that you're not alone.  Keep going!    Check out this blog post with a downloadable guide on the same topic.
November 14, 2021
Everyone Has a Story- Jacob Chastain
As school counselors we know that every student in trauma is just one caring adult away from success.  Jacob Chastain has been that student in trauma, and now he is that caring adult.  In this episode Jacob shares his story and inspires our listeners to watch for those students in trauma, but also to find outlets for students, even if it doesn't exactly fit their curriculum.   Jacob is the host of Teach Me, Teacher Podcast.  He has also written a book about his story called, Teach Me, Teacher. social emotional learning, trauma informed schools, trauma informed practices, SEL
November 01, 2021
The School Counseling Data You Need for a Successful Program
Have you ever wondered if you are looking at the most effective pieces of school counseling data for your data driven school counseling program?  In this episode we talk to one of the queens of data, Dr. Julie Hartline.  She and Trish Hatch just released The Use of Data in School Counseling 2e: Hatching Results (and So Much More).  This book should be your guide book for how to use data to determine what all students need, which students need more, and ways to provide proactive school counseling services. This episode is full of tips for using data to advocate for systemic change, a few data tricks and tips, and of course laughs throughout! Order the book here Or you can order it here from the publisher Check out the National School Counseling Leadership Conference by Hatching Results
October 25, 2021
Preparing a School Crisis Plan Before There's a Crisis
This is not a fun topic to think about, but if you are ever face to face with a school crisis, you will be so glad you put together a school crisis plan before there was a crisis.  Unfortunately, Kim has experienced more than her fair share of school crises.  In this episode she shares what she learned from her mistakes.  Use her tips to position yourself as a leader and organize a school crisis plan, and we hope you will never need it!
October 10, 2021
Apps You Need to Enhance Your Counseling Program
This is a "Rubber Meets the Road" episode!  In this episode we are talking about apps that will help you in individual sessions, small groups, and even whole group lessons!  This is one of those episodes that will inspire you to take action immediately!  Do we even need to tell you that you may laugh during this episode? Go grab this book, 50+ Tech Tools for School Counselors by Angela Cleveland and Steve Sharp Using Origami in School Counseling by Angela Cleveland Links to apps we discuss:
September 27, 2021
Why You Need a School Counseling Intern and How to Bring Value as a School Counseling Intern
You asked for it, and here it is!  One of our most asked questions is "What do I do as a school counseling intern?"  We've also been asked, "What do I do as a site supervisor?"  Plus, virtual learning has transformed the school counseling internship experience.  Some of you have reached out to us to ask how you secure a job in a face to face setting when your internship was virtual.  Well, we brought in Dr. Maureen Stewart to answer your questions.  Dr. Stewart is the Internship and Fieldwork director at Northern Vermont University, not to mention one of our favorite people!  In this episode she gives us practical tips that school counseling interns need in order to set themselves apart and gain the most from their internship.  She also shares the lessons she's learned from her interns in the past.  By the end of this episode, if you don't have an intern, you'll be getting yourself ready to host one! School counseling, school counseling podcast, educational podcast, school counselor, internship, school counseling intern, school counseling internship, internship site, site supervisor, counselor accents, Laura Rankhorn, Kim Crumbley, Maureen Stewart
September 20, 2021
SEL Strategies for All Educators
A school counselor's dream would be to empower educators to use SEL strategies in their own classroom.  That's exactly what Dr. Greg Benner and Erich Bolz help us do in this episode.  Dr. Greg Benner, a leader in the SEL field, joins Erich Bolz, VP of Research and District Engagement for the Center for Educational Effectiveness, to discuss the importance of implementing SEL strategies into everyday instruction.  Dr. Benner shares several practical "kernels" that all educators can begin using immediately.  Dr. Benner's strategies come from his workshops The Whole Educator Series and The Whole Child Initiative. For more information about the programs mentioned in this episode click here.
September 06, 2021
5 Bite Size Nuggets to Help Start Your School Counseling Year
In this episode we share 5 "Rubber meets the road" tips that we believe will get your year off to a great start!  These are practical things that we do each year, and we believe our school counseling program gets stronger each year because of these tips we're sharing with you! Check out our blog post with all the details about this episode. Here's a link to the professional development we mentioned in this episode. Here's a link to the brochure template.
August 29, 2021
Connecting with Families Through the Trust Your Journey Project
Indra Owens, is well deserving of the New Jersey School Counselor of the Year title!  In this episode she talks about how she connected with families and broke through the mental health stigma barrier.  Indra started the Trust Your Journey project during the remote learning days of Covid in 2020.  Her transparency showed other families in her urban community that it's ok to ask for help and depend on others.  Her approach to connecting with families has generated a trust in school counseling in her community.  Now parents are encouraging their children to talk with the school counselor! Check out Indra's website: Read her book! Trust Your Journey- Did we mention she wrote it with her 10 year old daughter?! Read an article describing Indra's inspiration behind the Trust Your Journey project.
August 24, 2021
Tips for School Counselors (Especially If It's Your First Year!)
Heather Couch, a middle school counselor in Ohio, has written a book titled The School Counselor’s Guide to Surviving the First Year: Internship through Professional Development.  In this episode she shares advice that ALL school counselors will benefit from.  Check this episode out as we all prepare to go back to school.  And then share this with a new counselor who could use some wisdom! Check out Heather's book here: Amazon Routledge Use this discount code for 20% off: FLR40 
August 16, 2021
Ideas for Student Engagement with Tanya Kirschman
Tanya Kirschman shares parts of her ASCA presentation, which was full of "rubber meets the road" ideas for lessons and ways to keep your students engaged during classroom guidance lessons.  This is a perfect episode as we start to think about going back to school!   Make sure you download her amazing PDF she created for our listeners!
August 02, 2021
Everyone Has a Story: Kevin Honeycutt
Kevin Honeycutt's passion for students is contagious!  In this episode he shares parts of his personal story of growing up in poverty and experiencing trauma and how he uses it to connect with students.  Share this episode with your faculty and friends as parts of this episode will make you re-examine the way we have been doing things.  We promise you will be inspired and dare we say, ready to go back to school after listening?   To order his book or book him for your school click here.
July 19, 2021
The Power of Emotionally Intelligent Educators
Listen as we speak with Megan Marcus and Kelley Munger from FuelEd about: how educators can heal student trauma through relationships, and the need for educators to first do their own healing how equipping educators with relationship-skills can make school counselors jobs easier and better how the best student SEL is actually educator SEL FuelEd is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to grow emotionally intelligent educators who build relationship-driven schools. The organization envisions a world where educator training and support is reimagined to prioritize  educators' emotional intelligence, emotional health, and interpersonal skills. FuelEd was founded based on Megan Marcus' experience serving as a lead researcher for the book, The Social Neuroscience of Education by Dr. Louis Cozolino which highlights the science behind how relationships drive learning, social and emotional development, and  can even heal trauma. Over the course of the last decade, we have synthesized research from developmental psychology, counseling psychology, and social neuroscience  research into practical, interactive, and experiential training and counseling for thousands of educators. To bring FuelEd to your school or district contact, or to access free resources like webinars and blogs, visit educators can heal student trauma through relationships, and the need for educators to first do their own healing how equipping educators with relationship-skills can make school counselors jobs easier and better how the best student SEL is actually educator SEL
July 05, 2021
Managing Tough Behaviors with Conscious Discipline
Joy Winchester is a leader in the world of Conscious Discipline.  Her story-telling ability will keep you captivated as you listen to her ideas and techniques for dealing with those tough behaviors we've all encountered!  Listen as she explains what conscious discipline is, how to implement it, and what changes you can expect.  It is a game changer for your teachers, your parents, community, and especially your students! Find out more about conscious discipline here.
June 28, 2021
School Counseling Side Hustle with Dr. Russ Sabella
School counselors frequently ask what they can do for side jobs.  Maybe it's to earn extra income, maybe it's to fill up summer months with extra activities, or maybe it's just to monetize a hobby.  Dr. Russ Sabella co-authored a book, School Counseling Side Hustle, where he lists possible ways that school counselors and other educators can earn extra income.  In this podcast he shares some of his ideas and gives his best tips on how to get started. Visit Russ Sabella's website Purchase School Counseling Side Hustle Purchase Solution Focused School Counseling: The Missing Manual
June 14, 2021
Everyone Has a Story- Liz Huntley: Instilling Hope
Liz Huntley has an amazing story of resilience through relationships with caring educators.  Find out how she went from a little girl in the midst of trauma to a successful lawyer and champion of educators.  Her story will definitely inspire you to seek out those students with a "story behind their eyes."   Visit Liz Huntley's website Links to purchase Liz's book Info about the Hope Institute
June 07, 2021
Interview with THE Carol Miller
Carol Miller has done so much for the school counseling profession!  She creates amazing lessons, small groups, planners, and other tools. She is also a leader in her state of New York.  In this interview she shares some of her best interview and resume tips, as well as just general school counseling chat.  We are even bigger fans of Carol Miller now than before we interviewed her, and we didn't even know that was possible! Contact Carol: Join Carol's elementary Facebook group Join Carol's middle school Facebook group Join Carol's high school Facebook group
May 31, 2021
Practical Trauma Tools and Observations with Former Obama Policy Advisor, Karen Gross
You will want to have pen and paper handy AND you'll want to listen to this episode multiple times!  Karen Gross, a former university president and Obama Policy advisor (among so many other titles), shares her conclusions to questions we should be asking as we are closing schools and preparing for the upcoming school year.  She challenges us with many thoughts such as, "Have we asked enough questions about mental health and the well-being of students, parents, and faculty?" This episode is full of practical rubber meets the road ideas that you can use to fill your school counseling toolbox!
May 24, 2021
Everyone Has a Story: Quan Huynh
This is the first episode of our "Everyone Has a Story" segment.  And oh my goodness, Quan has a story!  We believe that as you listen to Quan's story you will be thinking of students you have known over the years who have had similar experiences.  Quan's story will shed some light on a fact we all know: social and emotional experiences that happen outside of school still affect our students at school.  Share this with anyone you know who works with students.  Click here for more info from Quan.
May 12, 2021
Using MTSS in Your School and School Counseling Program
Whether you're an MTSS veteran or a beginner, we can guarantee you'll learn something new after listening to this podcast episode.  We are joined by the authors of the book, Making MTSS Work.  This episode feels more like a party!  Hear the story of how these four former school counselors came together and discovered the need and a plan for implementing MTSS in schools. They believe in the power of MTSS to change educational systems and support school counseling programs.  After listening to this episode, you will too! Website: FB: School Counselors for MTSS Instagram: schcouns4mtss Twitter: SchCouns4MTSS
April 19, 2021
Wisdom from Your 2021 School Counselor of the Year
Olivia Carter, the ASCA 2021 School Counselor of the Year (and our new best friend), tells us ALL about how she became a school counselor, her personal life, and how she advocated for the school counseling profession, led her school, and transformed school counseling in her community.  You will be SO inspired after listening to this episode!
March 29, 2021
Why Everyone Should Focus on Social Emotional Learning and Easy Ideas for #SELDay
Alert: this is one of those episodes you'll want to share with EVERYONE!  David Adams is the CEO of Urban Assembly, co-founder of SEL Day, and most importantly, the husband of a school counselor!  In this episode he explains social emotional learning, why it's everyone's responsibility, and he gives great ideas for educators who want to participate in SEL Day on March 26. To participate in SEL Day, start here! Don't forget to use #SELDay in all of your social media posts.  Tag us, too!  @counseloraccents
March 22, 2021
School Counseling- A Principal's Perspective
In this episode we're talking about school counseling with a principal.  And not just ANY principal!  We're talking with Karensa Wing, The National Principal of the Year!  Prepare to be amazed at her knowledge of ASCA, SEL, and so many other facets of the job of a school counselor.  We are certain that by the end of this episode you will feel like you're best friends with the National Principal of the Year, too! Items Mentioned in This Podcast Here is a link to the book, Onward, that Ms. Wing talked about in this episode.  This is an affiliate link, so if you purchase we make like $0.0005.  If enough of you purchase the book, we will earn a nickel!   Relational Aggression Small Group Test Taking Strategies Lesson- Bee Theme Test Taking Strategies Lesson- Shark Theme
March 17, 2021
Counseling Toolbox with Brent Cosby
You're going to want to listen to this episode multiple times- several times for sheer entertainment value, and then multiple times to take notes.  Brent Cosby has a gift when it comes to story-telling and practical counseling application.  Brent gives us ideas on how to use everyday items and illustrations to reach students.  You are going to want to contact him immediately to have him come talk to your students and your staff.   
March 01, 2021
Lauren Sisler- A Personal Story of How She was Affected by Family Members' Substance Abuse
ESPN reporter, Lauren Sisler, shares her personal story of how substance abuse by other family members affected her.  This is an issue that is impacting so many of our students.  Prepare to be amazed as she describes what happened, and how she is giving a purpose to her pain.   Visit Lauren's website to see all of the exciting things she has going on, or to book her to speak to your students or faculty.
February 22, 2021
Restorative Justice Circles- What Are They and How Do They Work?
Megan Neforos, a school counselor for the Fairfax County, Virginia Public School District, is a trained Restorative Justice counselor.  In this episode she answers all of our questions about Restorative Justice Circles.  She explains what they are and how they work.  Megan is in a school system that mirrors what many of our listeners deal with daily.  Megan has stories of students from gangs, sex-trafficking, drug use, poverty, and homelessness.  She shares how Restorative Justice Circles help her reach and close gaps with her students. You can find her on social media here: The_mrs_neforos (Instagram) @TheMrsNeforos (Twitter)
February 18, 2021
Highlights from a Year of the Counselor Accents Podcast
Can you believe it has been one full year of the Counselor Accents Podcast?!  In this episode we share some of our favorite conversations, interviews, and moments that made us laugh.  What a year it has been.  Thank you all so much for listening and becoming part of our family.
February 09, 2021
How to Transform Your School Using Award Winning Culture
This is one of those interviews that ALL educators should listen to.  Hans Appel, author of Award Winning Culture, and co-host of the Award Winning Culture Podcast, shares steps that helped transform his school to become an award winning and nationally recognized middle school.  Hans is definitely a school counselor at heart.  He has worked in the Richland School District for the past 19 years.  He's passionate about school culture, servant leadership, and kindness.  That's exactly what he shares with us in this episode!  Share this with your school staff! Hans Appel is an educator, speaker, and writer deeply committed to inspiring the whole child.  He’s the author of, Award Winning Culture: Building School-Wide Intentionality and Action Through Character, Excellence, and Community.  Additionally, he’s the Director of Culture for the Teach Better Team, Co-host of the Award Winning Culture podcast, and the Co-Creator of Award Winning Culture. Website: Award Winning Culture Book Links: at: Amazon OR Barnes & Noble Hans offer keynotes, breakout sessions, half-day, full day and 2 day professional development.  Topics include: Creating an Award Winning Culture, Supporting PBIS through Servant Leadership, Infusing SEL into Project Based Learning, Amplifying Student Voice, and Student-Led Podcasting. To bring Hans to your next school, district, or conference event explore his availability at: The Award Winning Culture Academy offers an ever-growing collection of courses to support educators’ quest to create joyful learning experiences for each student.  Join Hans for a VIP pass to cutting edge theory and practice delivered in an on-demand style approach to professional development at: Connect on Twitter/Instagram: @HansNAppel Facebook: Award-Winning-Culture You Tube: Award Winning Culture Email:
February 02, 2021
Interview with ASCA School Counselor of the Year, Laura Ross
It is so easy to see (or Hear) why Laura Ross was chosen as the ASCA National School Counselor of the Year. In this interview she tells us all about the School Counselor of the Year process, plus the issues that are close to her heart such as comprehensive school counseling, school counselors as leaders, anti-bias/anti-racist equity work, and how she advocates for these issues. After this interview you will feel like you have a new best friend.  We sure do! Twitter & Instagram: @LRossSchCnslr Blog: Email:
January 25, 2021
National School Counseling Week, All In for All Students
It's almost the biggest week in school counseling!  In this episode we interviewed Angie Hickman, the director of research and marketing for ASCA.  She gives us all the inside tips about how they came up with the theme, All In for All Students.  Listen to our tips and ideas on how to have a great week, whether you're celebrating in person or virtually.  Let us be the first to tell you: Happy National School Counseling Week!  And just in case no one has told you lately, you are AMAZING.  School counselors are heroes.  We're honored to have you listen. Make sure you download our free 11 page guide to advocating your heart out during National School Counseling Week! Check out our post about National School Counseling Week.  We give you our best tips and ideas! Click here to listen to last year's National School Counseling Week episode.  It should bring a few laughs! Download our free posters here! Click here to visit ASCA's website: for info, links and downloads. Also, be sure to tag #NSCW21 in all of your National School Counseling Week posts!
January 19, 2021
Adolescent Substance Abuse with Richard Capriola
This podcast episode is so important for counselors of all age groups!  After over two decades of experience as an addictions and mental health counselor, Richard Capriola wrote a book called, The Addicted Child: A Parent's Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse.   In this interview Mr. Capriola talks about the warning signs that parents should know about.  He tells us what a parent can do if they suspect their child is using, and how parents can understand adolescent substance abuse.   Whether you work with high school students or elementary students, we are certain you will pick up some vital information through this interview. Click here to visit Richard Capriola's website.
January 13, 2021
Interview with Matt Fleck from Inspire Success
Meet the man behind "The Velvet Voice!"  In this episode Matt Fleck from Inspire Success talks about his passion for providing resources and encouragement to school counselors.  You'll love the unique way he provides a weekly 5 minute boost for school counselors!  Matt talks about his website, his mission, RAMP opportunities, and so many other resources he helps school counselors with.  This was such a fun episode.  As always, lots of laughs are included! Check out the Inspire Success website Listen to the Inspire Success Podcast Get RAMP Ready with Matt
December 29, 2020
Using LEGO Education Products in School Counseling
Find out how to use LEGO products to take your school counseling program to the next level!  We talked with Kelly Reddin, LEGO Master Trainer, about the benefits of using LEGO bricks in various school counseling scenarios.  She was talking our language as she described the benefits for 21st Century Learners using the 4 C's.  Find out how LEGO products are the "building blocks" for collaboration, career lessons, and even computer science, among other things!  
December 08, 2020
Here We Again: Virtual Learning 2.0
Many schools that opened in the traditional setting are facing the transition back to virtual learning.  In this episode we share some of the lessons we've learned since March.  We share some of the tips and tools that have helped us.  We talk about how to make sure these tools are in place in the event of a virtual learning transition.  Just a heads up: if you aren't in a laughing mood, fast forward to about 9 minutes into the episode. Here is a blog post to go along with this episode. Check out this interview with Teyanna Walker.  We mentioned it during the podcast.
November 24, 2020
An Interview with ASCA Executive Director Jill Cook
This may be our pinnacle!  Jill Cook, executive director of the American School Counselor Association, spoke with us about her journey to become our executive director.  She also shared some insight on the future of school counseling and how to advocate for your program, as well as many other fun tidbits along the way.  We can't wait for you to hear how down to earth and personable our ASCA executive director is.  
November 10, 2020
Making Your Career Lessons Virtually Awesome!
Since November is National Career Development month, many school counselors use this as a chance to teach career lessons.  This episode is one of our favorite soapboxes!  We have presented this at ASCA in Boston, and we've done a webinar for ASCA on this topic!  We've presented this multiple times in our own state and others.  Can you tell we feel passionately about it?!   In this episode we will share ways for you to teach career lessons to the 21st Century learner.  Virtual career fairs, learning through play, and using technology to connect with other regions of our world are just a few of the ideas we'll mention. Plus we laugh a lot through this episode, as we do in most of our other episodes! Check out this blog post that goes along with this episode. Don't forget to rate and review our podcast!
November 02, 2020
Solution Focused School Counseling with Dr. Russ Sabella
We had the huge honor of interviewing Dr. Russ Sabella, or as we like to call him, "The Contemporary Father of School Counseling."  His new book, Solution Focused School Counseling: The Missing Manual is a must-have for all school counselors.  In this episode he tells us what solution focused school counseling is, what it looks like in the schools, and how to implement it.  We love his phrase, "The empowerment model."  Listen as he explains that by using this technique you are empowering students to develop their own solutions.  This is something you'll want to start using immediately! Click here for more info on Solution Focused School Counseling: The Missing Manual. Click here for more info on School Counselor Side Hustle  Contact info: or visit
October 27, 2020
Your Autumn Toolkit
October and November are the equivalent to the Superbowl for school counselors!  These months are full of awareness dates and weeks.  Consider this your all-in-one guide for navigating through Bullying Prevention Month, Red Ribbon Week, National Stress Prevention Week, Career Development Month, World Kindness Day, Halloween, and all the other events in-between!  Oh, and we talk about ways to do these things virtually for those of you who are virtual!  We laugh a lot in this episode, so be prepared! Virtual Career Fairs Part 1 Virtual Career Fairs Part 2 Here is the ad we mentioned. Rate and review here.
October 19, 2020
An Interview with Amberley Snyder: School Counselor, and Inspiration Behind the Movie, "Walk.Ride.Rodeo."
If you've watched the movie, Walk. Ride. Rodeo, then you know how inspiring Amberley Snyder's story is.  BUT did you know she also has her school counseling degree?  Prepare to be motivated as we talk with Amberley Snyder, school counseling graduate, barrel racer, motivational speaker, and inspiration behind the movie, Walk.Ride.Rodeo.  In this interview Amberley tells us her story, how she has given a purpose to her pain, and what's up next for her. We left this interview feeling empowered by Amberley's words, and ready to tackle this school year! Visit Amberley's website Contact Amberley 
October 12, 2020
A Principal's Perspective: The Importance of Connecting With Students
We have decided Pennsylvania is one of our nation's gold mines for top notch educators!  Pennsylvania Distinguished Principal of the Year, Matt Moyer, joins us on this episode to share ways he and his team connect with students in unconventional and innovative ways.  We are certain that after listening to this episode you'll want to gather your team and implement some of his ideas immediately!  Get ready to take notes! Check out his website here. Order his book here! Email Matt:
October 06, 2020
Signs Educators Can Look for to End Human Trafficking- Part 2
Join us for part 2 of our interview with Jo Lembo from Shared Hope International.  In this second episode, she shares the conclusion of Brianna's story.  She shares many other stories about school-aged children who have been trafficked without their parents or teachers knowing it.  In this episode Jo gives us signs to watch out for that indicate our students could be being groomed or trafficked.. She also tells us who to call and what steps to take if we discover or suspect trafficking is taking place. Tools for activists to participate in state and federal legislation Order the School Kit to spread awareness through your school (in English and Spanish) Film: I am Jane Doe- excellent educational resource for how kids are sold online and what has been done to try to stop it.  The Earn It Act and how advocates can help. A big push is coming soon and SHI will be posting Shared Hope social media and emailing to inform how and when we need everyone to raise their voice.
October 02, 2020
Signs Educators Can Look for to End Human Trafficking- Part 1
Human trafficking can happen in big cities or rural communities.  Jo Lembo from Shared Hope International explains how human trafficking can happen to any of our students, not just the ones with an "at-risk" score.  She also tells us the signs to look for and who to contact in order to rescue our students.  Educators are on the frontlines, and may be the first to notice anything out of the ordinary.  This is part 1 of a 2 part series. Tools for activists to participate in state and federal legislation Order the School Kit to spread awareness through your school (in English and Spanish) Film: I am Jane Doe- excellent educational resource for how kids are sold online and what has been done to try to stop it.  The Earn It Act and how advocates can help. A big push is coming soon and SHI will be posting Shared Hope social media and emailing to inform how and when we need everyone to raise their voice.
September 21, 2020
School Counselors: Leadership and Advocating for Your Program
Emilia Peiffer, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania School Counselor Association, talks with us about the importance of being a leader in your school as a school counselor.  She covers everything from why it's important, practical ideas to show leadership, and how to establish yourself as a leader when you feel stuck and overlooked.  Leadership helps you advocate for your program, which means more resources and opportunities for your students!  Spoiler alert: ASCA tells us we ARE leaders!  This podcast episode will help you own that title!
September 15, 2020
What Our Students Can Become: A Personal Story of Overcoming Trauma
Raegan Schulte embodies why, as school counselors, we need to fight for EVERY student.  Raegan's personal story of resiliency and how she defied odds that were stacked against her is captivating from the start.  It is our hope that you will be inspired to go find the "Raegans" in your school after listening to this episode.  We would challenge you to read the ASCA preamble before and after listening to our interview with Raegan.  "School counselors are advocates, leaders, collaborators and consultants who create systemic change by providing equitable educational access and success by connecting their school counseling programs to the district’s mission and improvement plans. School counselors demonstrate their belief that all students have the ability to learn by advocating for an education system that provides optimal learning environments for all students."
September 09, 2020
An Interview with "The Counseling Geek"
Jeff Ream, Better known as "The Counseling Geek," was using technology before using technology was required!  In this very fun interview he shares how he uses some of his favorite technology tools. More importantly, he inspires us and encourages us during this new season of virtual counseling. After listening to this episode, it is our hope that you will be equipped with new ways to use tech tools, but that you'll also know you're not alone, and we're all in this together! Oh, and we hope you laugh with us, too!
August 31, 2020
Virtual Small Groups
We are attempting to answer one of our most asked questions EVER!  How do we run small groups in a virtual setting?  In this episode we share tech tools that you can start using TODAY to connect with students.  We also share a small group formula that might help guide your small group meetings.  We discuss different types of small groups and ideas for activities.  If you are running a virtual school counseling program, this episode is for you!  We hope it helps!
August 24, 2020
Tips for Connecting with Parents Even Through Distance Learning
School counselors are in a unique position.  Our primary role is to serve the students in our schools, but raise your hand if that has ever meant taking care of parents, too!  In this episode Chelsey Wilson, or Counselor Chelsey, shares tips for connecting with parents.  We're talking about it all on this episode: going above and beyond to provide information to parents, how to disarm and engage an angry parent, and what we can do to encourage those parents who need a boost of confidence.  These tips work whether your school is meeting in the traditional format or in a virtual learning model.  Listen through the end to find out what our #counselorcallchallenge is!  We hope you'll join in!
August 12, 2020
Back to School Virtual Counseling
If you are like 99% of educators right now, you may be worrying and wondering about how to do your job virtually. Take our advice and listen to this podcast episode!  Our guests, Vicki Jordan and Candace Doak, have worked as school counselors at Alabama Virtual School.  In this episode they  share their best tips for organization, connection, and overall how-to's and must-do's.  We are pretty certain you will have a few laughs while feeling informed and ready to put some of their tips into practice.
August 03, 2020
SCUTA, a School Counselor's Dream Program!
Steve Zaharakis has created one of the best tools for school counselors. If you haven't heard of SCUTA, your life is about to be changed! Listen as Steve shares his unique background and the incredible inspiration behind SCUTA, an all in one school counseling program that will add to your success.  SCUTA collects your data, schedule, survey results, and creates instant use of time analysis results, closing the gap results, small group results, annual administrator conference documents, and so much more!  When you're ready to sign up, use promo code accents for a discount that's exclusively for our listeners! Watch the second part of this interview as Steve demonstrates everything SCUTA can do for your school counseling program!
July 20, 2020
Trauma Informed Schools with Michael McKnight
Michael McKnight won't admit to being an expert; however, we found him to be a treasure trove of information regarding students who have experienced trauma. He is especially passionate about how to educate educators on ways to work with students.   In this episode Mr. McKnight talks about the power of caring adults in students' lives.  He also believes in what we call "Rubber meets the road" strategies to engage and encourage students.  In fact, listen as he takes us through a "wake-up activity" that you can implement in your classroom immediately!   Here is a link to his book, Eyes are Never Quiet.   Here is a link to his book, Unwritten. For more information about his 3 day training, click here.
July 07, 2020
Interrupting Racism
In a very timely episode, Alicia Oglesby and Rebecca Atkins discuss their book, Interrupting Racism: Equity and Social Justice in School Counseling. Their book is specifically for school counselors, as we are the "social justice advocates" according to the ASCA Ethical Standards. In this episode we talk about culturally relevant instruction at all grade levels, implicit bias, using data to support all students, and What to say when you're scared of saying the wrong thing.
June 22, 2020
How to Bring Hope to Hopeless Situations
In an unforgettable episode, teacher and motivational speaker, Joseph Roberts, shares his personal story of overcoming obstacles and how those events have shaped him into the educator he is today. He tells us the Importance of never giving up on our students, how to build trust with students with specific things to consider for black students and people of color. Plus what is in a why box and why you should have one! Y'all... the intro had us laughing so hard we were crying during the replay!  This (like all of our episodes) is a must-listen!  Share it with your favorite educator! Follow Joseph's Facebook Follow Joseph on Twitter Follow Joseph on Instagram Joseph's Website
June 16, 2020
Tips for the Best Year Yet
No matter how long you've been a school counselor, each year is a fresh start. It's never too soon to start preparing for the upcoming school year. This episode has tips that will help you no matter how long you've been a school counselor. Our guest, Abby Cantello, talks with us about starting a school counseling program from scratch. She has tips we can all use!  Make sure you download our guide to the first 20 days of your school counseling year.
June 11, 2020
De-escalating Tough Situations
Matt Eldridge travels the country speaking to educators with his organization, Certified Restraint Training, but spoiler alert: his goal in trainings is to de-escalate behavior so that restraint isn't needed.  If you're like us, you will be riveted within about 10 seconds of his story-telling.  Matt delivers practical, no nonsense ways of talking to students and defusing intense and potentially volatile situations.  He shares lessons he's learned through his years as a teacher, administrator, and director of schools.  You won't want this episode to end! Check out his contact page here to book him at your school or school system.  Visit his website here. 
May 28, 2020
Dr. Lena Pearlman: The Role of Grief Counseling When We Return to School
All students and educators have experienced the loss of the traditional school year.  The sudden loss of what was expected has left many students and adults feeling a certain level of grief, whether they realize it or not.  Dr. Lena Pearlman, mental health therapist and author of Stay Here: Your Personal Journal to Staying Present, Mindful, and Grateful Every Day, shares ways for all educators to prepare to support students in grief from a distance and when we return to school.   Buy the book, Stay Here: Your Personal Journal to Staying Present, Mindful, and Grateful Every Day here.  Join the Maslow Before Bloom Facebook group here.  
May 18, 2020
Tech Tools for School Counselors
Get ready to take notes!  Steve Sharp, co-author of 50+ Tech Tools for School Counselors, President-elect of the Pennsylvania school counselors association, and middle school counselor, shares some tech tips with us along with a lot of laughs and school counseling wisdom.  This episode started as technology-focused, but quickly transformed into how to advocate for your program and career.  It is easy to see why he is the president-elect for the Pennsylvania School Counseling Association! Get his book here!  Join our Facebook group here!
May 17, 2020
Simplifying Your Counseling Program by Using Google Products
Ever wondered how to clone yourself in order to be more effective? Whether you are a new counselor or a veteran counselor, Level 2 Google Certified Educator Teyanna Walker has something to teach all of us on using Google to improve our efficiency.  In this episode she walks us through using Google Classroom, explains why we should be using Google Classroom in school counseling, and tells us what a Google Cocktail is.  Whaaatt??  This episode will take your counseling program to the next level!  We only wish we'd listened sooner! Check out Teyanna's Youtube page here!  
May 13, 2020
Counseling Through Trauma: A Comparison to the Columbine Tragedy
Sandy Austin was instrumental in providing counseling services during the Columbine tragedy and the difficult years that followed.  In this episode she inspires listeners to give a purpose to the pain and shares how she did that through her program, B.I.O.N.I.C., which stands for Believe It Or Not I Care.   You can watch this episode here! Check out her website here and find out how you can start a B.I.O.N.I.C. team at your school!  If you want more of Sandy, and believe us... You're going to want more!  Check out her Pennsylvania School Counselor Association interview with Steve Sharp.  She shares more about B.I.O.N.I.C. and all of the wonderful things her students do through that program. 
May 01, 2020
Dr. Ruby K. Payne Discusses the Educational Impact of Poverty
Dr. Ruby Payne prepares us for the changing face of poverty in the educational system. She discusses who's vulnerable, who will bounce back, and how to care for those in sudden need. Share this episode with your administrator and your staff.  It is a must listen to for all educators! Click here to visit Dr. Payne's Website full of resources for all educators.  You can also join a weekly webinar with her on Wednesdays.  Sign up on her website. Check out her On-Demand professional development here. This is a great opportunity to participate in training and then replicate that training to your faculty and staff!
April 27, 2020
How to Plan a Virtual Career Fair Part 2
Listen and be inspired as Bryan Pecoraro gives us step by step instructions on setting up a virtual career fair using Google Meets. Bryan was doing virtual career fairs before virtual career fairs were cool! He candidly shares things he did the first time that he DIDN'T do the next time!  We hope you'll feel empowered after this episode to launch your virtual career fair OR make your existing virtual career fair even better! Check out Bryan's presentation on virtual career fairs here!
April 23, 2020
Easy Tips for Planning a Virtual Career Fair Part 1
Author and School Counselor, Lisa King, gives practical ways to start a virtual career fair at your school. She shares tips from her school including dress up days, Interactive career-related games, and ideas to involve parents, students, and teachers!  Check out Lisa's webpage here. Make sure to look at her books including Be Your Own Hero, a very timely children's book that talks about the character of people rather than what they do.  Lisa also has great resources on Growth Mindset.  Integrating Growth Mindset in Schools can be your guide to implementing growth mindset at your school.  Mindset Matters shows counselors how to and why they should incorporate growth mindset in the school counseling program.  
April 21, 2020
Making an Effort for Self Care
We realize we did an episode on self care recently, BUT that was before uncertainty hit our lives from out of nowhere.  Now with the pressure of balancing work life, homeschooling, parenting, and our own anxiety, making an EFFORT for self care is imperative.  Listen as we use the letters in the word "Effort" to talk about MORE ways you can take care of yourself during these uncertain times. Join our Facebook group that we talk about during this episode! A list of some of our favorite books we wrote about last year.  Use our list and find your next read!
April 17, 2020
Understanding the Impact of Maslow Before Bloom with Dr. Bryan Pearlman
Dr. Bryan Pearlman, author of the book, Whatever It Takes for All Students to Succeed in School and Life, shares wisdom on what preparations we can make now to support faculty and students with increasing mental health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. Pearlman is a former administrator (and self-admitted teacher at heart), therapist, and co-founder of the non-profit Distinguished School of Mental Health and Wellness program.  He runs a Facebook group called Maslow Before Bloom where like-minded people can discuss the connections between mental health, trauma, and education.
April 14, 2020
Resources for Parents During Covid-19
As a parent herself, School counselor Alisha Kowsky, understood how parents have been feeling in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.  She shares with us what she implemented and the resources she has been sharing with parents and teachers to offer support.  We also discuss the website, and the incredible learning paths available to students of all ages. Alisha's parent group: Happy Parents, Happy Kids.
April 11, 2020
Tips for Educators With Anxiety
This season of change can be overwhelming.   In a very timely episode, Lauren Jewett, special education teacher and BLTN Teachers Fellow, shares practical tips we can use to manage anxiety.  Share this episode with your staff to help calm their stress and let them realize we are all navigating this together.   Here is a link to the article Lauren wrote for Teachers with Anxiety.  
April 08, 2020
No Internet? No Problem! Ensuring Equitable Access During Distance Learning
School counselor, Rachel Berogan, shares multiple distance learning resources she has created for students in her rural community.  These social emotional tools are activities students can do independently or with family members.  The activities don't require internet capabilities which ensures equitable access for all students.
April 03, 2020
Mental Health Resources During Covid-19
Our special guest, Samantha Kobs, a school counselor and an LPC in Oklahoma, shares valuable mental health insight and practical resources that we can pass along to our students, staff, and even parents in our communities.  Add Samantha to our list of school counseling heroes!     Self care tips for virtual learning Optional Upper School Schedule Counselor Resources for Families and Students Taking Care of Your Mental Health Tips for Helping Students Deal with Social Distancing
March 31, 2020
Online Tools for Virtual Counseling
Special guest Matt Berry, Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Missouri School Counseling Association, shares incredible resources in this episode.  He talks about specific online programs, how he suggests using them, and gives wonderful wisdom about how to handle the challenges this new season brings.  Check out this jaw-dropping list that Matt compiled full of resources we can explore.  
March 27, 2020
Where Do I Start? Online School Counseling During the Coronavirus
Special Guest Meredith Newlin, author of the book Captured Fireflies and veteran educator gives us step by step instructions on where to start with online school counseling during the Coronavirus school closures.  We thoroughly enjoyed this interview and made a friend for life!  We know you'll instantly love Meredith just like we did!   Here is the link to the free lesson we referenced at the end of the podcast.  
March 24, 2020
School Closed: Now What?
School is closed. What do we do now? Join us as we talk about how to navigate these uncharted waters as school counselors with no students over the next few weeks.  We recorded this through video conferencing so it looks and sounds different from other episodes.
March 18, 2020
Increasing School Attendance
Increasing school attendance may be the biggest goal school counselors and school administrators set.  Find out how we met and exceeded our attendance goals using fun and practical techniques you can implement immediately!  We'll talk about what one administrator said was the "greatest thing that made a difference" with attendance numbers.  Plus, as always, we laugh a lot.
March 09, 2020
Using Games in School Counseling
In one of our most fun episodes ever we try to explain why we use games in school counseling, how we use them, and which ones are our favorites!  This episode was recorded in September, but it's still timely and needed!  We're just tell you that so you won't go out of your way to wish Kim a happy birthday since we celebrate it during this episode!
March 02, 2020
Classroom Management Strategies for School Counselors
One of the most asked questions is "What are classroom management strategies for school counselors?"  Listen in as we try to answer that by providing several classroom management strategies we use.
February 25, 2020
School Climate and Culture
How can school counselors impact school climate and culture? We share 5 tips that helped Kim's school soar to international fame
February 18, 2020
Self Care for Educators
Self care for educators has become increasingly important as the needs of students and the demands on teachers have changed.  In this podcast we share 10 self care tips for school counselors or educators, in general.  We also share a lot of laughs, which is another form of self care!
February 12, 2020
What a Principal Wants in a School Counselor
The relationship between school counselors and administrators is vital in running a successful school counseling program.  In this interview with Kim's principal we discuss what administrators wish their counselors knew and we let him in on what school counselors wish their principal knew.  Maybe this interview could help jumpstart a conversation between you and your administrator!  Let us know!
January 29, 2020
Ideas for National School Counseling Week
How do you celebrate National School Counseling Week?  In this episode we will give practical and cost effective ways to celebrate National School Counseling Week.  We also explain the difference between "National School Counselor's Week" and "National School Counseling Week."  We also discuss the controversial topic of whether school counselors should expect gifts during this celebration week.  We appreciate the work you are doing!  Follow this link to find everything we talked about in today's episode.  Free posters, ideas, and links to items that will enhance your week.
January 29, 2020
Counselor Accents Introduction
This podcast is going to be a fun place for us to discuss all things related to school counseling.  In this first episode we take a little time to explain what you can expect in future episodes.  Plus we will let you in on a few tidbits about us.  By the end of this episode you will know which of us can perfectly mimic the sound of an aquatic mammal, and which of us is a magnet for a particular natural disaster.  Did we mention that we're going to have fun?
January 29, 2020