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4 Ideas for Getting Student Buy-In for High School Counseling Small Groups

Monday, February 15, 2021

One of the biggest roadblocks to running small group counseling sessions with high school students (besides lack of time) is getting students bought in. How do you find the right students for the groups? Once you've found them, how do you get them excited to participate? Once you run a few small groups, you'll be able to come up with plenty of ways to master the student invitation conversation. Until then, here are some tips to get you started.

Check out these 4 ideas for getting student buy-in for high school counseling small groups.

How to Communicate with 3 Main Stakeholders While Planning High School Counseling Small Groups

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

It’s important for students, teachers, admin, and parents to be on the same page about the small groups you’re running. If you want your small group to run smoothly from beginning to end, you must consider the systems and communication you’re putting into place before, during, and after your small group.

Here are some tips for communicating with your 3 main stakeholders while planning from your high school counseling small groups:

3 Tips for Starting Your High School Counseling Small Groups Out on the Right Foot

How do you start a high school small group? You want to make sure you move in the right direction AND be sure you’re running something that’s worth EVERYONE’S time. Getting started is often the hardest part. Getting started CORRECTLY is the most important part!

Are you looking to put a plan into action to get your small groups running successfully? Here are 3 tips for starting your high school counseling small groups out on the right foot:

3 Tips for Taking Back Your Calendar

Sunday, January 17, 2021

We all know that our days are absolutely crazy and no two are ever the same as school counselors. (It's honestly one of my favorite things about this job.) However, we will not be efficient or effective if we're not taking control of our time. 

How often do you look back at a day or a week and wonder what you have to show for your energy and commitment to students? Are there more things you wish you could have done to serve your students and families?

Here are 3 tips to take back your calendar: 

The 5 Phases of College Applications

Friday, December 25, 2020

Think of the college application process like a road trip. Before you even get on the road, you're stressed out over what to even pack. You're worried about what weather you might encounter on the trip and if you'll make good time. You're currently merging onto that wide open highway. Some people are zipping past you. You might be moving slowly in the right hand lane or maybe you're broken down on the side of the road. Right now, at the beginning (or even middle) of the process, it's hard to see the end through the mountains and through all of the fog. You're nervous or overwhelmed (rightfully so) because you can't see the end! You have no idea what exit you're getting off on. 

When you start navigating the college application process on your own, you quickly find out how much information is out there. SO MUCH! TOO MUCH! When do you need to get out and take a stretch break? When do you decide you actually need to get some help with directions?

When you see a college application timeline, you may realize the weight of all of the moving pieces and deadlines. I've helped thousands of students and families reshape their view of the college application process by breaking down the process into 5 easy-to-understand phases. Name it and claim it as you work through these phases. When you break it down into smaller chunks, this helps funnel the information from firehouse to faucet.

As you think through each of these 5 phases for your family or with your student, use this free worksheet to jot your questions you may have about each topic.