The Global Context of School Counseling

The Global Context of School Counseling

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 in Presentations, Reflections on Counseling

National School Counseling Week (NSCW) is fast approaching and I received a request from Erin Mason who I know through twitter to contribute to her student’s interviews at DePaul College of Education with counselors in the field and, in particular, to respond to the prompt “How is school counseling a global profession?” Thanks to Erin for […]

Dispositions in Resilience Education

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 in Presentations, Reflections on Counseling

Middle School Educators Conference 2015 Homepage Breakout Session Presentation for Educators entitled “Dispositions for Resiliency” Description: Among the key life attributes we strive for with our students is for them to be resilient in the face of  adversity and challenge. While there has never been a better time for children to develop excellence across a myriad […]

Anything but Nonsense

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 in Featured Content, PSHE, Reflections on Counseling

This year we have added another year to our Personal Social Health Education program with the class offered to grade 10. Having worked with this year group in grade 9, it is great to be back together for another year. The program has been expanded and I am excited to approach the opportunities and challenges […]

Teen stress and the link between cutting and porn

As has become more and more prevalent in the news, it is imperative for educators to address the impact internet pornography can have on adolescent development. Gary Wilson in his TEDx Talk entitled the Great Porn Experiment does a brilliant job of raising awareness about the individual risk factors for men, particularly young men, who […]

Me and Change Inventory for Counseling Conversation

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 in Featured Content, Reflections on Counseling

The iPad continues to be a useful device for me and my counseling work with students. I sometimes prepare diagrams to share with students or groups of students on it and the ability to pass it around a room makes it much more intimate and a lot less “class-like” than putting something on a big […]

Balanced Family Tech Contract

Last week our grade 2 students at YIS mentioned, as part of a digital citizenship week assembly, how they are going to have better balance than their parents about the amount of time they spend on their mobile phones, laptops, and other devices when they grow up. These 8 year olds are not students with […]

Finding an English Speaking Therapist in Tokyo and Yokohama

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 in Featured Content, Reflections on Counseling

During times of difficulty a school counselor can be a tremendous help but it can also be essential to find an English speaking therapist in Tokyo or Yokohama. One of the things I love about working in a school is that I am available to help people in a setting where they are as opposed […]

Talking it Over with Grade 8

Ask any middle school counselor about the length of time between winter break and spring break and you will hear stories of 7th and 8th graders falling apart just a little. What this means in concrete terms is that the individual and social drama within these year levels reaches a bit of a fever pitch […]

Reflection on 10 Guidelines for Confidentiality

Posted on Jan 21, 2012 in COETAIL, Featured Content, Reflections on Counseling

I recently published a post sharing 10 Guidelines for Maintaining Confidentiality in the Digital Age. In many ways this is a blue ocean that is largely left unclarified in the codes of ethics for counselors/psychologists. The therapeutic alliance relies on unique circumstances with regard to confidentiality and disclosure of information to allow deeply meaningful conversations to occur […]

10 Guidelines for Maintaining Confidentiality in the Digital Age

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 in Featured Content, Reflections on Counseling

(Maintaining Confidentiality of Student’s Records and Personal Data for School Counselors)   Counselors have an ethical obligation when obtaining informed consent to make sure confidentiality protections and limitations are explained and understood. While various ethical codes extensively address confidentiality, little is specifically mentioned regarding the security of electronically stored and transmitted counseling related information. The […]