Institutional Knowledge in School Counseling: Unsung Complexity

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 in Reflections on Counseling

One of the unsung but most potentially rewarding aspects of school counseling is effective coordination of support services to help students grow and change. The support we coordinate for any given student can easily include dozens of people as we liaise with mental health professionals, physicians, subject teachers, learning support teachers, child advocacy workers, police, […]

A Starting Place for Preventing Treatment Failure

Posted on Feb 5, 2011 in Reflections on Counseling

All counseling efforts contain elements of success and other elements of failure (Bugental, 1988). In the effort to preserve optimism and hope, it can be beneficial to acknowledge seemingly minor breakthroughs where clients implement new behaviors or ways of thinking in situations that would have previously resulted in difficulty. At the same time, as Meehl […]

Evaluating Multicultural Counseling Competencies

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 in Reflections on Counseling

As a school counselor in an international school, students are unique in that many, if not the majority, strongly identify with their home culture and legitimately expect to re-assimilate back into their home context in the future.

School Counseling and Teachers that Connect Well with Students

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 in Reflections on Counseling

As school counselors there is a fair expectation placed on us that we’ll be able to connect with students. If you are like many counselors, relating with students in good times and in times of struggle is one of the best parts of the job. We play a vital but safe role of expertise in […]

Caffeine, Sleep, and Attention Disorders

Posted on Dec 23, 2010 in Blog, Health, Reflections on Counseling

In a recent study published on-line in the Journal of Pediatrics (2010) caffeine consumption in children is up to nearly twice the daily amount recommended by Canadian National Guidelines (Caffeine, 2010). Not surprisingly, the data gathered found a strong negative correlation between caffeine intake and quantity of sleep. In broad strokes, the body controls our […]

Compassion Fatigue in School Counseling

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 in Reflections on Counseling

School counseling can take a serious toll on practitioners. After a busy week working with students, often under difficult circumstances or with complicated challenges, we can coast to a halt on the weekend deeply thankful for time to recharge. Under normal circumstances we reenter school Monday ready for another week of making important contributions to […]

Mandated Counseling and the Needs of the Counselor

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 in Reflections on Counseling

Over the course of this week a colleague of mine remarked how when working with students who are harder to reach he changes his focus away from the overt goals of the counseling session to, look at whether or not they proactively or effortlessly engage with me. In some cases, my clients are scared and need […]

Fantastic Time Management Resource for Middle School

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 in Reflections on Counseling

As adults we know how the experience of running out of hours in the day plays out – work like mad, schedule very efficiently, multi-task, prioritize, miss sleep, drink excessive coffee, skip work-outs, rush through or miss meals, and generally miss out on the good stuff of life during our busiest moments. If you’re like […]

Bringing the Experience of the Restaurant Home

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 in Blog, Health, Reflections on Counseling

“We see the world as “we” are, not as “it” is; because it is the “I” behind the “eye” that does the seeing. Attributed to French Author Anais Nin This quote can apply to “seeing” but can also apply to eating and tasting as well. This re-scripting exercise may help you enjoy the food you […]

Embodiment in Counseling

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 in Reflections on Counseling

Our increasing use of Web 2.0 technologies makes communication both more intimate and distal at the same time.  The news of this article, a video or a useless fb status telling you that a former high school classmate is out of yogurt instantly invades your consciousness all without the physical presence of the person who […]