Category Archives: Counselor’s Corner

How to Establish a Caring Process for Mandated Reporting

By Stephanie Filio It is 3:55, and the release bell rings at 4:00. Everyone is happy, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and the counselor’s office has been quiet for about 15 minutes. The end of … Continue reading

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Advocating for Small-Group Discussions at Your School

By Jean Sunde Peterson, Ph.D., author of How (and Why) to Get Students Talking: 78 Ready-to-Use Group Discussions About Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Relationships, and More (Grades 6–12) It was just a hunch. When I was tasked with creating a program for … Continue reading

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How to Foster Growth Mindset in Trauma-Informed Classrooms

By Amanda C. Symmes, LICSW I can clearly recall being in elementary school and having intense jealousy over my art teacher’s scissor skills. Project after project, I would marvel at how she wielded the pair of large “teacher-sized” shears and … Continue reading

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Understanding Peer Pressure

By Stephanie Filio Peer pressure plagues every generation. Why do kids try to influence each other to do things that might negatively impact them? Why do kids listen to their peers instead of their own moral compass? The problem is … Continue reading

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Taming the Beast and Curtailing Screen Time

By Stephanie Filio The preteen and teen brain operates largely on emotion and feelings, which can get confusing during these years of rapid-fire hormones. Eventually, the brain gets so tired it surrenders and gives the green light to things like … Continue reading

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