Monday, February 23, 2015

Anchored in Success!

Agenda for the night!
School Board member
What a great event! The First Coast Counseling Association had our annual Principal Counselor Reception at Jacksonville University last week. We had one of our school board members, Dr. Constance Hall, share with us the importance of school counselors in education. She is a wonderful advocate for us and even told us to call/email ALL our school board members and advocate for ourselves as they go through budgets for future years! How crazy is that?! 
our Amazing team, anchored in Success

Photo Booth
 We had some great food, drinks, and even a photo booth for our counselors and administrators to snap a few shots of life outside school (wahoo!). We also give out 2 awards at this event- one for an exceptional administrator, and one to an amazing counselor. Each of these individuals go above and beyond to help our students every day. The administrator that was selected has their counselors have a caseload of 250 students each- the ASCA national model recommendation! I wish we could all have an administrator that would fight for us the way she fought for her counselors! It was such an inspiring night and it gave me a burst of energy as I think about the future of my program.

Here's to great people doing great things,
Your Floridian Chicka!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Giving color to our emotions

Since coming back to school in 2015 I have started a few groups focusing on expressing ourselves and our emotions. The lesson I did recently shows me the depth and creativity of children and how beautiful relationships and counseling can really be. I have been using bits and pieces from a program called "Seeing Red"... It's a wonderful jump off point for expression and emotion activities! 

The word of the day was anger. I asked them to use this puzzle and think about things that have ever made them angry. I then asked them to assign a color to each topic that made them angry.  I got some pretty intense and deep answers though such as "memories make me angry, my dead family member makes me angry, the thought of a certain classmate makes me angry". Once the kids started sharing, it was amazing to see how they related to one another. Sometimes I forget how powerful a small group really can be.  The other pictures show where they get angry on their body. I love self expression.. I do all the activities too, and I have to admit, they make me feel better every time!

Hopefully you can start a small group at your school soon and talk about emotions and expressing yourself. It is a skill that many adults do not have and I really feel like it can change relationships when we start really talking about how we are really feeling.

Feelin' gooood, 

Your Floridian chick:)

Monday, February 9, 2015

National School Counseling Week 2015

What a great week to be a counselor! I wanted to share what happened last week at school and hopefully help counselors as they plan for future NSCW:

Monday: starting the week off with something sweet: 3 musketeers 
Tuesday: compliment poster
Wednesday: crossword puzzle about the counselor. Staff members who brought them back correct, won their class a present!
Thursday: tips on how to relax at work
Friday: Milkyway bar 

Creating gifts for 46 people everyday can be a little challenging but these ideas were simple and memorable (until they are them)! 

NSCW15-ing it!,
Your Floridian Chicka!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Action:MBF Style!

And that's a wrap!

Recently, I made my way to Switzerland- yes Switzerland.. OK.. it was actually a part of Florida named Switzerland but a girl can dream right?

BUT I must say my time in "Switzerland" was pretty amazing, I worked with the Monique Burr Foundation on taping some of the lessons in their new(er)program for schools called  Child Safety Matters. The purpose of our taping was to record a facilitator (School counselors, that's you!) doing the lessons. The lessons are scripted, making it uber easy to talk about some pretty difficult topics. By having the scripted lessons, it creates validity throughout the program and makes monitoring the appropriate wordage and vocabulary streamlined and simple.

The topics covered in the elementary program include bullying/cyberbullying, abuse (physical, emotional, neglect, sexual), and 5 simple rules to keep yourself safe. While I wish we didn't live in a society that needs to share this information, we do, so the more we talk about these issues, the more kids know what is right, and what is wrong.

A majority of the counties in Florida have this program [for Free!], and MBF is trying to get this simple-2 lesson per grade- program to other states. Fingers crossed for them!

If you are looking for more information, please visit their websites- they are a great group of people who have an even better mission: Advocate for kids.

It's what we do,

Your Floridian Chicka!