Being a school counselor is a complicated and difficult job. In many ways, the school counselor answers to the needs of the students, the expectations of students’ parents, and the requirements of their faculty administration. The growth of the Internet as an educational tool has provided some relief, however: there is an enormous number of websites which are designed to take some of the guesswork out of counseling, making the burden a little easier to carry.
ElementarySchoolCounseling.org is a website which is structured, as the name suggests, to come to the aid of the often-unappreciated elementary school counselor. Once virtually unknown, pre-high-school counselors have become a mainstay in our public schools as understanding of students’ complex emotional needs has become more prevalent in the educational system. ESC helps with a variety of issues, such as constructive ways to deal with bullying — and how to help children who are having difficulty coping with a move to (or from) another school system.
SavvySchoolCounselor.com is managed by Vanessa, an educator with more than twenty years of experience — as well as a Master of Education in Counseling. Her blog, in particular, is filled with advice on how to confront a wide variety of potentially unfamiliar situations constructively. She focuses on clever resolutions and creative solutions that encourage working together as a team (whomever it is that you’re working with).
TheCounselingGeek.com is the website of a professional consultant, who advises school counselors when they find themselves confronted with situations outside of their prior experience. Jeff Ream is a self-professed technophile, who favors solutions that implement modern, digital technology into various counseling methods, resulting in more engaged students and fewer recurring problems.
4. Good Therapy
GoodTherapy.org has its sights set on some far-reaching goals — but somebody’s got to. They focus on non-invasive, non-pathological counseling methods from a thoroughly ethical standpoint. Their content is a breath of fresh air, particularly in a modern academic environment, in which students’ emotional and psychological health is of greater concern than ever before: the more we learn, the more we find out just how lasting an impression the experiences gathered during a student’s career make on their future life decisions.
5. It’s My Life
ItsMyLife is hosted by PBSkids.org. It addresses many common concerns, which frequently relate to student counseling, from the perspective of the students’ points of view. Many school counselors find that It’s My Life helps them to obtain a fresh reminder of what it’s like to be a student, facing serious problems for the first time, and often while under the impression that the wrong decision can lead to potentially devastating and life-long consequences.
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