By Laura Rankhorn and Kim Crumbley
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Counselor AccentsNov 20, 2023
Trauma Informed with Michael McKnight
We're revisiting an oldie but goodie! We recorded this episode 3 years ago, but it is so relevant for what we're experiencing in education today! In this episode Michael McKnight explains what ACE stands for, how to explain them to staff members, and the power of one caring adult. This is one of those episodes we believe should be shared with ALL educators.
Help, I'm Drowning! Apps and Technology to Help You Work Smarter Not Harder
Anybody else feel like you're drowning? We want to help you by suggesting some apps and technology that can help you work smarter not harder! Listen as we share about 12 different tools that we've either used or plan to use to help us from day to day as school counselors. We're curious- what apps help you each day?
Kim's Fall Break Adventure AND Info About Our Behavior Conference
We felt like taking a quick break from talking about school counseling strategies and wanted to share a story about Kim's near brush with who knows what during fall break! Kim has a flair for exaggeration, but something tells me this story is accurate! Listen as she takes us on a journey!
We also take a few minutes in this episode to talk about our upcoming behavior conference! We are consistently asked about how to manage behaviors, and how to support teachers in managing behaviors. We are putting together a conference to help with those questions! Find out how YOU can earn an extra paycheck through this behavior conference.
Everyone Has a Story- Before, During, and After a Personal Tragedy
In this episode, Nour shares her personal story of what happened to her family when she was in high school. From the outside looking in, things seemed perfect. Nour was a good student with no behavior issues. She blended in with the other students at her school. Right after her graduation, an unfathomable tragedy happened right in front of her. As always, we hope you listen to this and think of ways to reach your students who might be living through traumatic situations at home.
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What Would You Do If...
As a school counselor have you ever found yourself in a situation where you wonder what you should do? For example, if you switched schools and realized day to day life is different from what was covered in your interview, what would you do? Or if you are asked to present to the staff, what would you talk about? In this episode we are answering some of the questions you've asked us! Listen in as we discuss attendance incentives, questioning your new school placement, and more!
It is no secret that student behaviors are escalating. We are currently accepting proposals for our first ever virtual behavior conference! If you're interested in presenting, please fill out this presentation proposal form. Sessions will be prerecorded and will be available beginning on February 9, 2024. Proposals are due by November 10.
Shine a Light on Your School Counseling Program- Marketing Your Program with Sweety Patel
In this episode Sweety Patel shares some of the highlights from her article for the ASCA magazine where she talked about the importance of marketing your school counseling program. Marketing your program is vital so that others know about the great things that you are doing in your school and community! She focuses specifically on using social media to reach the community. We hope you are inspired to shine a light on your program after listening to this episode!
School Counseling Amazon Must-Haves
In this episode we are sharing the school counseling must-haves we have found on Amazon. We believe these items will help you with organization, small groups, whole groups, or individual sessions. Let us know what your favorite Amazon purchase of the year has been! Plus listen until the end for an exclusive interview with Ellie Blair, Laura's younger daughter. She has a story to tell about some playground trauma. You don't want to miss it!
Everyone Has a Story- A Story of Childhood Trauma
In this episode Holly Wilcox shares the story of her childhood, one full of multiple adverse childhood experiences or ACEs. You will be gripped by her ability to overcome, forgive, and use her experiences to help others.
Holly paints the picture of some of our students who might be living through the nightmare of abuse. She reminds us that these students don't always fit the mold of what we look for. She also shares practical tips we can use when helping some of our students.
The How and Why of Play Therapy at All Age Levels
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning” — Fred Rogers
In this episode Fondra Magee (a current school counselor in Washington, school based registered play therapist, and member of the Washington State Play Therapy Association Board of Directors) leads us through all of our burning questions about using play therapy in schools. She explains how we can use it without crossing the therapy boundary, why it makes sense to use it, and tips and tricks that you can implement today at your school.
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Teaching Teachers About Trauma
We believe it is important that teachers know the role of the school counselor, but as behaviors are changing, our message and training should change too. In this episode we are sharing why teachers need to be trauma informed, and we are also giving rubber meets the road training points to include when you talk to your faculty. And of course we have some laughs along the way.
The Importance of Collaborating Across All Grade Levels
Lauren Tingle from Counselor Clique collaborates with us in this episode, which is all about... Collaboration! Find out why it is important for elementary counselors to know what secondary counselors are focusing on, and how secondary counselors can help elementary counselors with some of their initiatives. We hope you get some practical, rubber meets the road ideas on how to start these conversations. Maybe this episode will spark conversations across your school system!
Everyone Has a Story: The Devastating Effects of a Sextortion Scam
This episode will be difficult to listen to, but absolutely necessary. In this episode we talk with Brian Montgomery, a father of four from Mississippi. He shares how a sextortion scam changed his family within a matter of hours. There were none of the warning signs that we have all been educated to look for. We hope that all educators, parents, aunts, uncles, guardians and concerned citizens will be informed and inspired to take action to prevent another devastating loss.
Our Summer Reading (Watch or Listen) List
When we finally have a little down time to sit back and enjoy a good book, podcast, or TV show, it can be frustrating if we don't know what to read, watch, or listen to! In this episode we're giving you our school counselor summer reading list. We've included a mix of nonfiction, fiction, plus OUR book Growing Your Program for School Counselors that was just recently released. Start compiling your list today and let us know whose list you like better, Laura's or Kim's!
Live from the ASCA Conference!
We've got a few funny stories for you from our experience at ASCA this year! Listen in as we talk about the RAMP dinner. What do a strawberry, a pecan, and a toenail all have in common? Listen in and find out!
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Part 2: Adding Creativity to Your School Counseling Program
This is part 2 of how to add creativity to your school counseling program. In this episode we share several rubber meets the road tips, as well as some stories, and of course some laughs. We truly believe that finding that creativity and tapping into what you're passionate about can be a game changer for your upcoming school year.
Adding Creativity to Your School Counseling Program
We believe that this time of year is the perfect time to reflect and think about what worked this year, and what improvements can be made for the upcoming year. In this episode we give several rubber meets the road tips on how to add creativity to your school counseling program, and why we think it's important. There are so many tips and discussions about each tip, we decided to make this 2 episodes. Enjoy the first half this week and the second half next week.
Marketing, Minute Meetings, and More with Dr. Danielle Schultz
Dr. Danielle Schultz is a treasure trove of ideas and information. Our brains were in constant planning mode when we finished this episode. Listen in as she gives us the ideas behind minute meetings, how she has made them work over the years, and how she uses the information. We also pick her brain about how she markets her school counseling program and why it's important. We guarantee you will come away from this episode with a few new ideas on how to take your school counseling program to the next level!
Interviewing the Interviewer
You may be tempted to skip this episode if you are snug and content in your current role; however, we would encourage you to give it a listen anyway! The idea behind this episode is to help those of you who are searching for jobs to interview the interviewer. Ask questions to make sure the school will be a good fit for you. If you aren't able to be selective, at least the answers you get from these questions will help you know what to expect on your first day. It is always good to ask questions to ensure your understanding of your role lines up with your administrator's expectation of the role of the school counselor. Even if it's your 21st year, these questions may help guide a conversation with your administrator to bring new life to this upcoming year!
What to Do When You Feel Like Quitting
We have heard from so many of you how you are struggling with the decision to continue in your role or look for a change. As two school counselors who are in the trenches with you, we certainly agree that this year (and the past few years) have been like none other. In this episode we talk about how to determine whether it's time to walk away, change schools, change school levels, or just take a nap. We hope that this conversation helps you as you navigate what could possibly be a life-altering decision. Share this with a school counseling friend who may be having the same thoughts.
Everybody Has a Story- The Why Behind the Behavior
Steve Simpson, a New York media veteran and nationally recognized, award-winning child advocate, shares his personal story. As he does, he points out some of the reasons for the behaviors we see in our students. At a time when educators are wondering how to handle the behavior issues they are seeing, Steve's story and solutions are very needed. As you listen to this episode, we are certain that you will be thinking of students you've encountered over the years. Perhaps Steve's story will shed light on the why behind the behavior.
Behavior Strategies with Amie Dean the Behavior Queen
This may be our most needed podcast yet! Amie Dean, the Behavior Queen is sharing timely, quick, and easy strategies to use with various student behaviors. As school counselors we are often viewed as the specialists on student behavior; however, the behaviors we have witnessed and heard about in recent years have escalated quickly. This will be an episode you will want to listen to multiple times in order to grasp the rubber meets the road practical tips that Amie shares with us.
School Counseling Leadership with Matthew McClain
We have said it before, and we will no doubt say it again- school counselors are leaders. ASCA tells us this. You are a leader in your school, community, and even nation! Matthew McClain, Executive Director of the Colorado School Counselor Association, drives home the reason why this is so important. He explains how he got started in school counseling leadership, and what a difference it has made in his career! Listen in as he shares practical, rubber meets the road tips that will help propel you forward in your school counseling role!
The Reasons for the Increase in Educator Burnout
In this episode we talk about the drastic rise in educator burnout. We are tackling the reasons why educators are walking away from the profession at an alarming rate. We will be doing another episode soon on school counselor burnout. If you haven't already, go comment on our Instagram or Facebook post on this topic. This episode is coming at you straight from the Dayton, Ohio airport!
Data Driven Small Groups
Trust us- don't skip this one just because you don't do small groups. Whether you run small groups or not, we promise this is worth the listen! Sarah Flier is full of wisdom and school counseling knowledge. She shares so much information on school counseling that it's easy to see why she was one of the finalists for the National School Counselor of the Year!
Raised by Wolves- Building a Bridge for Parent Relationships
Parent involvement is much different for many of our families than it was a decade ago. Dr. Debbie Grant, a former school counselor and current professor at the University of West Alabama, is a bridge builder when it comes to helping parents see the importance of being present. Listen to this podcast episode as she shares rubber meets the road strategies she used to truly change the outcome for many of her students.
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Our First Ever Live Podcast with YOUR Questions
This episode was like a party! We are joined by several new and old school counseling friends from across the nation. Listen in as we answer questions from YOU, our listeners! We're talking about advocacy, National School Counseling Week, measuring student progress, heavy caseloads, and more! If you didn't join us on this episode, make sure you don't miss the next one! We'd like to give a shout out to our guest stars from all across the nation who joined us on this episode. You all MADE this episode what it is! We love you!
Bringing Nature into School Counseling
We love when people combine what they're passionate about with their school counseling role. That's exactly what Dr. Ryan Reese has done with nature and school counseling. In this episode he shares some of his findings about the benefits of exposing students to various elements of nature. He also shares "rubber meets the road" tips that our listeners have come to expect and love from our guests. Let this episode inspire you to start bringing some of the outside inside! Let us know what you're doing to mix nature and school counseling!
Ryan Reese is an associate professor at Oregon State University- Cascades. He is also the owner and operator of EcoWellness Counseling and Consulting. www.ecowellnessbend.com
School Counseling Advocacy- The Why and How with Daniel Birdsong
School counseling advocacy is so important. We are responsible for spreading the word about the work that we do in order to break down walls and inaccurate mindsets about the job that we do. Daniel Birdsong, the president of the Alabama School Counseling Association, shares some of the findings of his dissertation based on school counseling advocacy. This is an episode you will want to listen to multiple times. We would also recommend sharing it with your administrator and counseling supervisor.
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School Counselor Goals for the New Year
We are not fans of making resolutions for the new year. We hate the thought of setting ourselves up for failure. In this episode we talk about areas we want to focus on as school counselors using the principles outlined in the book by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, The Deepest Well. Instead of setting unrealistic goals, we want to focus on improving by 1% each day. Listen in as we share our thoughts on what we would like to accomplish this year. What are some goals or areas you want to focus on this year?
Tips for Making the Most of the Holiday Season
These will either be the worst tips or the best tips you've ever heard for making the most of the holiday season. We know that this time of year can bring up a lot of emotions. We have them, too! In this episode we are adding to some of the Mayo Clinic's top tips for making the most of the holiday season. One thing is guaranteed: you will have a smile on your face as you listen to us share these tips!
Managing Tough Behaviors Part 2
Have you noticed a shift in student behaviors? You're not alone! Joy Winchester joins us in this episode to explain why our students seem different these days, and how we can manage those different behaviors we are seeing. She is always a wealth of information as she talks about strategies to use with students and teachers, the beauty of neuroplasticity, and more! This may be one of those episodes you want to share with your staff!
Solutions for Online Dangers
One of the most difficult battles we have to face as school counselors is combatting what our students see and do online. From cyberbullying to Tick Tock challenges, it feels nearly impossible to stay on top of all of the online threats. In this episode Titania Jordan from Bark shares Rubber Meets the Road tips that parents and school personnel can do to keep our students safe online. Titania is the Chief Parenting Officer at Bark Technologies and the author of Parenting in a Tech World. Bark is the an online safety solution that lets you monitor texts & social media, manage screen time schedules, block websites and apps, and get alerts for signs of danger. Bark has a parent version and a free version for schools.
How to Avoid Burnout AND the Alabama School Counselor of the Year
It seems like school counselors (and educators, in general) are experiencing burnout at an alarming rate. In this episode we are sharing three rubber meets the road tips to avoid burnout or to come out of burnout if you're finding yourself stuck. Plus we announce who the Alabama Elementary School Counselor of the Year is... Spoiler alert: It's Kim!!!
Classroom Management and SO MUCH MORE with Cassie Stephens
After spending entirely too long at Indiana University getting her degree in both painting and art education, Cassie Stephens did her student teaching in the magical land of Ireland. While she was away, her parents, fully aware of her slacker ways, sent out 52 art teacherin’ job applications to such far away places as Alaska. One such place that called her for an interview was Nashville, Tennessee. On a whim, she loaded up her jean-jumpers, resume and chain-smoking grandma to made the trip to Nashville where she landed her first teaching gig. Fast forward nearly 15 years and Cassie had settled down with her husband and their three cats. Sadly, she’d fallen into an art teacherin’ slump rehashing stale art lessons, still wearing those sad jean jumpers and doing little creating of her own. It was then that she decided to create a blog that might help snap her out of her funk. She’ll be sharing more about that here in a moment. Zip forward once more to the present. These days, you can find Cassie teaching in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville. She’s written two books filled with sewing and clay crafts for kids and art teachers alike. You can also take a listen to her podcast where she shares all things life and art teacherin’.
School Counseling Questions and Answers
In this episode we are discussing your burning school counseling questions. We will talk about girl drama, sticky situations with administrators, tough Child Protective Services issues, and more! Plus, you know we will have a few laughs along the way. Listen and then do us a favor and rate and review this episode.
From Juvenile Delinquent to Juris Doctor- Hasan Davis
Hasan Davis will share his experience of often interrupted transitions through education, justice, and social support systems. Throughout Hasan's journey outliers and resistors found ways to engage, encourage and empower him. With the support of these "Hope Dealers", Hasan transcended his mounting list of "failures" to become an advocate for himself and eventually a champion for others. Through story and spoken word, Hasan will share how his champions (Hope Dealers) helped him complete the "JD shuffle" going from Hasan Davis, Juvenile Delinquent to Hasan Davis, Juris Doctor. Come ready to celebrate, recharge and recommit to being the Hope Dealers that you are.
Human Trafficking in Your School: Recognizing the Signs
It is staggering to think about human trafficking happening in our country; however, the reality is that students in big cities AND rural communities are victims of human trafficking. Christian Stanley and his wife, Rachel, work with victims of human trafficking in the US. In this episode Christian shares stories about how his team has searched for missing children. He also shares about how his organization has uncovered trafficking victims through school assemblies and trainings. Human trafficking can happen anywhere. This episode is a great reminder of the signs to watch out for and who to call if you suspect a student is being trafficked.
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Sandy Austin- School Counseling Superwoman
Sandy Austin is a legend among school counselors. In this episode she talks about all of the programs she is involved in and how they directly benefit school counselors and our students. Her B.I.O.N.I.C. program has been an answer to the bullying crisis that has impacted so many of our students. She describes how the program has brought schools and communities closer together. She is also involved in a program with ASCA that she describes, and she has written a course for parents to help them know what to do with situations that seem beyond their control.
6+ Takeaways From the RAMP Process
Have you ever thought about completing the RAMP application process? In this episode we are barely scratching the surface of what we learned while going through the RAMP steps. You may learn a few things that can help you, or you may learn what NOT to do! Either way, we hope this episode helps you get your head in the RAMP game!
Listening to Student Voice- The How and Why with James Layman
"Student Voice" is a phrase we are hearing more and more. James Layman, the director of the Association of Washington Student Leaders, defines "student voice" for us and explains why it is so valuable in our schools. James gives us the 4 C's of student voice, and tells us how to listen to what students are really saying. This is an episode you will want to share with your administrators and coworkers!
A Few Techniques and a Few Questions
Everyone loves rubber meets the road techniques, especially at the beginning of the year when each day feels like a whirlwind. We're sharing some of the trends we're already seeing and how we're meeting those needs. We also give our best shot at answering YOUR questions. Don't forget to rate our podcast!
Back to School Q&A
It's back to school time, and we've had lots of questions come our way! In this episode we are tackling some of those questions as we get back in the swing of things. Learn about how to arrange your schedule, how soon to start small groups, how to conduct teacher trainings/parent trainings, meet the counselor lessons, and what to do with challenging behaviors right off the bat.
We hope everyone has a great start to this school year!
Have You Ever Thought About...
In this new segment we are asking you to think about ordinary things in different ways with a school counseling twist. We are starting with Google products, and all of the ways these programs could save you time, make you successful, and position you as the leader you are!
Minute Meetings: The Basics for All Grade Levels
Minute Meetings is one of our all-time most requested speaking topics. In this episode we are talking about the minute meeting basics. We answer the question of how we organize our student information and answers. We also talk about how to make this work for all grade levels. We are also answering the question of "Why" we recommend minute meetings and then what we do with the data we collect. Plus, of course we have some laughs along the way!
A Few School Counseling Hacks
In this episode Kim and Laura share a few of their favorite school counseling hacks from their ASCA 22 session in Austin, Texas.
Helping the Wounded with Joe Hendershott
As educators we work with "at-risk" students every day. In this episode Joe Henershott helps us shift our view of these students from "at-risk" to wounded. How should we care for wounded people and should it be a different "treatment plan" than for our at-risk students? This episode explains why these terms aren't necessarily interchangeable, and it may shed some light on why educators are leaving the field in record numbers. This is an episode to share with all educators!
School Counselor Interview Questions
We know that not everyone is interviewing for a new school counseling job, but we do believe that this episode is full of great reminders for running an effective school counseling program. And we guarantee that approximately 99% of you will laugh several times throughout the episode. We also cover the importance of advocating for our role as school counselors especially as school districts across the nation are eliminating school counseling positions.
Hope for the Wounded: An Answer to the Trauma Educators Have Experienced
So many of us are tired of hearing the phrase "self care." What started out as a great suggestion has become one more task that we feel guilty about not doing. In this episode Dardi Hendershott offers hope for those of us who feel as though we have fought a huge battle this year. We believe this episode will inspire you and equip you to help other educators as you start making plans for the upcoming school year.
Room Transformation Ideas and Details
Have you ever wanted to change up your school counseling program? Maybe you want to try a different way to engage students. Maybe you are wanting to add an element of fun. We believe room transformations could be the answer! Join us as Amy Hassler, an educator from Indiana, shares some of her favorite room transformations. She also tells us why they work and how she affords them. Kim and Laura then discuss how to add the school counseling element to room transformations. This episode could be the answer to setting your next year apart from every other year!