School Counseling Corner

School Counseling Topics by Month

**Some topics may not be taught to all age groups. Younger grades in particular may spend more time on foundations of cooperation rather than learning about a topic like "civil debate." **

August: Meet the Counselor and Restorative Dialogue Circles (More about Restorative Circles here: www.edutopia.org/practice/stw-glenview-practice-dialogue-circles-video )

September: Harassment and Bulling Prevention, Body Safety, and Circles of Support.

October: Identifying Emotions, Family and Home, and Safe Place Meditation

November: Identity, Understanding Fear, and Values

December: Trust and Responsibility, Civil Debate, and Peer Pressure

January: Goal-setting, Skills Identification, and Making Decisions

February: Body Image, Worry, Mindfulness Practice

March: Problem Solving, Expression Wants and Feelings, Personal Superpowers

April: Yoga for self-regulation, Breathing, Managing Feelings

May: Self esteem, Communication, Gratitude, and (for upper unit) the social and emotional impacts of puberty

June: Resume (A description of what they can do at the end of this year) and a letter to my future self.

Assessments

At least once per year, all k-6 students will be assessed for resilience using the CYRM-R assessment tool. Sounds super fancy and confusing, but really it just looks at the the 9 needs of children and measures the student's perception of how well those needs are being met. The 9 needs are:

Structure.

Consequences.

Parent-child connections.

Lots and lots of strong relationships.

A powerful identity.

A sense of control.

A sense of belonging, spirituality, and/or life purpose.

Rights and responsibilities

Here is a link to a video that describes the 9 needs: What resilience is and isn't - 9 things children need by Dr. Michael Ungar


I am happy to share a copy of the assessment by request. There are a couple of versions depending on age.


For Pre-K, I'll share the assessment which caregivers who have the option of completing the assessment on your child's behalf. The assessment is not meant for direct use with Pre-K students, but I assume that caregivers may have very accurate answers based on what they observe in their children.


This assessment is NOT used to identify mental health issues, to imply abuse or neglect, or to indicate developmental issues.

It IS used to identify which students may need individual or small group social and emotional support.