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School Counseling Simplified is a podcast offering easy to implement strategies for busy school counselors. The host, Rachel Davis from Bright Futures Counseling, shares tips and tricks she has learned from her years of experience as a school counselor both in the US and at an international school in Costa Rica.

School Counseling Simplified Podcast Rachel Davis

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    • 5.0 • 55 Ratings

School Counseling Simplified is a podcast offering easy to implement strategies for busy school counselors. The host, Rachel Davis from Bright Futures Counseling, shares tips and tricks she has learned from her years of experience as a school counselor both in the US and at an international school in Costa Rica.

    Team Player Series: Admin

    Team Player Series: Admin

    All month I’ve been talking about how you can collaborate with your stakeholders, and this episode is dedicated to principals. Your administration can really dictate how your program runs, so this is a very important topic! Some principals can micromanage while others don’t want to be involved at all, hopefully your principal is somewhere in the middle.
    These strategies can allow you to be in control no matter how involved, or not involved, your principal wants to be. One of the easiest ways to do this is by communicating with them that you have all your student’s needs met. This way you will be a breath of fresh air amongst the chaos! What better way to advocate for your role than to show your principal that you’ve got everything under control?
    Resources mentioned:
    Join my school counselor membership IMPACT here! Episode 65, Team Player Series: Parents Episode 64, Team Player Series: Teachers Episode 62, Ideas for School Wide Initiatives Show Notes: bright-futurescounseling.com/podcast Connect with Rachel on social media:
    TpT Store Blog Instagram Facebook Page Facebook Group Pinterest  Youtube If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please follow and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!

    • 11 min
    Team Player Series: Parents

    Team Player Series: Parents

    For this week’s Team Player Series episode, I will share how to get parents on board. I’m sure each and every one of you listening right now has experienced backlash from a parent at some point in your career. If you’re like me, you probably realized if you had communicated more in the first place some of those situations never would have occurred. 
    Basically what I’m saying is to communicate, communicate, communicate! There is a caveat of course. The expectations, communication style, and feelings of parents are all going to be different. These tips I provide will be helpful no matter what the parent needs from you when collaborating about their child. Join me next week for another episode in the Team Player Series!
    Resources mentioned:
    Join my school counselor membership IMPACT here! Episode 64, Team Player Series: Teachers Show Notes: bright-futurescounseling.com/podcast Connect with Rachel on social media:
    TpT Store Blog Instagram Facebook Page Facebook Group Pinterest  Youtube If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please follow and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!

    • 16 min
    Team Player Series: Teachers

    Team Player Series: Teachers

    As we approach the holiday season I hope you take time to rest and reflect on how you feel about the first few months of school. I know some of you have probably felt really alone and isolated in your school building full of teachers. It’s just as bad, if not worse, if you have been getting push back from your class lessons or recommendations. Believe me, I’ve been there. That’s why I decided to create this team player series for developing a strong team in your school. 
    Whether the staff at your school is young or established, I will be providing you with strategies to break through any barriers and create a cohesive team amongst your staff. If you’re anything like me you likely want to share your ideas as much as possible, but you also need to consider that your suggestions may add to the laundry list of tasks teachers need to do. These strategies will allow for a fun, respectful, and collaborative environment.
    Resources mentioned:
    Join my school counselor membership IMPACT here! Pre-Referral Intervention Manual 
    Calendly
    Show Notes: bright-futurescounseling.com/podcast Connect with Rachel on social media:
    TpT Store Blog Instagram Facebook Page Facebook Group Pinterest  Youtube If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please follow and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!

    • 17 min
    Create Counseling Games with Halloween Candy Buckets

    Create Counseling Games with Halloween Candy Buckets

    To wrap up one of my favorite months, I decided to do a seasonal episode in the spirit of Halloween! I’ll be sharing some fun activities you can do with those Halloween buckets you’ve probably gotten on Amazon or in the Dollar Store. I love providing you with low-cost and simple ideas and these are no different.
    If you’ve been a listener for a while, you know that I try to create simple activities that don’t require a lot of planning or materials. If you have paper and pumpkin buckets you’re all set. There are so many topics you can create sorting activities with such as problems and zones of regulation. Head over to my Instagram and let me know what grades or topics you used this activity for!
    Resources mentioned:
    Join my school counselor membership IMPACT here! Show Notes: bright-futurescounseling.com/podcast Connect with Rachel on social media:
    TpT Store Blog Instagram Facebook Page Facebook Group Pinterest  Youtube If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please follow and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!

    • 10 min
    Ideas for School Wide Initiatives

    Ideas for School Wide Initiatives

    Have you ever taught a great lesson only to have your student forget everything the next time they walk through your door? Teaching students truly takes a village, so it only makes sense we take advantage of our resources. I’m talking about peers, teachers, custodians, and more!
    Think about it. When you explicitly teach a topic and then another staff member refers to it in the hallway, on the playground, or in the lunchroom then your teaching has extended far beyond your lesson. The more your students see and hear the terms and visuals you teach them, the less you’ll be reacting to a crisis. Once you put these strategies into action, I’d love to hear how you got your school community involved!
    Resources mentioned:
    Join my school counselor membership IMPACT here! Show Notes: bright-futurescounseling.com/podcast Connect with Rachel on social media:
    TpT Store Blog Instagram Facebook Page Facebook Group Pinterest  Youtube If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please follow and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!

    • 13 min
    Non-Boring Bullying Prevention Month Ideas

    Non-Boring Bullying Prevention Month Ideas

    Did you know that October is Bullying Prevention Month? It’s truly one of my favorite topics to discuss with my students. It is so important to work on those preventative measures and teach our students skills at a young age. The earlier you teach them about bullying, the more control you’ll have as they get older.
    There are so many different ways to teach your students to be kind and aware of what to do if others aren’t. These activities can range from individual to school-wide. Each of these ideas will educate your students on what bullying is and how to communicate if they experience or witness something troubling. It’s our job to make sure all of our students feel safe and bullying prevention month is the perfect time to do that!
    Join my school counselor membership IMPACT here!
    Resources Mentioned:
    FREEBIE Bullying Prevention Scenario Cards 
    Ideas to Spread Awareness During Bullying Prevention Month
    Bullying Prevention Salad Bowl Game
    Bullying Prevention Bundle
    Blog post on YouTube videos
    Ned Show on how to be an upstander vs. bystander
    For the Birds Pixar Film
    Stopbullying.gov
    Kidstakeonbullying.com
    Commonsensemedia.org
    Show Notes: bright-futurescounseling.com/podcast Connect with Rachel on social media:
    TpT Store Blog Instagram Facebook Page Facebook Group Pinterest  Youtube If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please follow and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

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55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Stacoe Bates ,

Priceless

As a new elementary school counselor, much of my anxiety of the unknown was alleviated as I began to listen to Rachel’s advice and expertise when it comes to counseling. I’ve gained a lot of useful information and tools that will put me on the right track to having a successful program. Her resources are a fabulous addition to reaching all students through multiple tiers. I highly recommend School Counseling Simplified!

Jen C Counselor ,

Best School Counseling Podcast!

Every school counselor needs to listen to this outstanding podcast! Rachel shares extremely helpful information and tips that are practical & applicable! I’m returning to school counseling after 9 years and this podcast has really helped prepare me! Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us, Rachel!

bethanymbishop ,

Love this pod!!!

I love this podcast! Rachel’s episodes are short and sweet and are extremely helpful. I discovered her last year when I was a supply/substitute counselor for my first year and it seriously helped me learn new things every week!

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