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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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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.

    Advocating 101

    Advocating 101

    You know I am all about advocating for your role as a school counselor and I love giving you tips and advice on how to do so. We all know that a huge part of advocating for our program is showcasing how many students we are working with and how we are using our time to help these students. So today, I am talking about two things you can do that will help you advocate for your position and program.
     
     
     
     
    How can we free up some time to impact more students, keep track of all the students we are working with, and use this to advocate for our program? It may be simpler than you think! In this episode, I am sharing two things you can implement right away that will help you advocate for your role. I am talking about why you should be batching your communication and how to start doing this right away, what a counseling log is and how it’s used, and how implementing these two things will help you advocate for your program. 
     
     
     
     

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    Show Notes: https://brightfutures-counseling.com/podcast-episodes/advocate
     
     
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    Resources Mentioned:
     
     
     
    School Counseling Data Collection Spreadsheets - Caseload and Counseling Log: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/School-Counseling-Data-Collection-Spreadsheets-Caseload-and-Counseling-Log-7485732 
     
     
     
    Freebie: Stress Free Counseling Organization Toolkit: https://brightfutures-counseling.com/sfsc-freebie
     
     
     
     
    Episode 38 - How You Can Use a Counseling Log to Increase Your Impact and Advocate for Your Role: https://brightfutures-counseling.com/podcast-episodes/episode38 
     
     
     
     
    Episode 37 - How You Can Batch Communication to Increase Your Impact and Advocate for Your Role: https://brightfutures-counseling.com/podcast-episodes/episode37 
     
     
     
     
    Enroll in the Stress Free School Counseling Course: https://www.stressfreeschoolcounseling.com/enroll
     
     
     
     
    Join my school counselor membership IMPACT: https://www.stressfreeschoolcounseling.com/impact
     
     
     
     
     
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    Connect with Rachel:
     
     
    Shop: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Bright-Futures-Counseling
     
     
    Blog: https://brightfutures-counseling.com/
     
     
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brightfuturescounseling/
     
     
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2473191466030095
     
     
    If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please follow and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/school-counseling-simplified-podcast/id1534494971

    • 14 min
    How to Use Data to Advocate for Your Role

    How to Use Data to Advocate for Your Role

    One of the most effective ways for you to advocate for your role as a school counselor is to use data to showcase your impact. Many counselors get overwhelmed or nervous about data collection. I am here to tell you that it doesn’t need to be overwhelming! It is so powerful to have data to show your parents, teachers, and admin, and today,  I am sharing my favorite end of the year data report to help you advocate for your role.
     
     
     
    You may be wondering why I am talking about end of the year data reports in November but the tool I am talking about can be used throughout the year to showcase your work. I am so excited to help you create an amazing report that will WOW your admin, teachers, and parents. 
     
     
     
    In this episode, I am sharing why you should be using data collection and data reports, what my data report looks like section by section, tips for when you create your report, how this report helps you advocate for your position, and how you can use it throughout the year. If you’re looking for more information on what data to collect and how to collect it, grab the FREEBIE that’s filled with helpful data collection information!
     
     
     
     

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    Show Notes: https://brightfutures-counseling.com/podcast-episodes/data-to-advocate-for-role 
     
     
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    Resources Mentioned:
     
     
     
    Freebie: Stress Free Counseling Organization Toolkit: https://brightfutures-counseling.com/sfsc-freebie
     
     
     
    School Counseling EDITABLE End of the Year Report: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/School-Counseling-EDITABLE-End-of-the-Year-Report-3144878 
     
     
     
    Enroll in the Stress Free School Counseling Course: https://www.stressfreeschoolcounseling.com/enroll
     
     
     
    Join my school counselor membership IMPACT: https://www.stressfreeschoolcounseling.com/impact
     
     
     
     
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    Connect with Rachel:
     
     
    Shop: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Bright-Futures-Counseling
     
     
    Blog: https://brightfutures-counseling.com/
     
     
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brightfuturescounseling/
     
     
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2473191466030095
     
     
    If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please follow and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/school-counseling-simplified-podcast/id1534494971

    • 20 min
    How to Organize your Caseload so No Students Slip Through the Cracks

    How to Organize your Caseload so No Students Slip Through the Cracks

    Are you using paper organizers to keep track of your caseload? Or maybe you just don’t have an effective system for keeping track of all your tier II and tier III students? We’re continuing our series about areas to focus on to make a big impact in your counseling program. Today, we are covering organization and looking at one of my favorite organizational tools for keeping track of all the students on my caseload.
     
     
     
    We, as counselors, have so much on our plates and so many students to keep track of. It’s so important that we have a way to keep track of the students we are working with so that nothing and no one falls through the cracks. In this episode, I am sharing all about the spreadsheet I use to maximize my productivity. I am sharing what my spreadsheet covers, tips for effectively using a caseload spreadsheet, and how using a caseload spreadsheet helps you impact more students.
     
     
     

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    Show Notes: https://brightfutures-counseling.com/podcast-episodes/organize-your-caseload
     
     
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    Resources Mentioned:
     
     
     
    Freebie: Stress Free Counseling Organization Toolkit: https://brightfutures-counseling.com/sfsc-freebie 
     
     
     
    Counseling Caseload Spreadsheet: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/School-Counseling-Data-Collection-Spreadsheets-Caseload-and-Counseling-Log-7485732 
     
     
     
    Enroll in the Stress Free School Counseling Course: https://www.stressfreeschoolcounseling.com/enroll
     
     
     
    Join my school counselor membership IMPACT: https://www.stressfreeschoolcounseling.com/impact
     
     
     
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    Connect with Rachel:
     
     
    Shop: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Bright-Futures-Counseling
     
     
    Blog: https://brightfutures-counseling.com/
     
     
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brightfuturescounseling/
     
     
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2473191466030095
     
     
    If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please follow and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/school-counseling-simplified-podcast/id1534494971

    • 14 min
    How to Use a Crisis Response Team Protocol to Make your Schedule Less Stressful

    How to Use a Crisis Response Team Protocol to Make your Schedule Less Stressful

    Are you looking for tips on what to focus on in order to see big results in your counseling program? That’s what we are focussing on all month long! We are taking the next five weeks to look at key areas to focus on for a big impact in your program. Today, we are taking a look at how scheduling can help you get better results in your counseling program.
     
     
     
    You may hear scheduling and think I’m sharing a calendar or scheduling tool with you but, in this episode, we are talking about scheduling a crisis response team to help prevent you from being stretched too thin. I am covering the difference between a crisis response team and a crisis response protocol, ideas for who might be on a crisis response team, how to schedule who responds to a crisis, and how it helps both you and your students. 
     
     
     
    There are so many benefits to having a crisis response team and I truly believe it will be so helpful for you and your students! I’d love to hear who you are considering for your crisis response team so send me a DM on Instagram and let me know!
     

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    Show Notes: https://brightfutures-counseling.com/podcast-episodes/crisis-response-team
     
     
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    Resources Mentioned:
     
     
     
    Freebie: Stress Free Counseling Toolkit: https://brightfutures-counseling.com/sfsc-freebie 
     
     
     
    Enroll in the Stress Free School Counseling Course: https://www.stressfreeschoolcounseling.com/enroll 
     
     
     
    Join my school counselor membership IMPACT: https://www.stressfreeschoolcounseling.com/impact
     
     
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    Connect with Rachel:
     
     
    Shop: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Bright-Futures-Counseling
     
     
    Blog: https://brightfutures-counseling.com/
     
     
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brightfuturescounseling/
     
     
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2473191466030095
     
     
    If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please follow and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/school-counseling-simplified-podcast/id1534494971

    • 14 min
    Proactive Bullying Prevention: Teaching Self-Advocacy

    Proactive Bullying Prevention: Teaching Self-Advocacy

    We are wrapping up our series on pre-bullying prevention ideas with a topic that is a little closer to traditional bullying prevention topics. This episode is all about self-advocacy and the importance of students knowing how to stand up for themselves in school and beyond. 
     
     
    Self-advocacy is an important skill that often isn’t taught as much as it should be. These skills are used in every stage of life and effectively teaching them to our students will help them throughout their lives. Today we are talking about using scripts to teach self-advocacy skills, why self-esteem affirmations help build these skills, and the importance of teaching students to advocate for others. Unfortunately things are going to happen at school and in life where students will need these skills and it’s important we equip them to handle these situations.
     

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    Show Notes: https://brightfutures-counseling.com/podcast-episodes/self-advocacy

     
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    Resources Mentioned:
     
     
    Free Not So Scary Small Groups Video Series: https://www.stressfreeschoolcounseling.com/training 

     
     
    Bullying Prevention Editable Guidance Lesson: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/BULLYING-PREVENTION-Editable-Guidance-Lesson-Video-and-Activity-3143641 

     
     
    Bullying Prevention Classroom Guidance Lesson for Elementary School Counseling: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Bullying-Prevention-Classroom-Guidance-Lesson-for-Elementary-School-Counseling-8292067 

     
     
    Be an Upstander - Prevent Bullying: A NED Short: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeqQCyQOCPg 
     
     
    Join my school counselor membership IMPACT: https://www.stressfreeschoolcounseling.com/impact
     
     
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    Connect with Rachel:
     
     
    Shop: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Bright-Futures-Counseling
     
     
    Blog: https://brightfutures-counseling.com/
     
     
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brightfuturescounseling/
     
     
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2473191466030095
     
     
    If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please follow and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/school-counseling-simplified-podcast/id1534494971

    • 8 min
    Proactive Bullying Prevention: Friendship Skills

    Proactive Bullying Prevention: Friendship Skills

    Looking for a simple way to help prevent bullying in your school? Focus on friendship building! We are continuing to talk about bullying prevention by diving into how to promote friendship at your school.


    Knowing how to include others and build and maintain friendships is key to preventing bullying. Today, I am sharing easy to implement strategies you can use to promote friendship. I am sharing three ideas for promoting friendship at a schoolwide level, ideas for class lessons on friendship, activities for friendship small groups, and how to work on friendship in individual sessions.

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    Show Notes: https://brightfutures-counseling.com/podcast-episodes/friendship-skills

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    Resources Mentioned:


    Episode 113: Proactive Bullying Prevention: Conflict Resolution Strategies: https://brightfutures-counseling.com/podcast-episodes/conflict-resolution-strategies 
     

    Free Not So Scary Small Groups Video Series: https://www.stressfreeschoolcounseling.com/training 
     


    Friendship Counseling Group - Blooming Friendship Small Groups: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Friendship-Counseling-Group-Blooming-Friendships-Small-Group-3211157 
     


    FRIENDSHIP Guidance Lesson, Activity, and Video - Friendship Class Lesson: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FRIENDSHIP-Guidance-Lesson-Activity-and-Video-Friendship-Class-Lesson-3400566 
     


    Bullying Prevention Classroom Guidance Lesson for Elementary School Counseling: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Bullying-Prevention-Classroom-Guidance-Lesson-for-Elementary-School-Counseling-8292067 
     


    Friendship Classroom Guidance Lesson for Elementary School Counseling: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Friendship-Classroom-Guidance-Lesson-for-Elementary-School-Counseling-8115034 
     


    Join my school counselor membership IMPACT: https://www.stressfreeschoolcounseling.com/impact

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    Connect with Rachel:


    Shop: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Bright-Futures-Counseling
     


    Blog: https://brightfutures-counseling.com/
     


    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brightfuturescounseling/
     


    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2473191466030095

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    If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please follow and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/school-counseling-simplified-podcast/id1534494971

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

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83 Ratings

sammy-sammyfun ,

So helpful

This has helped me feel at ease on my school counseling journey. I often worry about being the best for my students and listening to audio recordings are really beneficial for me as a learner so I can translate that learning for my students.

allie maples ,

THE BEST!

I have loved listening to this podcast. It’s been incredibly beneficial for me as I prepare to become a school counselor. Not having a background in education made me doubt myself but after listening, I feel much more confident!

Annie Smekens ,

Love!!

LOVE LOVE LOVE! So many great tips and things you can implement asap!

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