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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.

    204. Getting a Plan for Your Class Lessons with Bradford Goodridge

    204. Getting a Plan for Your Class Lessons with Bradford Goodridge

    In Today's episode I chat with Bradford Goodridge,an elementary school counselor in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
    He discusses his approach to comprehensive school counseling lessons, including his "paws" program that aligns with his school's lion mascot. He shares tips for creating lessons from scratch, integrating school values, and supporting students through self-referral groups.
    Some topics covered in this episode are:
    Bradford's background in education and his transition to becoming an elementary school counselor. The "paws" program he developed to provide structured, instructional lessons for students to share their thoughts and feelings.
    His process for creating school counseling lessons from scratch, incorporating mandated topics and aligning with his school's core values.
    How he pitches and manages self-referral student groups, using kid-friendly terminology to engage students. 
    The importance of being a visible, supportive resource for both students and parents, and the challenges he faced in a previous disciplinarian role.
    Resources mentioned:
    Join my school counselor membership IMPACT here!
    If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please follow and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!
    Connect with Rachel:
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    Connect with Bradford: 
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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.
    You can listen to School Counseling Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more!
     

    • 21 min
    203. Lean Into Change and Embrace Equity with Jocelynn Hubbard

    203. Lean Into Change and Embrace Equity with Jocelynn Hubbard

    In this episode, Jocelyn Hubbard shares strategies for creating equitable learning spaces for students. Jocelyn discusses the importance of defining equity, getting to know students beyond surface-level information, and co-creating learning experiences with students.
    Jocelynn Hubbard helps teachers spark joy during the learning experience by creating an inclusive and welcoming classroom environment for ALL their students. She is the founder and managing director of Custom Teaching Solutions, LLC and host of The Culture-Centered Classroom podcast.
    She has 16+ years of experience in education as an educator, speaker, professional development creator and facilitator. Driven by a passion to see the diverse people of our world feel welcomed, affirmed, and celebrated, she provides training on becoming and remaining culturally competent. As a wife and mother of five, her goals include squeezing in time for exercise, finding moments of joy each day, and parenting each of her children as unique individuals.

    Some Highlights covered:
     
    How to Define equity for your counseling space and share it with stakeholders
    Going beyond surface-level information to understand students' goals, characteristics, and future aspirations
    Using the "Student Data Dive" form to gather insights on students' preferences, behaviors, and communication styles
    Leveraging the arts (music, art, etc.) to connect with younger students or those with diverse learning needs
    Embracing your power and agency as a counselor to inspire parents and educators to support students' social-emotional needs
     
    Tune into the whole episode and let us know what you think! 


    Resources mentioned:
    Join my school counselor membership IMPACT here!
    If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please follow and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!
    Connect with Rachel:
    TpT Store
    Blog
    Instagram
    Facebook Page
    Facebook Group
    Pinterest 
    Youtube
    Connect with Jocelynn: 
    Instagram  Website  Grab The Checklist  More About School Counseling Simplified:
    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.
    You can listen to School Counseling Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more!
     

    • 32 min
    202. A Schoolwide Approach to SEL with Lindsey Jannaman

    202. A Schoolwide Approach to SEL with Lindsey Jannaman

    In this episode I welcome Lindsay Jannaman, Director of SEL Content at Quaver Ed, discussing strategies for embedding social-emotional learning school-wide with the support of teachers, parents, and administrators.
    Lindsey has 12 years of experience as a school counselor and teaching vocal/general music at the elementary and middle school levels. Lindsey has been with QuaverEd for 6 years and has been foundational in the development and writing of QuaverReady’s elementary school program.
    Lindsey holds a B.M. in Vocal/General Music Education, M.Ed. in Professional School Counseling, and her Ed.S. in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Mental Health in Schools and Multicultural Education. Lindsey has focused her work as a school counselor on equipping students with appropriate coping skills and strategies to navigate varied emotions, teaching and modeling appropriate social skills, and preparing students to become kind and contributing citizens of their homes, schools, and communities.
     
    Some topics covered in this episode are:
    Lindsay's transition from music teacher to school counselor to her current role developing SEL curriculum
    Ideas for embedding SEL into daily interactions like passing out papers or group time
    The importance of modeling inclusive behaviors and emotional intelligence
    Strategies for "outsourcing" SEL lessons to teachers and reinforcing concepts at home
    Creating buy-in for comprehensive SEL implementation through newsletters, calendars, and community involvement
     
    Listen in and tell me what you think!
     
    Resources mentioned:
    Try QuaverEd Join my school counselor membership IMPACT here!
    If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please follow and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!
    Connect with Rachel:
    TpT Store
    Blog
    Instagram
    Facebook Page
    Facebook Group
    Pinterest 
    Youtube
     
    More About School Counseling Simplified:
    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.
    You can listen to School Counseling Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more!
     
     

    • 26 min
    201. Using Play Therapy in School Counseling with Patti Sutherland

    201. Using Play Therapy in School Counseling with Patti Sutherland

    In today's episode, I chat with Patti Sutherland and discuss the benefits of incorporating play therapy in school counseling programs, emphasizing its accessibility and effectiveness in addressing trauma and loss in children.
    Patti has a Masters in Social Work and has been a social worker for over 30 years. She has worked with children in women's shelter's, family violence programs, schools and spent 12 years in private practice.
    She is a Certified Play therapist with The Canadian Association of Play Therapy. She enjoys providing training for educators in the area of developmental trauma in the classroom and is currently a school social worker in the Winnipeg School Division in Winnipeg, Canada.
    About a year ago Patti decided she would try her hand at creating resources for school counselors and opened a TPT shop. A major learning curve, but an exciting new adventure.


    Some highlights from this episode are:
     How to incorporate play therapy into individual, small group, and whole-class sessions. Using Collage-making and cooperative games for easy play therapy implementation. How to use genogram miniatures to help students make unconscious conclusions about their families a Sneak Peak at Patti's session at the IMPACT Summer Summit  
    Listen in for the whole inside scoop!
     
    Resources mentioned:
    IMPACT Summer Summit
    Join my school counselor membership IMPACT here!
    If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please follow and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!
    Connect with Rachel:
    TpT Store
    Blog
    Instagram
    Facebook Page
    Facebook Group
    Pinterest 
    Youtube
    Connect with Patti:
    TpT Store
    More About School Counseling Simplified:
    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.
    You can listen to School Counseling Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more!

    • 25 min
    200. Executive Functioning Strategies for School Counselors with Sarah Lovell

    200. Executive Functioning Strategies for School Counselors with Sarah Lovell

    In today's episode I am chatting with Executive Function and ADHD coach Sarah Lovell about practical strategies school counselors can use to improve their own executive functioning skills and help students. 
    Sarah Lovell (she/her) is an executive function & ADHD coach for ambitious professionals, college students, creatives, and perfectionists. With a background as a Master’s level social worker, Sarah believes self-care & self-talk are the foundation of everything we do (including executive functioning!).
    She’s spent 10 years helping clients overcome procrastination, burnout, time blindness, and overwhelm. She loves helping clients notice their self-talk, shift their mindset, and build a toolbox of realistic strategies through 1:1 coaching and her membership, The Stuck to Started Society.
    When Sarah isn't working, she's taking her rescue pitbull Georgia on a trail hike, paddle boarding, or snuggling up with a good book.

    Some highlights from this episode are:
    The importance of addressing negative self-talk around executive functioning challenges. Using an organized external system to manage tasks and thoughts to avoid mental overload. Distinguishing between procrastination and being "stuck" when facing tasks. Separating planning from taking action to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Time management strategies that will be covered in Sarah's Summer Summit session, including intuitive scheduling and prioritizing questions.

    Tune in and let me know what you think! 


    Resources mentioned:
    IMPACT Summer Summit
    Join my school counselor membership IMPACT here!
    If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please follow and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!
    Connect with Rachel:
    TpT Store
    Blog
    Instagram
    Facebook Page
    Facebook Group
    Pinterest 
    Youtube
     
    Connect with Sarah:
    Instagram  Website

    More About School Counseling Simplified:
    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.
    You can listen to School Counseling Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more!
     
     

    • 34 min
    199. Supporting Students in a Crisis with Joyce Harduvel

    199. Supporting Students in a Crisis with Joyce Harduvel

    In Today's episode I am welcoming back Joyce Harduvel, (who will also be at this year's IMPACT Summer Summit), to give her insight on supporting students in Crisis.
    Joyce is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified school social work specialist. After seven years in the field of school social work working with students from preschool to high school, she is pivoting to provide school-based clinicians with the resources, community, and training that they need to support their students. Recognizing that most of what she used on a daily basis as a school social worker she had to learn through experience and create herself, Joyce is committed to sharing her expertise to make the lives of school-based clinicians easier so that they can focus on the important part: the students!
    Listen In for some of these highlights!: 


    The importance of acknowledging how schools can contribute to student trauma through both major incidents and more subtle interactions.
    Recommendations for establishing crisis response protocols and teams to avoid one counselor being overwhelmed.
    Examples of concrete tools like flowcharts counselors can use to map out contingency plans for different crisis situations.
    A Preview of Joyce's IMPACT Summer Summit session covering her "secret sauce" for comprehensive crisis response strategies. Joyce's venture back into school and her plans to focus on special education law to better advocate for students' rights.

    It's truly a do not miss! Listen in now!
    Resources mentioned:
    IMPACT Summer Summit
    Join my school counselor membership IMPACT here!
    If you are enjoying School Counseling Simplified please follow and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!
    Connect with Rachel:
    TpT Store
    Blog
    Instagram
    Facebook Page
    Facebook Group
    Pinterest
    Youtube
    Connect with Joyce: 
    http://www.joyce-lcsw.com/
     
    More About School Counseling Simplified:
    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.
    You can listen to School Counseling Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more!
     

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

MamaOfOneCuteBoy ,

Great resource for school counselors

This podcast is an amazing resource for school counselors! The episodes are quick and give easy to implement strategies to help you right away. Highly recommend!

Lauren Tingle ,

Love this pod!!

Rachel is a wealth of knowledge in the school counseling world! Her podcast episodes are practical and to-the-point- you can take action right away which is soo nice! Thank you for the contribution you make everyday to the school counselor space!

Counselor Warrior ,

Fabulous!

I love your podcasts and resources! I love, especially how you educate and talk about things in a way we can understand. You are making my summer better with all of your resources and perspectives! You’re a fabulous human!

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