Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Genovese Effect: How Bystanders Impact Bullying

Sunday, September 28, 2014




October is National Bullying Prevention month and many schools will participate by putting up signs with catchy slogans and asking students to sign pledges.  However if schools really want to make a difference in bullying prevention, they should educate students on how bullies are given power by their audience.  This power is called the Bystander Effect.

According to Psychology Today, the Bystander Effect is "when the presence of others hinders an individual from intervening in an emergency situation."

The Bystander Effect
 
The Bystander Effect

This term was coin by psychologists in the mid-1960s after the infamous rape and murder of Kitty Genovese in New York City.  Genovese was raped and stabbed for over 30 minutes outside of her apartment while a crowd of people observed from a distance.  In addition to watching the stabbing, the bystanders did not call for help or intervene.   Another similar incident occurred in 1983 when several men raped a woman on a pool table in a bar in front of several witnesses (this incident was portrayed in the movie "The Accused" starring Jodie Foster).

Kitty Genovese
 
 
      The Bystander or Genovese Effect



Other Notorious Cases of the Bystander Effect

Shanda Sharer

On January 10th and 11th, 1992, 12 year old Shanda Sharer was tortured by four teenagers.  The reason for the abduction was in retaliation for Sharer "stealing" one of the teen's girlfriend. Two of the teens were very excited about planning the murder, but the other two were disgusted by the plan.  Although two of the teens did not want to participate in the murder, they did not tell anyone or call the police until the day after the murder.  During the abduction, Sharer's throat was cut with a dull knife, she was repeatedly beaten, strangled, stabbed, and left in one of the teen's car.  When the teen's realized she was alive, two of the ringleaders decided to take her out to the woods and burn her alive.

Ilan Halami

Ilan was a French Jew who was kidnapped by a group of Moroccans in 2006.  For two weeks the kidnappers brutally tortured him in a apartment complex where many of their family members lived.  In fact, many of the family members watched, but never called the police.  Halami was finally rescued, but died on the way to the hospital.

The Richmond High School Incident

On October 27, 2009, a 15 year old female was repeatedly beaten and raped by 10 men at a school dance while 10 of their friends stood around taking videos and photos.  Although school officials were close by (even the assistant principal was in an office across from the incident) no one was notified.  The girl was found later as students were leaving the dance.


The Bystander Effect



Reasons for the Bystander or Genovese Effect 

There are several reasons that students fail to intervene in bullying situations.
  • Psychologists believe there is a diffusion of responsibility among a crowd of students (students are more likely to intervene when there are only a few present).
  • Students may be unaware that a classmate needs assistance.  The failure to recognize the need for help is called pluralistic ignorance or where we look at others reactions to gauge our own response. So, if others are acting like there is an emergency then we may also react as if there is an emergency. However, if other students are acting calm in a situation then we may remain inactive.
Here is pluralistic ignorance in action. You do not understand a math equation so you look around to see if others look confused.  If you perceive that the other students understand the equation, you may decide not to ask a question. Now, let's take pluralistic ignorance to the next level.  Let's say you are a student at the lunch table and students are walking by and squirting ketchup in a girl's hair without her knowledge.  You look around the lunchroom and see people giggling and taking videos of the girl. Since no one is acting like it is a tragedy, you  may assume that is okay because "everyone" is acting the same.
Now that we know some of the reasons for students not to act in emergency or bullying situations, we can educate students about the phenomenon of the Bystander Effect.

1.  If students find themselves in a situation in which they are not sure if it is an emergency or not, instruct them to go with their gut feeling and don't look at others.  They may only be embarrassed for a moment, but they will have helped out a peer.
2.  If a student finds himself or herself as a target or victim of a situation, one should make it clear to those around that he or she is in trouble.
3.  Make students aware that if there is a crowd of people around then it is less likely someone will assist them in a bullying situation.  However, if a student finds himself or herself in bad situation, he or she can use this technique.  Look around the crowd and find someone who he or she can look into the eye and ask for help. By pleading with that one person, the student puts the responsibility of refusal or acceptance on that one person which increases the odds for help.
 

Educating Students
 
While "do not bully" posters adorn our halls, specific instructions on how students can intervene is not common in our schools. Students need specific steps on how to report bullying in schools, what words to say, and who to talk to about bullying situations. One model for bystanders is the situational model of helping.
 
 
Situational Model of Helping

This model of helping others was created by psychologists John Darley and Bill Latane.  The model contains five steps that can be taught to students to help their peers.
 
1.  Notice the situation
Students are often distracted in crowded environments (hallways, cafeteria, gym, classroom, etc.).  Students, for their own sake and the sake of others, should always be aware of their surroundings.

2. Interpret the situation
Students need to know the signs of bullying to be able to access danger.  Let's go back to the situation in the lunchroom.  Students need to be aware of what constitutes bullying behavior by adults. This can be done by providing students with appropriate definitions of bullying, giving them examples from the news, and showing them everyday examples in your school. Make sure that students know that they cannot look to other students for cues.

3.  Take responsibility
Students cannot always count on others to step up to help their fellow classmates ("teachers or the administration should do something").

4.  Choose an action
The biggest obstacle here is uncertainty of what to do when we are in tough situations. Just as we teach students what to do in a fire or tornado drill, we need to teach students what to do when they see potentially dangerous situations in schools.

Some actions can include:
  • Getting help from an adult.
  • Telling the person doing the harmful action to stop.
  • Intervening by removing the person from the situation.
5. Take action
Students tend not to intervene due to the fact that they do not want to look foolish or don't want to violate a social norm (we don't want our friends to get in trouble).  This phenomenon is known as audience inhibition and has to be overcome by students.  In addition, it is easier to intervene when it is someone you care about rather than a stranger.  Students need to be empathic and be able to put themselves in that person's shoes.

Reducing Dangers of College Partying
Why Kids Choose Not to Intervene in Bullying Situations

Teaching Kids Upstander Behavior

The Secret Service reported that bystander behavior is important for preventing danger. Out of 37 fatal shootings since 1975, 300 people knew about the planned attack and choose not to report the perpetrator. In essence, the power to stop an attack or to let it happen comes from the audience.

Upstander Behavior
Beating the Bystander Response

Bystander behavior has a similar impact on the climate of a school. When students refuse to take responsibility for the behaviors in their schools, students feel unsafe and vulnerable.  However, when students stand up for students who are in a dangerous situation, it can make a big difference for the bullied student.  See the video below about the difference one person made for a special needs student who was bullied by others.


What is a Upstander

A upstander is someone who recognizes wrong and makes a decision to make it right.  There are many ways students can be upstanders:

1.  Help others who are being bullied by choosing to help.  Some ways we can help others is to go to them and listen, go with them to tell an adult, sit with them if they are upset.
2.  Stop rumors and gossip.
3.  Get your friends involved by encouraging them to be an upstander.
4.  Make friends outside your circle by eating lunch with someone who sits alone or showing support to someone who is upset.
5.  Know about your school's bullying policy and what to do if you witness bullying.
6.  If someone is new at school, make an effort to get to know them and make them feel accepted.
7.  Refuse to go along with others who make fun of others.
8.  Respect others' differences by developing empathy or respect for others.
9.  Join or create an upstander alliance.
10. Say something!  Here is a list of upstander one liners.

Upstander Strategies.
Upstander Video Resources
Upstander Toolkit

Upstander Campaigns
 
Choose to participate in Upstander Campaigns during the month of October to get out the message!!

Stomp Out Bullying Day-October 6th
 
 

Unity Day-October 22nd



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Lifetime Movies: A Great Counseling Tool

Sunday, September 21, 2014























My name is Cindy and I am a Lifetime Movie watcher. 

In my opinion, there is nothing better on a cold rainy Saturday than watching a Lifetime movie.  In fact as I am writing this post, I am watching a Lifetime movie called "The Assault". 
The movie highlights the sexual assault of a cheerleader by a star football player which sounds reminiscent of another sexual assault that was in the news about an Ohio football team.

Often we joke that Lifetime movies are really the reflection of our own lives on screen.  Some movies are over the top, but often there are some great takeaways from each movie that can be used in classroom or group guidance.  In fact every October, I use the movie "Odd Girl Out" to cover the topics of bullying and conflict resolution styles. 

Below, I have raided the Lifetime teen movie vault and posted several other films that a school counselor can use to prompt discussions about social issues like dating violence, eating disorders, and homelessness. In addition, I have attached several teen discussion guides to use with the films. 
 
Lifetime Movies

Girl Fight
Film about girl teen violence and bullying.

Reviving Ophelia
Become familiar with the signs of dating violence and its impact on teens and families.

Starving in Suburbia
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. This film takes a look at the pro-thin culture.

The Choking Game
Know the signs of the choking game and how to prevent unnecessary deaths.

She's Too Young
A syphilis outbreak hits a high school and the sexual activities of teens are exposed.

From Homeless to Harvard
The story of a homeless girl who made it to Harvard.

The Assault
A sexual assault on a cheerleader by the star football player shows the ugly side of teen life.

The Boy She Met Online
Exposes the dangers of online relationships.

Walking the Halls
A high school prostitution ring is led by the campus police.

Odd Girl Out
This film exposes girl bullying in the cyber world.


Is there a movie that you use in your classroom or group guidance? Please feel free to share!











Saturday, September 20, 2014

Community Service: The Ultimate Guide for School Counselors

Saturday, September 20, 2014




Each September I meet with my senior students about their post-secondary plans.  Before our individual  meetings, I visited the senior classrooms to go over their expectations for our time together. One of my seniors, along with his family, came to their meeting with their completed to do list. The student had chosen his 3-5 schools to visit, he had applied for the NCAA Clearinghouse, the student had taken the SAT and ACT twice, and the family was planning to attend one of our local college PROBE fairs.  As we were talking, the conversation eventually turned to community service. At this point, the student had never been active in clubs or community service so the subject never gained much attention in our conferences.  However in this meeting, the student pulled out a list of clubs of interest and told me that his goal was to get into as many clubs as possible.  In addition to joining clubs, the parents wanted to know what community service projects were possible to bring in scholarship opportunities.  I told the student and his family that it would be difficult to fulfill four years of club participation and service in one year.  However, the student protested that he could still join several clubs, complete 600 hours of community service, and compete in sports sucessful...ummmm, I don't think so!

Community Service and College Attendance

Do Something.org conducts a survey of colleges on community service and college admissions.  In their results, they found that admissions representatives preferred that students be consistently involved a few causes rather than a wide variety.  Also, college representatives felt strongly that social change is not just something to mention on your application; however, they want to see your passion and how you contributed to that change through your service.  Unfortunately, this is something that few students address during their school career or school counselors fail to educate their students about in high school.

Community Service and Steps to College

As a counselor, it is our role to educate students and their parents about how community service can impact college admissions and scholarship opportunities.  Often our students are so busy, that they cannot find the space in their schedule to fit in one more activity.  While meeting with students, find out about their activities and passions and help them create or seek out community service opportunities.  Here are some ideas for students:

1.  For business savvy students, have them think about creating a non-profit.
2.  For students that are talented or athletic, have them consider teaching others.  For instance, have a student think about giving free lessons on the guitar.
3.  For creative students, have them create a kit for students who may be homeless, taking finals, new to the school, etc.
4.  For students who attend church, synagogue, or mosque, have them consider working in the nursery or with vacation bible school.
5.  For entrepreneurial students, have them consider organizing a fundraiser for a charity like Relay for Life or the Red Cross.
6.  For socially conscience students, give them information about serving in local food banks or soup kitchens.
7. For environmentally conscience students, suggest that they create or organize an event like a recycling drive, a park cleanup, or a campus cleanup.
8.  For patriotic students, suggest they organize and send care packages or thank you notes to soldier.
9.  For students with free summers, give them information about summer camps and how they can serve as a lifeguard, a camp counselor, or volunteer.
10. For artist students, show them they can use their skills as a face painter at a fall carnival.
11. For students interested in the medical field, suggest they volunteer at a hospital or nursing home.
12. For politically minded students, have them consider volunteering for a political candidate.
13. For academic minded students, arrange for them to tutor struggling students.  One way to do this is to create a peer tutoring program at your school. 

Peer Tutor Training
Peer Tutoring-Putting Together the Pieces
Launching and Monitoring Your Peer Tutoring Program
Peer Tutors Behaviors
Use of Praise by Tutors
Building Reading Fluency
Peer Tutor Graduation
Kids as Reading Helpers

How to Set Up a Successful Peer Tutoring Program

Toolkits to Set Up Community Service

Service Learning Toolkit

Community Service Ideas
 
Student Service Learning Manual
 
Service Learning Handbook
 
Youth Changing the World: Service Project Toolkit

Semester of Service

Community Service Tipsheet

Getting the Word Out

What Comes Next: Making Your Project Bigger and Better

Making Your Project Happen

Service Day Kits

Preparing for Service Webinars

Community Service and Summer Programs Across the US

Community Service Through Peer Helping

 Training and Webinars

Go Lead Institute and Training
Became a facilitator for community service in your school.

Generation On Webinar
Guiding students to become engaged community service learning-learning 21st century skills.

Service Learning Webinar


Community Service Ideas

50 Community Service Ideas for Teens

365 Community Service Ideas

5 Outside the Box Fundraisers

Generation On Livebinder
Resources for educators and students for community service.

How to Start a Peer Mentoring Program
Support materials from Do Something.com

Peer Mentoring Matching Form from Wayland HS

Link Crew Training Outline
Freshmen Transition Program







Service Organizations and Events

Youth In the Driver's Seat

Do Something Campaigns and Projects

Website with lots of ideas for hosting events, projects, campaigns.  Students can even apply for scholarships.







Global Youth Service Day
Each April, join or create a youth service project.

Random Acts of Kindness-High School Ideas
February is the month for kind acts.

National Day of Service and Remembrance
September 11th

MLK National Day of Service
January 20th











Peer Assisted Leadership Skills
The mission of the PAL® Peer Assistance and Leadership program is to enable young people to use their potential to make a difference in their lives, schools and communities.

Celebrate My Drive



Celebrate My Drive® encourages teens to make positive choices as they begin driving. The 100 high schools with the most commitments will be awarded a total of $3.25 million* in grants:
  • 2 schools receive a $100,000 grant and a Grand Prize Concert by a chart-topping musical artist
  • 8 schools get a $100,000 grant
  • 90 schools get a $25,000 grant

National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 15-24, 2014

Kohl's Cares Scholarship
Kohl awards up to $10,000 for a national winners who share excellence in volunteerism.

National Service Learning

The Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award recognizes service-learning programs and projects that demonstrate outstanding youth leadership. This award focuses on projects that show a high level of youth initiative in all areas including identifying an authentic need, planning the service, and putting that plan into action. Teams of young people participating in service-learning projects can apply.

Habitat for Humanity

National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that helps more than 5 million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service.

Setting Up a Red Cross Youth Club Toolkit

Interact Club
Part of Rotary International which carries out two service learning projects per year.

Key Club
A service learning club that is an extension of the Kiwanis Club.

Setting Up a Students Against Destructive Decisions Club

Students Against Violence Everywhere

Establishing a Teens in the Driver's Seat Chapter

Pacer's Teens Against Bullying Action Kit













Stomp Out Bullying Campaign

October 6th

Day of Pink
Stand up against bullying on April 8th
 
Youth Court
 
Boys and Girls Club
 
Community Service Projects

Notes from Shawn-Ends Oct. 10th
Give positive notes to stranger to boost strangers' self esteem.

I Beat Bullying
Opportunity Ends Oct. 30th for sharing how you overcame bullying.

Host a Senior Social
Host a social to ease transition into your school.

Teens Against Suicide

Make a Birthday Card for a Child Experiencing Homelessness-$10,000 scholarship

Mind My Money
$7,500 scholarship for conducting financial workshops for younger students.

Operation Gratitude
Students are able to make and send care packages to soldiers.

Unicef Trick or Treat
Have students collect money for impoverished children.

Under the Tree
Collect gifts for teens for the holidays.

Project Heal
Raise money for teens who need treatment for an eating disorder.

Create the Good
Create your own community service projects.


Please feel free to share your ideas about community service and service learning








Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Safe Homecoming: Implementing Safe Driving Awareness Campaigns for Homecoming

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

With homecoming right around the corner, what better time to "drive" home the importance of distracted and impaired driving safety for high school students and parents. 

There are several programs sponsored by major US companies and agencies that are making a difference in educating parents and teens about the dangers of distracted driving during homecoming season. As a school counselor, think about sharing these campaigns with your clubs, organizations, homecoming committee, peer helper groups, or community service groups to get the word out that everyone is impacted by distracted and impaired driving.

Distracted Driving Campaigns

September 19th - It Can Wait Campaign


Get tools from AT&T to educate your students, parents, and staff about distracted driving.  Also, have your students and staff take the It Can Wait Pledge.

Our student helpers have a big campaign planned for that day!!
  • They will paint the sidewalks, streets, and parking lots with the #X to let student and parents know they should put up the phone while driving.
  • They will create and wear shirts with the #X symbol.
  • They will encourage students, teachers, and parents to download the free app that will send out a message that they are unavailable to talk because they are driving. 
  • They will encourage everyone to take the "It Can Wait" pledge.
  • They will put up the #X symbol all over the school.
October 15th-24th - Celebrate My Drive



Sponsored by State Farm, schools are encouraged to register and get as many people to vote for their school to win recognition and prizes.  Lots of great ideas on this site for staff and students. 

1st Place - School wins a concert with the Band Perry and $100,000!

Other Resources:

Teens in the Driver's Seat - a peer to peer led program that promotes driving safety for students.  Their program is free in many states (California, Connecticut, Georgia, Montana, Nebraska, and Texas) where educators can order t-shirts, pens, bumper stickers, arm bands, and thumb bands.  Each year, Teens in the Driver's Seat hosts a conference in Texas.  Check out their website for lots of information and ideas!



National Safety Council - provides statistics, resources, and products for educators to teach students about safe driving practices. Each year the NSC awards a individual or organization that has made significant contributions to reducing crashes, injuries, and deaths among teen drivers.





Do you have a program you would like to share with your colleagues about distracted driving?  If so, please feel free to send them to me so I can share!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Undercover School Counselor: An Academic Intervention Mission

Sunday, September 14, 2014


A part of my job that I do not enjoy is schedule changes.  Normally after five days, all schedule changes are complete and I can move on to the other things like classroom guidance or meeting with my seniors.  However, this year the requests for schedule changes continued from students and parents even after the deadline. Finally, I told parents that they would need to speak to my principal as I could not take any more changes.  To my surprise, the requests did not stop and continued to accelerate from parents and students; therefore, my colleagues and I became concerned about why these requests were occurring. 
I hate them!!!
 
After three weeks of continuous requests, one of my colleagues and I started to interview the students and parents who were asking for changes. From the results, we found there were three classes students were asking to exit and the reasons were all similar.  I will not mention the courses, but I thought the reasons for the desired exodus was pretty significant. 

Five main reasons for student schedule changes:

1.  The class environment was too disruptive for learning (in fact one parent told my colleague that the students "acted like animals").
2.  Students were not learning because the teacher went over the material too fast.
3.  Students were allowed to wear their headphones and text on phones which caused a lot of distractions (phones were passed around and causing arguments).
4.  Students were allowed to walk around the room and disturb others.
5.  Teachers were not willing to answer questions because they felt the students did not care.
 
 
From all the complaints and concerns, my colleagues and I decided that we needed to go into the field and investigate the situation so we could make a report to our administration. 
 
Going Undercover
 
The day before we decided to go into the field, three of us got together and came up with a game plan of how we would scope out the classroom.  Here was the plan:
  • We would go in 30 minutes after the class started (classes are 90 minutes).
  • After we got into the classroom, each of us would sit at different sides so we can watch what happens throughout the room.
  • While visiting the room, we would asks students questions like "What is the classroom like when we are not here?"; "What is the most disruptive side of the room?"; "What would you like to change about this class if you could change anything?".
  • If we found that there were certain student causing more disruptions than others, we would take them out of the room and do an immediate academic intervention.
The plan was complete and we even named our undercover operation: "The Power of Three"!
 
 
Intervention Day
 
Have you ever watched the A&E show Intervention?  This is the show where someone is hurting himself or herself and friends and family step in to confront the behavior.  In essence, this is what we decided to do for our students...save them from themselves! 
 
Intervention Day arrived and we hit the first class.  We were not even in the class for 15 minutes when students started to get comfortable.  Phones came out, students asked to go to the bathroom and were out for 20 minutes, drinks were passed around, students feel asleep, and students began to talk across the room.  It did not take us long to determine who the students were that were causing the most disruptions.  By the end of the class, seven students were called out and we counseled them as a group and individually.  In fact, one student was so disruptive that s/he was told to come see the graduation coach to help with his/her behavior. 
 
The next day we went into another class and some of the same students were in that room as well.  From our visits we determined that it was a certain grade that was demonstrating these behaviors and the students lacked certain important skills (failure to learn vocabulary words, failure to take notes, excessive talking, conflict skills, and lack of attention).  The three of us believe that the majority of students from this class were lacking the necessary skills for school success that must be addressed by our department.
 
In addition to our analysis of the students, we also determined that the teachers also had a HUGE part to play in this situation.  Following the classroom visit, I wrote up our suggestions for the teachers. 
 
Here is the email I sent sans names:
 
Student went to drink machine and therefore our suggestion is to limit or eliminate his passes to the bathroom.  Also, he needs to be moved to another seat preferably close to the front and with students who can help him understand content.

Student understands content so our suggestion to move her with students who are quiet and do not understand so she can serve as a peer tutor.  My suggestion is by this student.

 This student did not take notes and was distracted all period.  He needs to be moved away from these two students.  Our suggestion is to move him to the front right hand side by your desk moving one of those girls in the middle.  There are too many boys who are distracted and are too immature to be together.

 Another student that is distracted and probably lost because he was suspended for two weeks.  Our suggestion is to move him to the front where the study hall student is sitting and put the study hall student in the back.  Better yet, I am moving the study hall student to another study hall.

Move this student to the front.  When she walks out please do not call the office, instead write a referral and turn it in to the administration and let the counselor know that you submitted a referral.

This student needs to be moved to sit with the kids on the left hand side.

Please enforce the no eating or drinking, no music, or no bathroom breaks.

We will be back tomorrow to assist with this transition.
 
This week the "Power of Three" will be back in the classroom as the department heads have heard about our mission.  They want us to go into the classroom because they feel we are non-threatening to the teachers and they believe we can really find out what is going on in each class. 
 
Benefits of Student Academic Interventions
 
In his research, Marzano found that teachers' actions in their classrooms have twice the impact on student achievement as curriculum, testing, or staff relationships. One of the roles of school counselors can be to work with teachers to enhance their abilities to reduce classroom disruptions and manage behaviors. Classroom observations of student behavior and classroom management can be proactive and preventative in nature, working to ensure that students learn in a safe and supportive environment.  However, school counselors should be cautious not to get involved in assigning discipline or correcting teachers by acting as their superior. 
 
ASCA Position on the School counselor and Discipline

School Counselor and Student Behavior in the Classroom

According to ASCA, the school counselor has a role in promoting appropriate student behavior and preventing disruptive student behavior.  The professional school counselor serves as a resource for teachers by helping to create positive student behavior and impacting the school environment.  There are several ways school counselors can be effective in promoting change in their school. Here are some of the methods ASCA recommends:
  1. Lead individual and small group counseling sessions that encourages students to accept responsibility and make positive behavioral choices.
  2. Design and implement positive behavior support plans.
  3. Serve as a mediator for student conflicts.
  4. Coordinate and facilitate programs that facilitate positive behavior like mentoring, peer helping, and conflict resolution.
  5. Provide staff development on classroom management.
  6. Advocate for positive and equitable discipline practices.
Interested in seeing what really happens in the classroom?  Consider stepping out of the office and observing your students in their environment.  It was very eye opening to me! 

Resources

Below I have provided some information on PBIS and teacher referral forms to the school counselor.
 
School Counselor and PBIS

School Counseling Referral Forms

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September School Counseling Chats-#SCCHAT and #HSCCHAT

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Did you miss the September #SCCHAT and/or the #HSCCHAT? 
Don't worry!  You can view the transcripts here courtesy of Danielle Schultz (The School Counselor Blog) and Admittedly!!

#HSCCHAT (Every 2nd Monday of the month @ 8:30 EST)


Want to know more about helping students to apply to college?  Check out this chat with lots of ideas from high school counselors from around the US.  Some topics include: financial aid nights, The Common Application, special events, recommendation letters, and lots more.  The Applying to College Chat was hosted by Amber Shepherd and Admittedly.

#SCCHAT (First Tuesday of the month @ 8:00 EST)


Hosted by Dylan Hackbarth, a school counselor from Washington DC, school counselors shared their ideas about writing SMART goals and some of their favorite resources for assisting in goal writing (can you say data?).

Don't miss October's chats!! 
 
Follow them on twitter!
 
 
 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

65 School Counseling Conferences Across America

Sunday, September 7, 2014


Thinking about attending your state's school counseling conference this school year?  Never fear, I have listed all 50 state school counseling conference sites for you to visit.  Also, I have added some additional conferences that may interest you as well.  If you have other conferences you attend, please let me know so that I can add them to next year's list.

50 School Counseling Conferences

Alabama
Alaska
Arkansas
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
 

Additional Conferences

American Counseling Association Conference
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Conference
American School Counselor's Association Conference


Association for Conflict Resolution Youth Day Conference
National Conference on Bullying Conference
National Conference on Girl Bullying Conference
National Drop Out Prevention Conference
National Organizations for Youth Safety Conference
National Peer Helper Conference
National School Safety Conference
National Youth At-Risk Conference
Peer Assistance and Leadership Conference
Students Against Destructive Decisions Conference
Teens in the Drivers Seat Summit
Wired Differently National Conference