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In my heart review and companion activities
Apr 17

In My Heart: Feelings Activities

By Laura Driscoll | Group Counseling , Individual Counseling , Social Emotional Skills

Identifying feelings and understanding feelings is an essential social-emotional skill. This is always where I would start in counseling and where most social-emotional curriculums begin. If a student can’t identify how they feel, it’s awfully hard to manage those feelings.  While we don’t have a shortage of feelings activities or books on feelings, I think In […]

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Mar 31

CBT Activities for Kids: How to Explain Thoughts and Feelings

By Laura Driscoll | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy , Individual Counseling

I’m often asked how to incorporate CBT activities (cognitive behavioral therapy) in school counseling and if it’s really a fit for school counselors. Are school counselors even allowed to use CBT? 100% yes. CBT activities use a short-term evidence-based approach. It’s a match made in heaven. Well, where do I even start? You start with showing students […]

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feelings thermometers in counseling
Mar 05

A Feelings Thermometer is the Ultimate Counseling Tool

By Laura Driscoll | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy , Individual Counseling

Feelings thermometers or scales are an essential tool in your counseling office. I can’t think of something else I reached for or referenced more often with students.  They are reusable, research-based tools that help kids put a situation in perspective, build self-awareness,develop a self-management plan, and  connect thoughts, feelings, and actions.Phew, talk about a workhorse. For most elementary or […]

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Help children change their negative thinking with sequences counseling activities for small group counseling or individual counseling.
Jan 15

Helping Children Challenge Negative Thinking

By Laura Driscoll | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy , Group Counseling , Individual Counseling

Children, just like adults, are prone to negative thinking. Their negative thinking can lead them to be avoidant, have meltdowns, get into fights, and take other negative actions. The concept of thoughts can be a little abstract for children. Certainly more difficult to understand than feelings and behaviors.  When helping children change their thinking, I make […]

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develop coping strategies
Aug 07

Help Your Students Develop Coping Skills

By Laura Driscoll | Individual Counseling , Social Emotional Skills

In counseling, you work with students to develop coping skills. You introduce different strategies. They practice them perfectly in role play. Then when they actually need these coping strategies, they don’t use them. They didn’t stick.  Part of the reason they didn’t stick, is because we didn’t teach them effectively. With so many social emotional skills, […]

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