Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tell One


One of the blogs I follow, The Counseling Geek, started this campaign to promote the benefits of belonging to ASCA and our state school counseling associations.  Read more at
tell-one-campaign.html I have only lived in 2 states during my professional career but have always been an active member of ACA and my state association.  I also belong to ASCA and VSCA. I believe all counselors should belong to ACA and ASCA and the respective state organizations.  I have served as an officer at the local, state, and national level and can honestly say, no matter how many hours you give to your professional organization you get back so much more. I encourage all counselors to join their professional organizations and take full advantage of all the benefits!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Staff Parent Book Sharing

Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World

Each year at my school the Counseling Advisory Committee selects a book for staff and parents to read and then we either do an online book discussion or a face-to-face session.  This year we are trying posts on Twitter and a evening discussion in March.  We announce to book before the holidays to give folks plenty of time to obtain a copy and read it.  Chapman and Pellicane's book was released in 2014.  It offers parents help to:
  • Equip your child to be relational rich in a digital world
  • Replace mindless screen time with meaningful family time
  • Establish simple boundaries that make a huge difference
  • Read what's working for the screen savvy family down the street
  • Prepare your child to succeed down the road in relationships and life
  • Learn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things don

Monday, December 1, 2014

Bulletin Board for National Adoption Month

Adoption is often symbolized as a triangle to represent the child, birth family, and adoptive family.  Our bulletin board (constructed by my wonderful parent volunteer) shows the 3 sides joined in love.  Surrounding the board are some of my favorite books on adoption that are listed on the children's book page of this website.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

RAMP Reviewer

 I spent most of my "free" time the last 4 days reviewing RAMP applications.  My school Re-RAMPed last year and all schools who RAMP are offered the opportunity to have one counselor be a reviewer the following year. I was happy for the opportunity to try on the perspective of the reviewer rather than the counselor whose application is being reviewed.  I was pleased I got a chance to review both schools that are attempting to Re-RAMP and those submitting for the first time.  I also got to review applications from all 3 levels. You can't review any submissions your own state to make it less likely you would know the applicants. The applications are reviewed by 3 reviewers then the reviews go to a lead reviewer who oversees two teams.  It is a very labor intensive process of volunteers.  I do believe the RAMP process has greatly contributed to making school counseling programs better.  My district now has 4 schools who have successfully RAMPed.  I am hoping after serving as a reviewer, I will be in a better position to help other counselors in my district who want to go for RAMP.