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    Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Younger Students

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an approach with a strong research base that is easy to implement in a school setting. The problem for us in elementary schools is that it is meant for students who are at least 8 years old. That recommended age is for good reason too. A lot of the concepts involved in CBT treatment are beyond the cognitive skills of young students. They aren’t ready yet to make the connection between their thoughts, feelings, and actions, much less make a plan for how to change any component. I was still hopeful that there was a way to integrate cognitive behavioral therapy with younger students and went searching for strategies to bring this effective approach down to our kindergarten and first grade students. I figure if there is a way to teach algebra to first graders, there was a way to use CBT. continue reading

  • Set goals in school counseling to increase your effectiveness, teacher skills, collect data, and engage students in their progress.

    Set Goals with Students in the New Year

    You have students on your caseload and you want to make sure they are making progress and you are being effective. Social and emotional skills aren’t always the easiest skills to…

  • Teaching Conflict Resolution Skills

    Resolving conflicts is a necessary skill for students to learn and we can begin expecting independence in elementary. Sometimes, when you feel like you are lining up 20 kittens rather than…

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    Behavior Plan Implementation

    Why won’t teachers implement my behavior plans? You completed a lengthy and thorough Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and you made a behavior plan with perfect reinforcers. The student is even excited about the plan. Yes!…

  • A Unique and Inspirational Graduation Address

    Donovan Livingston, a Ed.M. 2016 graduate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, gave one of the more powerful 5 minute speeches on race, inequity, and education I have seen. Beautiful and…

  • 3 MORE Ways to Build Relationships with Teachers

    As a school psychologist or school counselor, your relationships with teacher are one of the most important factors in effectively supporting struggling students. I need their patience with getting behavior plans implemented. I need their confidence that the plans will work. I…

  • Scheduling Small Group Counseling in 8 steps

    One of your primary responsibilities as a school counselor or psychologist is small group counseling. I use these groups to respond to specific student needs that pop up, to reinforce character education or guidance lessons,…