If you’re like most students and career changers, you’ve got a strong idea that a career as a school counselor would be very satisfying, but you’d like to be sure. After all, the education required to become a school counselor is extensive, and it can be years before you’ve acquired all the necessary licenses to work with students.
Luckily, there are some truly talented school counselors who share every aspect of their professional lives in their blogs. By reading their insights, struggles, and triumphs, you can get a very clear idea of what a therapist’s professional career–and sometimes, personal life—is like. All of the bloggers below bring passion, skill, and tremendous effort to their work—and their blogs! Be sure to pay them a visit, and leave a comment or two! The Helpful Counselor Heather’s blog, «The Helpful Counselor,» is an excellent resource for counselors who work with kids. Her posts are the perfect combo of insight and research, and each article is well-though out and backed up with literature.
Her focus on the emotional lives of students includes explorations of emotional baggage, healthy ways of expressing anger, and encouraging emotional intelligence in students, and she welcomes a number of guest posters who round out the blog nicely. Heather recently posted that she’s opened up her own private practice—we hope that she stays in the school system in some capacity! Notable Post: 5 Tips to Guide Your Child to a Satisfying Career School Counseling A to Z Many of the blogs written by people who work in education are aimed at parents—basically, «This is what we did; this is what went well.» Many of them—and most are wonderful! —focus on pleasing parents.
Amanda’s blog is refreshing because she focuses on ideas and tactics that other school counselors can use with their students. She describes the social and emotional benefits of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, activities to appreciate soldiers on Veteran’s Day, and shares take-home notes from School Counselors Association Conventions (this is a great post). Most importantly, she details concrete ways to foster support and positivity for students.
Notable Post: A very sincere and nice appreciation note to the teachers in her school: My Perspective of Teaching The Counseling Geek Jeff’s take on blogging is very unique: «I would love to share my knowledge of technology and counseling with you to help you improve your implementation of 21st Century Skills in your school» (note: this is the only counseling/technology blog on this list!). In addition to being a great reminder that everyone’s experiences and interests are vitally unique and vitally important, Jeff’s blog provides an incredibly valuable resource for all those «unforeseen issues» that therapists and school counselors end up dealing with.
From technical issues (how to use dropbox), to professional guidance (tips for interviewing for counseling jobs), to general business practice (branding and marketing your school counseling program). The Counseling Geek provides guidance where school counselors often need it most. Notable Post: Any one, really! There’s a lot of great info here! Savvy School Counselor Before becoming a school counselor, Vanessa worked for 13 years as a teacher—and, reading her blog, you get the sense that she truly understands children: their hopes, their hurts, and their concerns.
Her posts are an excellent resources for other school counselors, and touch on important topics such as bullying, anger-management strategies, self-esteem buildings, and self-advocacy for school counselors. And, as anyone who works with children knows, you’re going to need STUFF! Vanessa is generous with lesson plans, products, and freebies. Notable Post: A Lesson About Kindness The Corner on Character The author, Barbara, seems like exactly the kind of person you want in your school: her blogs posts detail community projects that bring people together, activities where troubled students find their way to shine, and exercises that focus on the most important aspect of education: character. Posts range from a ton of topics, including parent tips for stress-free holidays, value building in the classroom, and observations on kindness. She includes a ton of links to relevant blogs to expound upon the subjects she’s discussing, and, nicest of all—her posts are genuinely upbeat! And despite hundreds of updates—she recent posted her 850th post—she remains reliably cheerful and optimistic.
Notable Post: Living Values JYJ Counselor Blog Andrea’s blog stands out as an incredible resource for best practices and professional tips. Every post contains useful information: she writes about planning a holiday help program, how to recommend an outside therapist for a student (an excellent post that ALL school counselors should read), and best practices for supervising interns (this is actually GREAT advice, and a topic that’s very relevant—school counselors end up working with a lot of interns—and it’s a topic we haven’t seen other blogs tackle). She seems to truly love her work, and her posts are a pleasure to read. Notable post: Free Career Exploration Website School Counselor Blog For those of you who imagine the school counselors spend their careers behind a desk, check out Danielle’s blog.
When she’s not blogging about kindness, cooperation, and group activities, she’s sharing her adventures as a globe trotter: Danielle is a sought-after speaker, and has shared her ideas and experiences with school counselors in Montana, Tennessee, Colorado, Pennsylvania… the list goes on! As someone who understands the power of group insight, her blog encourages discussion of ideas, lessons, and resources, and how schools can create an atmosphere of growth and learning. Notable Post: Supporting Military Children and Families Entirely Elementary School Counseling Susan focuses on «the big three» of working with young students—»solving conflicts, friendship troubles, and bullying»—but she shares valuable insights about every aspect of counseling in an educational setting, including career awareness, book reviews, and resources for teachers.
In particular, she focuses on the self-care that counselors of all varieties need to do more of (including an excellent post about self-reflection here). One of the things we love most about her blog is her willingness to share her personal experiences, including posts titled «It Stuck with Me,» where she documents acts of kindness of emotional growth. More, please!