Tuesday, February 2, 2016

8 Super Charged Resources for School Counselor Week

Happy National School Counselor Week
February 1 - 5, 2016
There are tons of activities and things to do to get the word out about your comprehensive school counseling program this week.  The internet and social media keep making it easier to find great ideas and tweak them to fit your school or population.  Look for ideas on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and at the ASCA website.  Check out and click the links below.  
At my school we are using the morning announcements that ASCA has already written!  How easy is that!  We tweaked it for our own purposes and our principal is reading them out loud after the Pledge of Allegiance.  The announcements reflect the theme of "Recipe for Success" for the week.  

Create Your Own Special T-Shirt 
Some counselors are creating their own t-shirts for National School Counselor Week 
and the 100th Day of School.  
Here are some simple steps to help you create your very own t-shirt with your computer. 

I have created some of my own T-shirts using designs made on word or publisher.  
It is really easy!
 Follow the steps here:

1)  Create your own design or find a picture in the free domain or purchase one on Pinterest.  There is probably a lot of free clip art right on your computer!

2) Use a lot of bright color and make it big.  Kids like bright colors and big designs, plus they will stand out better on a t-shirt.

3) Purchase a t-shirt at the fabric store.  I have found yellow t-shirts at bargain prices during Christmas time when everyone wants green, red, and white.  In fact, I was able to purchase 8 yellow t-shirts for 25 cents each in adult sizes.  Many times new t-shirts can be found at 3 or 4 for a $1.00.  Be sure to wash your shirt before you apply your design.

4) Purchase Fabric Transfers.  I use Avery 8.5" x 11" Light Fabric Transfers.  You get six sheets in a package.

5) After you have created or downloaded your design, print it out on regular paper in color to see if it is the correct size and color(s) you want.

6) If all is OK, print your design on the fabric transfer sheet.  Follow the directions - it's easy.  Instead of paper, simply print on the fabric sheet which you load right into your own printer!

7) Follow the instructions on the fabric sheet package.  Get your iron hot and ready and GO!

8)  You have now created a great t-shirt.  Wear it with a smile!

Here is a special offer for you from Counselor Games!

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The Play Pack has everything you need to get started using and implementing play therapy.  
It includes demonstrations and the games.  
Awesome ideas for the 100th Day of School.  Our Day 100 is February 4th. 
 Some of these ideas are great to let others know about your counseling program. 
   Grace Wilhelm is a National Board Certified Counselor with experience inn mental health and school counseling.  She enthusiastically presents to counselors, teachers, youth workers, and parents on anger, stress, crises intervention, communication, data, counseling programs, play sessions, and more.