One of my favorite tools that I don't have to think about!
One of the nice things about starting a counseling program from scratch at a new school where there was little/nothing before you got there is that you have full input on what to bring in with you. It is one thing to change what has been going on for a long time, but when nothing has been happening - people are very open to trying new things.
Among the first (FREE) things that I signed up for this fall was a great web-tool called ScheduleOnce (also linked to meetme.so). You may or may not have heard of online scheduling tools that include features like: appointment requests, seamless integration with different calendar types, propose meeting times that helps pick the best time/date for all participants, and many more!
I always have hated the "old fashioned" way of making appointments, which goes something like:
- Parent calls and leaves a message saying they want to meet
- Finally get around to my voicemails and call them hoping to get a date/time, but get their voicemail
- Repeat steps 1-2 several times.
- Finally reach each other but we both have busy schedules and spend 15 minutes comparing calendars until we finally find a compatible date/time.
That does not happen anymore! You can have the freedom I have found too! It is super easy to integrate, it syncs with my on-the-fly Outlook calendar (via Google Calendar), and parents love it. The software is highly customizable and you can set meeting lengths that fit with your schedule. As a counselor without a secretary - it makes up for it! Check out a few of the shots below and head to ScheduleOnce to check out what they offer.