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 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:

  1. Parent calls and leaves a message saying they want to meet
  2. Finally get around to my voicemails and call them hoping to get a date/time, but get their voicemail
  3. Repeat steps 1-2 several times.
  4. 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.

The blog author, Jeffrey Ream M.S, PPS, writes for The Counseling Geek. Connect with Jeff via email, Twitter, Google+, and Facebook.

ANFSCD: ScheduleOnce: Take the work out of setting up meetings!

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