Top 5 in 2015: The Counseling Geek's top posts in 2015

My favorite and most read posts of 2015 - Happy New Year to you all!

Thanks for a great year!!

2015 has been a stellar year for school counselors and myself! From presentations at several conferences, things going super well at work, SC|CS 2016 going off the hook, being named finalist for California School Counselor of the Year, and getting to spend some time writing here – I am very thankful for 2015. As many bloggers do at this time – I want to take a look back and re-highlight 5 of my own favorite and the reader’s favorite posts of the year. I hope you enjoy the rewind and welcome 2016 with open arms. Thanks for reading and here is to another great year next year! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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Free School Counseling Group Curriculum - Academic Success Groups

Free School Counseling Group Curriculum – Academic Success Groups

I was searching for a curriculum to use for a short term academic group with struggling students at my school site. I had a hard time finding a short one so I put something together that I used this year and wanted to share the resource with all of you. Looks like you enjoyed it as this was the most visited post from 2015.

https://www.thecounselinggeek.com/2015/11/academic-success-groups.html

Top Viewed of 2015

Free Printable – Communication and Marketing Planning Guide for School Counselors

Free Printable – Communication and Marketing Planning Guide for School Counselors

Sharing all the great stuff we do on a daily basis is important. However, it isn’t always easy. So I created this Communication and Marketing Guide for School Counselors to help with the process. Feel free to download and share this tool. It also goes well paired with Jeremy Goldman and my ASCA 2014 presentation – Branding and Marketing Your School Counseling Program.

https://www.thecounselinggeek.com/2014/11/free-printable-communication-marketing-planning-guide-school-counselors.html

Three of my personal favorites.

7 Tips for Managing Your School Counseling Appointments

7 Tips for Managing Your School Counseling Appointments

The tool – ScheduleOnce – is a life saver to me. I use it every single day and my parents and students actually like it too! It helps me keep my calendar manageable and also takes the work of setting up appointments out of my hands and into those who want to meet with me. This video blog will show you some of the features and tools that you can use with the program. Highly suggested!

https://www.thecounselinggeek.com/2015/11/school-counselor-appointment-management.html

Public Speaking: Tips for School Counselors, Chapter 1

Public Speaking: Tips for School Counselors, Chapter 1

Public speaking (and classroom guidance) is scary for a LOT of people. I view it as a spectrum of fear rather than you are afraid or you are not. In this post – I share a few tips I have found really helpful to me when I get up in front of 30 high school students, 75 parents, or 500 school counselors at a conference. Be sure to check out Chapter 2 while you are at it!

https://www.thecounselinggeek.com/2015/07/public-speaking-tips-for-school-counselors-finding-your-strength.html

Take Back Time with Gmail’s Canned Responses – School Counseling Video Blog

Take Back Time with Gmail’s Canned Responses – School Counseling Video Blog

Everyone emails – this video blog dives into a sweet but hidden tool within Gmail — the Canned Responses. This feature lets you save your most frequent emails into a template that you can add very quickly from a menu instead of typing all of same information each time you get the request for transcripts, an appointment or some other frequent request.

https://www.thecounselinggeek.com/2015/02/take-back-time-with-gmails-canned-responses-school-counseling-video-blog.html

Thanks for reading and stay awesome in 2016!

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