While looking for more meet the school counselor ideas, I found a familiar idea from an old magazine on my bookshelf. The original article was written by Michelle Jordan.
Many of us have heard of placing items in a bag and relating them to the school counselor’s role. The School Counselor’s First-Aid Kit follows the same concept. First, you’ll want to find something to hold your items. Your kit can be kept in a box, or you can find a child’s toy doctor bag. Label your kit “School Counselor’s First-Aid Kit.” Inside the kit, you’ll need the following items: a tissue, a toothpick, a Hershey’s Kiss, a star, a penny, a bandage, an eraser, a Life Saver, and a cotton ball.
After asking the students to tell you what first-aid kits are usually for, you can share each of these items one by one. With your help, the students can tell how each item relates to your role.
- Tissue– A school counselor wants to help students dry their tears. Students need to know it’s okay to cry if they have a problem.
- Toothpick– A school counselor helps students “pick out” their problems and work on them.
- Hershey’s Kiss– A school counselor wants to help students feel better and a treat can do just that.
- Star– A school counselor can help students find their way when they are lost.
- Penny– A penny reminds students that they are valuable and special.
- Bandage– A school counselor wants to help heal students’ wounds.
- Eraser– The eraser reminds students that everyone makes mistakes. School counselors help students deal with their feelings about the mistakes they’ve made.
- Life Saver– Life savers serve as a reminder that students can see the school counselor if they need someone to talk to.
- Cotton Ball– This reminds students that the school counselor is full of warm fuzzies and compliments.
This kit can be kept in a visible spot in your office to remind students about your role. You can also use it as you meet new students throughout the school year.
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