Who is coming to the biggest school counseling conference of the year? ASCA is in my hometown of Atlanta this year and I can’t wait. If you’ll be there, come say hi. I’ll be presenting on self-advocacy on Saturday, July 16th at 9:30am. If you can’t be there, hope these resources are helpful. As always, contact me with any questions.
Below you will find resources for self-advocacy including: strategies for working with individuals, groups. classes and also how to advocate for ourselves as counselors/educators. Overriding theme–> kids and adults both need to learn to communicate our needs in a way that will help us be heard.
(Here is the google folder with the resources I presented. See below for details of resources).
HELPING KIDS SELF-ADVOCATE
To start, let’s think about why kids need to be able to advocate for themselves now more than ever. First of all, our society has become a culture of outrage. (Here is a short Podcast from NPR on that subject.)
- How can kids refer themselves to see you (their counselor?)
- List of Coping Skills for Cool Down Corner
- Mindset Matters Book to Foster a Growth Mindset and the Power of Yet
- Podcast from Learning Lab: New Era of Growth Mindset
- Perception: Being able to see things from others point of view
- Whale/Elephant Directed Drawing
LESSONS FOR GROUP/CLASS LESSONS
- Lesson Asking For Help with Music Integration: Identifying Our Systems of Support
- Systems of Support Worksheet
- Girl Singing ‘Don’t Stop Don’t Give Up”
- Be Your Own Hero Book
- Be Your Own Hero Virtual Rooms (Make sure to view in slideshow mode for the hyperlinks to work)
- Egg or Bouncy Ball Resilience Lesson (PPT + extra worksheets)
- Bouncey Ball Cup Cover (Page 132 Mindset Matters)
- Communication Style Quiz
- Peer Pressure Lesson
I hope this post is helpful. I will be updating links as the conference gets closer, but I find it easier to have hyperlinks for you to refer back to in order to remember what we talk about… and what you can easily replicate in your program.