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Collecting data is so important for our students and our counseling programs. It helps us answer questions like: 

  • How can we teach this material to help the students better understand?

  • How can we present this in a different way to help the student grow and to learn these coping strategies? 

  • How can we provide outside support or other resources to really ensure that the student is getting the support they need? 

We can do all of that by looking at the data. When we have solid data, we're not just guessing or shooting in the dark. Instead, we have concrete evidence-based proof that we can use when we're trying to figure out how to best help students.

In this episode, I’m wrapping up our individual counseling series by sharing 3 data collection tools you can start using today. If you missed Episode 76, be sure to go back and listen because I talk about how to plan your individual counseling sessions. 

My Individual Counseling Curriculum Super Bundle includes all of the tools you need to assess and measure your students' progress. The forms are available in both print and digital format. Plus there are 11  low-prep counseling activities to use with the students in an individual counseling setting. 

If you're wondering how you can use data collection more deeply in your program and you want to learn more about it, you’re going to love my Stress-Free School Counseling Course. There are two modules dedicated to data collection and advocating for your role. If you’re more of a visual learner, you’re going to love this course.

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Some topics covered in this episode are:

  • Using simple and effective self-assessments to find out where the deficits are so you can use the results to determine how individual students need to move through the tiers.

  • Why I love using Google forms to have students complete their self-assessments

  • How to incorporate a student rating scale as a way to gather data at the beginning of each individual counseling session

  • Importance of collecting data from parents and teachers to monitor behavior progress and tips for getting a quick response

  • Ways to showcase the results of your data and how it can help you advocate for your role as a counselor and constantly improve your program to ensure that students get the support they need

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More About School Counseling Simplified:

School Counseling Simplified is a podcast offering easy to implement strategies for busy school counselors. The host, Rachel Davis from Bright Futures Counseling, shares tips and tricks she has learned from her years of experience as a school counselor both in the US and at an international school in Costa Rica.

You can listen to School Counseling Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more!


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