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Most students experience anxiety at some point in their lives. As school counselors, it’s important that we understand the different ways anxiety can show up in students and how to best support them. Typically, I give you counseling strategies and tools that you can use generally across topics, but I thought it would be helpful to go deeper on a specific topic and give you some quick takeaways that you can easily implement in your counseling program. So all month, I'll be talking to you about anxiety and how we can help support students who are struggling in this area. 

Today’s episode is an overview of what anxiety is and how to determine which students really need support with anxiety. Sometimes students are unaware that what they’re experiencing is anxiety or they just don’t have the ability to label it. So it’s really important that we provide screenings that help us identify who those students are. Of course, it’s not our job to diagnose, but it is important for us to be aware of the signs of anxiety so we can get them the support they need. 

We have so many fun things going on in March to celebrate our 1-year anniversary! I cannot believe it’s already been a whole year! Here are some ways to celebrate with me and get in on the fun:

  1. Become a member of IMPACT, my school counselor membership. It has been so much fun to build this amazing community where we can support each other as school counselors. As a member, each month you’ll receive curriculum plans, ready to download resources, and video implementation guides so you have everything you need to best support your students and to make your counseling life just a little bit easier. 

  2. Don’t miss my FREE live training on how to use individual counseling curriculum to engage students and effectively track data. I will be giving away a FREE individual curriculum to anyone who attends! Plus, you’ll earn a PD certificate for the training. I’m offering two different times, so be sure to reserve your seat. 

  3. Submit a story to be featured during our new segment, Counselor Stories! Upload a quick audio clip of you sharing something about your day as a counselor using this simple form. I’ll be playing these stories on the podcast so we can all celebrate the wins, laugh at the funny stuff, and support each other through the tough stuff. I’m so excited to invite you to be a part of the podcast in this way.

  4. Connect with me on Instagram, at Teachers Pay Teachers, and subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss any episodes!

Some topics covered in this episode are:

  • Definitions of anxiety and the difference between everyday anxiety most people experience and the more intense anxiety disorders 

  • Tips for choosing the right words when it comes to talking to parents about seeking outside professional help

  • How to determine which students are in need of support for anxiety and some of the reasons students don’t do self-referrals

  • Signs that indicate a student may be experiencing anxiety

  • A simple strategy you can use to help students work through anxious thoughts and dig a little deeper

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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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