The School Counselor Toolkit

School Counseling is not a simple method involving a basic set of duties that can fit neatly into a well-defined box. The duties and actions school counselors undertake are as vast and colorful as are the types of individuals who populate our communities.

Hence, the necessity of an ever evolving and growing bag of resources… a School Counselor’s toolkit…

Below is a list of responsibilites typically associated with school counseling and web resources that will help you satisfy these responsibilities successfully.

Anger Management

  • Anger Management Lesson Plan from PBS
    • For the struggling school counselor, it is good to remember anger is simply an emotional state that is accompanied with a physiological change, the degree of which can vary greatly. So, it is important to realize that reactions coming from anger are often not directly correlated to bad decision making in the eyes of a student. The student needs a better understanding of his or her self and the right tools to help make better decisions in times of heated debate or irritation.

Anxiety Management

  • The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry – The Anxious Child
    • “The Anxious Child” offers a good base of knowledge to help you recognize and understand the typical causes for anxiety in children and teenagers. This is a great place to refresh your understanding and a is also a good jumping point for taking the next step. The following link is another article/resource by the AACAP that provides more information and resources for diagnostics and help, Anxiety Disorders.

Behavior Management

  • Behavior Advisor
    • Created by “Dr. Mac”, this website at first glance appears to be a half-hearted attempt to breach the topic. No offense to Dr. Mac! However, on further inspection, you will find a fairly comprehensive list of behavior management topics, concept explanations, and intervention strategies for addressing each issue.

Career Counseling

  • Connecticut Labor Market Information: Career Paths
    • The Connecticut Department of Labor has put together a great guide to help students (and school counselors) introduce themselves to the various career path options available to them. You will find typical wages associated with careers, required education and the necessary interest levels for success in particular industries.

College Preparation

  • Going to College
    • Help students use this tool to get a better understanding of their strengths and to distill their career desires from their personalities and future goals. You will also find teaching and counseling resources on this website that will aid in your college preparation curriculum development.
  • College Planning for Students with Disabilities
    • A PDF document provided by Education Quest Foundation with various procedures and tools aimed at helping school counselors provide career guidance to students with disabilities.

Communication Skills

  • Learning to Communicate – The Journal
    • Web 2.0 tools and explanations for the direction communication skill development is taking and how a school counselor or teacher can take advantage of web tools to better understand students, their needs, and what is required for contemporary students to best develop skills of communication.


  • Inspire Success Podcast Formerly known as the The ASAI Institute, Inspire Success mission is to help those who help students with the tools, resources, and supports that lead to world-ready students.

Group Counseling

IEP Development

  • Sample IEP Document from the Virginia State Education Department
    • The development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) involves the coordination of multiple professionals and their unique skill set and knowledge base. The Virginia State Department of Education has created a fantastic document that walks the reader through the entire process of IEP development from the concepts underlying the goals of an IEP, to roles associated with the various assortment of professionals involved, to the actual application of the IEP.

Individual Counseling

Professional Counseling Organizations

Professional Development

Referring to Outside Agencies

For most situations, school counselors are the professionals educators refer troubled youth to. However, occasionally situations arise that are beyond the scope of a school counselor’s expertise. At these times, school counselors need to refer students and their issues to outside agencies. The following are some of the more typical outside agencies school counselors work with.

Self-Esteem Development

Social Skills Development

  • National Association of School Psychologists – Social Skills fact sheet
    • The National Association of School Psychologists have developed a great page explaining in detail the benefits associated with having good social skills as a child and adolescent. There are also various tools to help school counselors develop their own methods for creating social skill development programs.

Transition Support for Students with Disabilities

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