Program Overview

Counseling Essentials for Classroom Teachers and School Counselors

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become – Buddha

The Counseling Essentials workshop is a CBT-style master class in counseling adolescents.

Take the plunge! Enhance your counseling skill to make the counseling experience for you and your clients more worthwhile and productive.

*Replaces unhelpful patterns of thinking with helpful ones
*Replaces fallacies of thinking with correct information
*Replaces insufficient information by offering more complete education

3 Basic Rules-of-Thumb for decision making
2 Concepts necessary to fully access these rules
1 Lesson to address motivation for even those tough days

I want to invite students to make the leap of faith to handle even challenging situations well. Sooner rather than later.

These lessons form a basis for counseling with students with decision-making/problem-solving deficits. This includes students with anger/aggressions issues or hopelessness/depression issues. The goal is responsible empowerment rather than losing hope or empowering oneself with anger, demands or threats.

Self-acceptance -> Self-Responsibility -> Self-Empowerment
<- Opening the door to S E L F - C O M P E T E N C Y ->

The Six Lessons:
Lesson #1 – De-escalation/Whose responsibility is it? Taking Responsibility vs.
Blame and Shame

Lesson #2 – The trigger or challenging situation does not cause
behavior.

Lesson #3 – What happens tomorrow depends on what you do
today. Self honesty in evaluating our behavior and its
relationship to trustworthiness

Lesson #4 – Even in challenging situations, there is a positive
choice.

Lesson #5 – The good choice may not be easy but it is better for us in the long term.

Lesson #6 – Establishing boundaries and priorities in our lives.
The role of parents.

*Teachers will learn how to apply these lessons to situations in the classroom.
*With repetition, students will learn to apply these principles pro-actively
*Optimally, the lessons would be repeated quarterly with students conducting the lessons with the
teacher as a guide.
*Optimally, the lessons would contribute to monthly themes and even home-school communication.
*Optimally, these lessons would be supplemented with lessons on understanding various emotions
and how to cope with them (via, for example, use of How to Talk So Kids Can Learn, Cooperative
Problem Solving or the RULER Approach). These are all skill-building approaches.