Five for Friday – 2.20.15


Hey VASC Members! It’s Five for Friday! Jump Start your weekend with these interesting articles, educational links and resources we’ve been “pinning.” Check out these posts concerning girls leadership, fostering resiliency, making kids happy, mass shooting drills, and first generation college students.  Follow ‘VASC School Counselor’ on Pinterest to get even more great resources!

PLUS check out our VASC Member Spotlight: Christy Norment of Harrisonburg High School!



“When we try to solve our girls’ problems for them, we send the message that they can’t resolve conflicts on their own. We also tend to make the situation worse. In this video, we share alternatives to getting involved as a first step. By delaying your intervention, and allowing your daughter to wrestle with her options, you have the opportunity to help her…”

via What Do I Do When My Daughter Comes Home Upset? via Girls Leadership.Org .


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“The 7Cs: The Essential Building Blocks of Resiliency. Young people live up or down to expectations we set for them. They need adults who believe in them unconditionally and hold them to the high expectations of being compassionate, generous, and creative.”

via Fostering Resilience, Building Resilience in Children and Teens–Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg.




“But while wanting happiness for our children makes sense, decades of research presents a paradox: Focusing on happiness is not a great way to actually be happy.

Happiness, it turns out, is not an end in itself. It’s a consequence, not a goal.”

via Stop Wanting Your Kids To Be Happy: Perspectives | KQED Public Media for Northern CA.




“Proponents argue the more realistic the drill is, the less likely students are to feel and act unprepared in a true scenario. Yet a growing number of parents and psychologists argue that this immersive approach in the country’s schools isn’t justified by worthy statistics. After all, the chance of any student dying in a school-related shooting is one in 2.5 million.

So, while the debate over how far is too far remains fragile ground, what continues to be strikingly underreported is that glaring, albeit obvious, question: What does the trauma curriculum actually teach?”

via When Schools Simulate Mass Shootings – The Atlantic.



“His dad couldn’t afford a hotel, so they took about an hour to unpack the car, said their goodbyes, and his dad drove off. Chris Reynolds was officially on his own. He thought he was pretty prepared. He had a dorm room, a meal plan and a couple hundred bucks to last until he found a job. What he wasn’t prepared for was how lonely and out of place he felt on campus.”

via Fitting In On Campus: Challenges For First-Generation Students : NPR Ed : NPR.

via  Entirely Elementary…School Counseling: Sensory Needs and Calming Doodads.


And be sure to check out our latest GRADUATE STUDENT OF THE MONTH POST!

Jermando Towler, February Graduate Student of the Month – Virginia Alliance for School Counseling.


Have a wonderful weekend,

Your Virginia Alliance for School Counseling Board


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