Our Region 13 Counseling Services Team has created a resource for elementary, middle, and high school counselors. This resource has references and reputable websites organized just for you! New content will be added as we work through our time of school closures.
We hope this Toolbox helps you in your role as a Professional School Counselor during these trying times of the Cornavirus. We know that supporting the social, emotional, and academic needs of your students is important and we hope that these resources will help you continue this work remotely.
Take care of yourselves and let us know if we can support you!
Jenny Brockway and Tisha Kolek
The Counselor Support Services Team provides high quality training and professional development, technical assistance, consultation services, information dissemination and communication to school district personnel in the Region 13 ESC area and throughout the state in the areas of counseling and mental health. Our goal is to develop and nurture healthy learning communities across Region 13 by guiding and supporting school counselors, educators, mental health professionals, and other school staff members designated to ensure the health, wellness, and academic success of the students in Region 13.
Counselor Support Services offers expert assistance, information updates, including legislative and legal mandates, and support for initiatives in public education that enhance student development and academic achievement. Professional development opportunities are specifically designed to support counselor needs relating to college and career readiness, research-based best-practices, data driven programs, and research findings related to identifying and understanding students’ emotional, behavioral, and educational needs.
If you have not already done so, please join our email list to receive continual updates about workshops, in-district professional development opportunities, CEU offerings for mental health professionals, and resources available to enhance your counseling program.
For more information about our programs and services, please contact Tisha Kolek at 512-919-5337.
The Counselor Support Services Cooperative is designed to provide districts and campuses with the latest state-level information, targeted professional development, and individualized support services to meet the unique needs related to a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program.
New Counselor Institute
Through the Region 13 New Counselor Institute (NCI), we hope to increase retention in school counselors. Studies show increasing levels of burnout in school counselors due to the challenges and job demands associated with their profession. Through this empowering learning opportunity, counselors will not only leave with a multitude of concrete tools to build a successful program, but they will also leave feeling supported and inspired.
Mental Health Series
The Mental Health Series is designed for individuals who want to broaden their knowledge and understanding of trending topics and issues in the mental health profession. Although this series is open to all participants, it is specifically designed to reach the following audiences: school-based therapists, individuals working in private practice, mental health agencies/institutions, and persons wishing to expand their mental health awareness. Mental health professionals will receive CEU credits upon completion of each workshop.