Guest post by Thomas Broderick, from Teach.com
No matter the school, working as a school counselor is a tough job. Your days are full of unexpected twists and turns, making it difficult to perform your actual job duties.
In short, your job is very demanding, and I bet you could use some good advice. In this article, we’ll look at five influencers every school counselor should follow. These education leaders provide their followers multiple resources which benefit counselors both new and experienced. Take a minute out of your busy day to explore what they can offer you.
Five Great Counselors to Follow
Richard Wong (@rwongASCA)
As executive director of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), Dr. Wong works tirelessly to help school counselors across the nation provide the highest-quality counseling services. On Twitter, Dr. Wong regularly posts the latest research into counseling best practices, as well as news that applies to the counseling profession. On the ASCA website, counselors can become members to receive exceptional professional development opportunities and other unique benefits.
Yuridia Nava (@ynava85)
ASCA Counselor of the Year finalist in 2017, Ms. Nava works to improve school counseling one student at a time. On her Twitter profile, you will discover countless resources in addition to new ways to apply your counseling passion. As Ms. Nava is still an active counselor, her profile offers the most up-to-date best practices.
Cynthia Morton (@c_morton)
Through her Twitter profile and website, Ms. Morton exemplifies the trend of excellent school counselors reaching out to their peers through social media. Her tweets, posted multiple times a day, represent an invaluable resource to counselors worked at the high school level. For example, much of Ms. Morton’s recent posts deal with bullying and helping students during stressful life situations.
Rhonda M. Bryant (@rhondabryantphd)
Working in higher education, Dr. Bryant researches the latest trends in high school counseling. Her Twitter profile includes many links to research articles on college admissions, helping students succeed, and the science of addiction. Counselors of college-bound high school students should check out Dr. Bryant’s profile.
Rebecca Strubbe (@jacketcounselor)
From her counseling office in Lebanon, Missouri, Ms. Strubbe uses social media to help students apply to college. For new high school counselors, Ms. Strubbe’s Twitter profile is a goldmine of information. Counselors who follow Ms. Strubbe should pay close attention to how she acknowledges her students’ accomplishments. Copying her approach may help you better connect with your student body.
Getting the Most Out of Social Media
Reading influential counselors’ social media posts is only the tip of the iceberg. Here are some ways you can take social media to the next level.
- Ask Questions: More often than not, the influencers you follow on Facebook and Twitter will respond to your questions. Other benefits may include gaining access to previously unknown resources, or valuable advice about a situation at your school.
- Share Resources: Once you have resources in hand, make sure to share them with other counselors at your school and district. You will broaden your professional network, and others will regard you as a leader. One great way to share resources with other counselors is to lead a professional development session.
- Cultivate Your Social Media Followers. It is likely that your school has a social media presence. Once you get a handle on following others, use a social media platform to broadcast relevant updates and information to students, teachers, parents, and other counselors.
Whether you are starting your counseling career or need someone to reignite your passion, following the most influential high school counselors can have positive effects on your job performance and overall wellbeing. Finally, remember that though emulating others’ best traits can help you at your job, don’t let their advice overshadow your unique strengths.
Thomas Broderick is a freelance writer and consultant in the education field. He lives in Northern California. You can learn more about Thomas on his website.