15-MINUTE FOCUS SERIES

Brief Counseling Techniques That Work

15-Minute Focus is a new series that aims to help school counselors and educators overcome three of the biggest challenges they face:

  • Limited Time to manage the number of students for whom they are responsible
  • Mental Illness Stigma
  • Budget Constraints for Ongoing Training

Each week, students are spending more time at school than they spend with their parents. Because of this, teachers, counselors, and other school staff are often among the first to notice changes in behavior that could signal a mental or behavioral health issue.

According to the American School Counselor Association, students’ unmet mental health needs can be a significant obstacle to academic, career, and social/emotional development and even compromise school safety. Most students in need do not receive adequate mental health supports. Research indicates 20 percent of students need mental health services, yet only one out of five of these students receive the necessary services.

Working alongside experts in various fields of mental health counseling, NCYI has developed a series of research-based, brief counseling books that home-in on a specific mental health topic, signs to look for, practical intervention and classroom management strategies, and effective ways to communicate and collaborate with internal staff, outside referrals, and student families.

15-Minute Focus Series

  • ANXIETY: Worry, Stress, and Fear
  • SUICIDE: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention
  • TRAUMA and Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • GRIEF: Processing and Recovery
  • 15-Minute Counseling Techniques that Work

ANXIETY: Worry, Stress, and Fear

In 15-Minute Focus: Anxiety, Worry, Stress, and Fear, Leigh Bagwell gives counselors and educators a step-by-step primer on how to support students who struggle with anxiety.

Anxiety can cause students to feel isolated and overwhelmed, preventing them from learning and engaging in the classroom. Rather than tell our students not to worry, our job as educators should be to recognize when our students are struggling with anxiety and get them the support they need. In this book, Bagwell explains the physiological progression from a trigger to a full-blown anxiety attack, and provides a variety of prevention and intervention strategies for school counselors, educators, and administrators.

What you’ll get:

  • Understanding of anxiety and clarification of anxiety vs. misbehavior
  • Breakdown of various anxiety disorders and how they present
  • Helpful tips for parents who have anxious children
  • Curated list of resources, including organizations, curriculum, books, and more!

When students experience anxiety, they need help navigating through it. This guide will teach school counselors, educators, and administrators how to become powerful advocates for their students so they can thrive in the classroom and in life.

Written by Leigh Bagwell

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This is really great for a school book study on working and helping kids who have anxiety and how to help in the school setting. Although it’s a quick read that can easily be done in a night, it offers a lot of good insight on how to work with kids that face anxiety in their everyday lives. I really like how there are case studies of children and then questions to help work through what you can best do to help. I also like that there are practical suggestions on how to ease anxiety.
Carol Miller, School Counselor

This book is a great resource for teachers, school building staff, counselors and parents. It is an easy read and packed with informative tips on how to better understand anxiety. I especially like the connection to the brain and how anxiety is often mistaken for problem behavior. I highly recommend this for anyone working with kids that need to better understand the role of anxiety and how it manifests.
Shannon Dobson, Behavior Specialist & Educator

SUICIDE: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention

In 15-Minute Focus: Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention, Dr. Melisa Marsh gives school counselors and educators a step-by-step primer on how to navigate the death of a student or staff member by suicide.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals ages ten to thirty-four. This statistic underscores the impact suicide can have on our schools. It can shatter a school community and leave students and staff feeling helpless, angry, and confused. In this book, Marsh unpacks the stigma and data associated with suicide, and provides school counselors, educators, and administrators with ways to implement a suicide-safer community.

What you’ll get:

  • Specific language to use when talking about suicide
  • Strategies for implementing suicide prevention, suicide intervention, and suicide postvention programs
  • Research and data to help communicate risk factors
  • Ways to support students in a virtual environment
  • Over 20 pages of invaluable templates, including safety plans, email scripts, assessments, checklists, and more!

The death of a student or staff member by suicide is something no school wishes to navigate, but Marsh gives the tools needed to face these hard and challenging situations with understanding and hope.

Written by Dr. Melisa Marsh

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The cool thing about this book is that it is not just for school counselors or therapists. It is actually very much administrator focused. This book even has how to handle suicide in a virtual environment. Very relevant and fresh!
Melanie Acker, LPC

TRAUMA and Adverse Childhood Experiences

In 15-Minute Focus: Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences, Dr. Melissa Louvar Reeves gives counselors and educators a primer on how to support students who have experienced trauma.

Trauma interferes with the executive functions required to be successful in the classroom; and it impacts our ability to trust our environment and others. In this book, Reeves explains trauma and the overlap with anxiety, and provides understanding for behaviors associated with trauma and why they occur, along with a variety of strategies for school mental health professionals, educators, and administrators.

What you’ll get:

  • Identification of the different types of stress and symptoms that accompany trauma exposure
  • Explanation of commonalities between externalizing disorders and trauma and stressor related disorders
  • Practical strategies for school mental health professionals, educators, administrators, and parents
  • Curated list of resources, including organizations, training, curriculum, books, and more!

This guide will provide school counselors, educators, and administrators with an increased understanding regarding trauma and effective interventions to provide better supports that facilitate growth and achievement in all areas of life.

Reeves, Melissa

Written by Dr. Melissa A. Louvar Reeves

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Trauma is something we all experience but many educators are just learning about what trauma is and how it effects learning. I found this book to be a quick, but good read of what trauma and ACES are. I loved how it took you through what you could do to improve the culture of the school community from classroom structure to interventions and response. The points to consider also allow you to evaluate your own processes and procedures. I highly recommend.
Carol Miller, School Counselor

A must have for anyone working with someone who struggles with trauma. Excellent resource and easy to read. I highly recommend this series and think you will soon find the pages being worn from so much use. I have already let a teacher borrow my copy.
Stephanie Holloway, Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

GRIEF: Processing and Recovery

In 15-Minute Focus: Grief: Processing and Recovery, Dave Opalewski offers school counselors and educators a primer on how to handle the death of a student or staff member.

No matter if the death was sudden or the result of a long illness, it can devastate an entire school family and its surrounding community. Students are impacted every time they walk into a classroom and see a classmate’s empty desk or a substitute teacher sitting at a deceased teacher’s desk. When tragedies like this occur, schools must respond quickly and offer what grieving students and staff need most—comfort. In this book, Opalewski gives schools a guide for addressing the death of a student or staff member, including what to say and what not to say to students along with helpful communication and intervention strategies for school counselors, educators, and administrators.

What you’ll get:

  • Learning the concepts and implementation process of “comfort before counseling”
  • Grief research and data for children and adolescents
  • Grief support group setup
  • Activities to help students process grief, classroom activities, tips for parents, and more!

No school can truly prepare for the death of a student or staff member. A loss like this will shake the school family. But this book will give counselors and educators the information they need to respond to tragedy with understanding and comfort so that they can help students and staff work through their grief in a positive and productive way.

Opalewski, Dave

Written by David A. Opalewski, M.A.

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1 in 14 children will experience the death of a parent or sibling before age 18 (CBEM,2020). This book is a must have for ALL school officials. It is important to know how to respond in a healthy manner when a student experiences a death and or for the death of a student. It is a great reference to skim when preparing to support students. It is laid out in an easy/ clear manner. Together we can help students find healthy ways to navigate their grief.
Stephanie Heitkemper, LPC RPT

The thing about grief is it feels like no one ever knows what to say and we worry we might say the wrong thing. This book covers what NOT to say and helps to find the right words. It also considers the child’s age and developmental level of understanding. I really appreciated the section that covers myths about children and grief. There are a few classroom activities that are suggested as well. It specifically talks about how to handle the sudden death of a student, helping a student grieve the death of a sibling, handling an anticipated death, and suicide. I really benefited from the ways of coping and forming a support group section.
Ashley Amely, School Counselor

15-Minute Counseling Techniques that Work

What You Didn’t Learn in Grad School

The counselor is not the strategy. The counselor teaches strategies.

As counselors, we spend our days helping kids. Kids come to us with a variety of problems, searching for answers. They want us to listen. And they need us to give them solutions for the issues they are facing.

While these solutions may work temporarily, we really never help kids until we give them tools—or techniques—to manage thoughts and feelings on their own. Our job is not to do it for them. Our job is to teach them how to do it themselves! This is the greatest gift we can give.

In 15-Minute Counseling Techniques, Allison Edwards provides tools to use in individual or group counseling sessions with children in grades K–12. Children will learn how to calm their mind and body with Square Breathing, let go of negative thoughts by Changing the Channel, identify their unique gifts by creating a “What I’m Good At” Jar, and so much more.

The techniques in this book will help children feel empowered to face everyday challenges and equipped to manage their stress and emotions. And, best of all, you will give them the confidence they need to handle challenges throughout their lives.

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