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Counseling and Student Services Resources



Associations/Organizations

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
ASCA represents school counselors and promotes professionalism and ethical practices. The organization focuses on professional development, the enhancement of school counseling programs, and research towards effective school counseling practices.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.schoolcounselor.org/
Association of Educational Therapists (AET)
AET is a national professional association that develops standards, training programs and public awareness of the practive of educational therapy for children and adults with learning disabilities. The website provides information about membership, certification, professional development, and research.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.aetonline.org
Media for Teacher & Counselor Education (subject list)
An annotated list of media acquisitions for teacher and counselor education. Divided by subject area the list includes videos, dvd's, streaming video and other non-print formats.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.wpunj.edu/dotAsset/
d7fafc6a-8bb8-47d2-ac59-59c3815d71bd.pdf
National Association of School Psychologists
With the theme: "Helping children achieve their best. At school. At home. In life.," this website provides support and resources for psychology students, early professionals and working school psychologists, as well as for families and other educators. It includes information about standards, professional development, advocacy and other professional issues. Its resource list includes information on crisis resources in numerous foreign languages.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.nasponline.org/
National Child Traumatic Stresss Network (NCTSN)
NCTSN, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides resources for parents, teachers and others to enable the to provide support to traumatized children and adolescents. Resources are available for all types of traumas from natural disasters, physical and sexual abuse, terrorism, and acts of violence.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.nctsn.org/
National Institute of Mental Health
The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure. This website provides background about various mental disorders, as well as information about clinical trials, research, statistics, etc. Free publications are available. Part of the National Institutes of Health.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
SAMHSA, an agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services, was established "to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities." This website provides information and resources about the prevention, treatment and recovery from a wide range of health issues. Topics covered include suicide prevention, recovery from disasters, alcohol abuse and substance abuse. Within most of these topics a variety of print and online resources can be retrieved. Available in multiple languages.
Grades: PreK - 12
https://www.samhsa.gov/

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Bibliographies and Research Guides

Bullying Resources
A selected list of books available in the Curriculum Materials Center that address the topic of bullying in and out of the classroom.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.wpunj.edu/library/cmc/PDF/BullyingBookList.pdf
Character Education
This is a selected list of curriculum resources that can be used for character education in the K-12 classroom. These resources are available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.wpunj.edu/library/cmc/PDF/charactered2009.pdf
Death and Dying Book List
A selection of books available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library that address the issues of death, dying and grief for children in Grades PreK-8.
Grades: PreK - 8
http://www.wpunj.edu/library/cmc/PDF/
Death+and+Dying+Book+List+2017.pdf
Guidance and Counseling Resources
A selected list of guidance resources that are available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the David and Lorraine Cheng Library. This list includes Teaching aids with sample lesson plans and teaching activities as well as Juvenile books.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.wpunj.edu/library/cmc/PDF/Guidance2009.pdf
LGBT Books
A selected list of books and resources available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the David and Lorraine Cheng Library about lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender children, teens and parents.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.wpunj.edu/library/cmc/PDF/LGBT+list.pdf
Media for Teacher & Counselor Education (alphabetical)
An annotated list of media acquisitions for teacher and counselor education. Listed in alphabetical order it includes videos, dvd's, streaming video and other non-print formats. All are available through the Cheng Library.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.wpunj.edu/dotAsset/
76bbcab9-baa0-4ad0-85e1-dae772421950.pdf
Words that Heal: Using Children's Literature to Address Bullying
Part of Anti-bias lesson plans and resources for K-12 Educators developed by the Anti-Defamation League, Words that Heal includes many resources about using literature to reduce bullying. In addition to articles about why and how to use literature in the K-12 classrrom this website has lists of appropriate titles, discussion guides for specific titles, statistics, research, and teaching activities.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.adl.org/education/curriculum_connections/winter_2005/

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Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities

Committee for Children
In 1981 the Committee for Children developed the Talking about Touching program to reduce child sexual abuse. The Second Step program was later produced to teach the social-emotional skills of empathy, impulse control and anger management. Most recently the Steps to Respect program was created to combat bullying. The website introduces these programs and also provides free downloads of teaching activities.
Grades: PreK - 8
http://www.cfchildren.org/
Educator Toolkit: Social Emotional Learning
Common Sense Media evaluates and curates resources on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). The resources include apps, games, websites, articles,teaching tips and lesson plans to help support students learning in SEL.
Grades: K - 12
https://www.commonsense.org/education/toolkit/
social-emotional-learning
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network)
Established to promote safe schools for ALL students GLSEN's website identifies a number of initiatives (Day of Silence, No Name-Calling Week, ThinkB4YouSpeak) that address anti-GLBT bias. The TEACH section includes lesson plans and curriculum tools.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.glsen.org/
No Name-Calling Week
Inspired by James Howe's book, The Misfits, No Name-Calling Week Coalition was established by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) and Simon & Schuster Publishing. This website provides information for students, and lesson plans and teaching resources for teachers. Planning materials are available for No Name-Calling Week (one week in January).
Grades: K - 12
http://glsen.org/participate/programs/no-name-calling-week
Resources for Talking and Teaching About the School Shooting in Florida
Suggestions for helping students cope with the school shooting in Parkland, FL. Includes links from the American School Counselor Association. Gives ideas to help students understand what happened, how to honor the victims, and the role of students in telling the story and their call for action.
Grades: K - 12
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/learning/lesson-plans/
resources-for-talking-and-teaching-about-the-school-shooting-in-florida.html
Safe Schools Coalition
Safe Schools Coalition dedicated to making schools safe for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. This website provides a variety of resources (lesson plans, booklists, videos, handouts, etc.)for youth, parents, educators, and others. A resource list in Spanish is available.
Grades: K - 12
http://safeschoolscoalition.org/
Sesame Street: Traumatic Experiences
Resources from Sesame Street to help young children recover from a traumatic experience. Includes videos, short articles, teaching activities, reproducible worksheets, and other resources for children and families.
Grades: PreK - 1
https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/
traumatic-experiences/
Welcoming Schools
A project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Welcoming Schools provides resources to help schools provide a welcoming environment for all types of families, discourage gender stereotyping, and prevent bullying and name calling. Resources include lesson plans, links to other websites and resources, bibliographies, and handouts.
Grades: K - 6
http://www.welcomingschools.org/
Words that Heal: Using Children's Literature to Address Bullying
Part of Anti-bias lesson plans and resources for K-12 Educators developed by the Anti-Defamation League, Words that Heal includes many resources about using literature to reduce bullying. In addition to articles about why and how to use literature in the K-12 classrrom this website has lists of appropriate titles, discussion guides for specific titles, statistics, research, and teaching activities.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.adl.org/education/curriculum_connections/winter_2005/

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Other Resources

A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope
This short list of suggestions for helping children cope was originally written after 9/11 but is applicable to other situations. Developed by the National Association of School Psychologists, it is divided into three sections: For All Adults, For Parents, and For Schools,
Grades: K - 12
http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/
terror_general.aspx
A Thin Line
An initiative of MTV, A Thin Line campaign was developed to help teens to understand that with digital media there is a "thin line" between a harmless joke and something that can impact many lives. The website deals with sexting, constant messaging, spying, digital disrespect and cruelty by defining the terms, identifying possible repercussions and suggesting strategies for dealing with the problem.
Grades: 6 - 12
http://www.athinline.org/
Bullying & Cyberbullying
Developed by the Anti-Defamation League this website includes resources for educators, kids and families. Additional resources includes links to other websites. Also includes a link to the booklist, Words that Heal.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.adl.org/education-outreach/bullying-cyberbullying/
Combating Bullying and Cyberbullying
The Anti-Defamation League offers reproducible resources for educators, parents and students to combat bullying and cyberbullying. It also provides training and workshops for students, educators and parents. Words that Heal is an ADL curriculum that using children's literature to address bullying.
Grades: 5 - 12
http://www.adl.org/education-outreach/bullying-cyberbullying/
Cyberbullying Research Center
The Cyberbullying Research Center is a clearinghouse for parents, educators, and others who work with teens. Directed by Dr. Sameer Hinduja and Dr. Justin Patchin who have been studying cyberbullying for over 10 years. It includes information about research, laws, and personal stories. Includes downloadable handouts and activity sheets that can be used with teens.
Grades: 7 - 12
http://cyberbullying.us/
Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB)
Part of the "Keeping Kids Safe" portion of the NJ Department of Education's website. This section focuses specifically on the Anti-Bullying Civil Rights Act and resources that schools can use to support its implementation. Includes links to government agencies, professional organizations, government reports, regulations and other resources.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/behavior/hib/
How to Talk to Kids About Difficult Subjects
Caroline Knorr of Common Sense Media gives advice for talking to children about incidents of violence, racism and other difficult topics. The suggestions are focused on three age groups, children ages 2 to 6, 7 to 12. and teens.
Grades: PreK - 12
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/
how-to-talk-to-kids-about-difficult-subjects?utm_source=Edu_Newsletter_2018_02_27&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly#
How to Talk to Kids about Difficult Subjects
Common Sense Education provides guidelines for parents (and teachers) on how to talk about difficult subjects. Suggestions are divided by age level, for ages 2 to 6, ages 7 to 12 and teenagers.
Grades: PreK - 12
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/
how-to-talk-to-kids-about-difficult-subjects?utm_source=Edu_Newsletter_2018_02_27&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly
Keeping Our Kids Safe, Healthy & In School: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Abuse
The NJ Department of Education curated this collection of resources regarding the prevention, intervention and treatment of substance abuse. Resources include laws, state and federal agencies, as well as other organizations devoted to this issue.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/behavior/atd/
Keeping our Kids Safe, Healthy and in School
Part of the N.J. Department of Education webpage, this section focuses on Student Health, Student Behavior, Afterschool Programs, Social Services, Safe and Positive Learning Environment and Other Educational Services. Includes data, policies and guidelines, information about state programs, and many additional resources.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/
Ken Rigby
Education professor, Ken Rigby has researched the topic of bullying since 1990. This website defines bullying, and discusses what schools and parents can do to reduce and deal with bullying. He provides extensive information about various intervention strategies.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.kenrigby.net/02a-Defining-bullying-a-new-look
NJ Bullying.org
Developed by the NJ Coalition for Bullying Awareness this website includes links to related websites, a guide to selecting an anti-bullying program, how to get help to deal with bullying and other resources.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.njbullying.org/
Parenting Resources from The Fred Rogers Company
The Parenting Resources page suggests how parents, teachers and counselors can handle new and challenging situations with young children. Topics such as meeting someone with disabilities, dealing with death and tragic events in the news, provide helpful hints and many include video clips from the Mister Rogers program.
Grades: PreK - 2
http://www.fredrogers.org/FRC/parents.html
Preventing suicide: A global imperative
The World Health Organization (WHO), a branch of the United Nations, published this report about how nations can prevent suicide. The report is available in five languages. Additional links provide key messages and myths about suicide.
Grades: 6 - 12
http://www.who.int/mental_health/suicide-prevention/
world_report_2014/en/
Preventing Suicide: A Resource for Teachers and other School Staff
Published by the World Health Organization (WHO) this publication gives general information about the problem, risk factors and protective factors, how to identify a student at risk, and strategies for prevention.
Grades: 6 - 12
http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/
66801/WHO_MNH_MBD_00.3.pdf;jsessionid=928FDBFC4C129FB8B97AC2E75DCC7A76?sequence=1
School Psychology: Resources for Parents, Teachers and Psychologists
This site provides information about psychological conditions, disorders, and handicaps, which are often encountered in schoolchildren. With separate sections for parents, teachers and psychologists resources include links, guides, and recommended strategies.
Grades: K - 12
http://school-psychology.org/
StopBullying.gov
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this website provides information about bullying, cyberbullying, bullying victims, and ways to prevent and respond to bullying. It includes separate sections for Parents, Educators, Community, Teens and Kids, as well as video clips, state policies and laws, additional resources, and how to get help. A Spanish version of the website is available.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.stopbullying.gov/

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