Holy smokes, I've been bad with keeping up with this! As previously posted, I am currently working as an elementary school counselor split between two schools. There are full time counselors at both schools and I love having a co-counselor to work with! As it is my 2nd year in this new position, I have learned many new ways to conduct my counseling program with my caseloads. Some of my old systems are not necessarily as efficient anymore. I have already started thinking about new ways to document. Currently I have been using a notebook with sticky flags to write my student notes in. (I do not write detailed notes, keep it simple for reference only). This is also where I write down any parent contacts, meetings, etc. pertaining to students. Next year, I have decided to officially become a binder person! :) I still plan to use technology for recording student contacts (see previous post about google forms).
As far as my individual student notes I will be using a binder system. In my binder I will also keep my classroom lesson and group schedules and any other information I may need to get to quickly and use as documentation. I have created two forms that I will put in my binder concerning individual students. The first form is my individual counseling log. I like being able to see how many times I see a particular student in a year. Each year, students will get a new sheet if needed. There is a place for the date and scale #. I like to use a likert scale for each session and will record there progress here.
You can download my individual counseling form here and my consultation form here.
Having a plan for documentation always makes me feel so smart and organized! :)
I am always looking for new ways to document what I do...what do you use?