As we begin our journey to becoming School Counselor's we are excited for the journey through the program & what lies ahead in our altruistic career. Well, until we take group, learn about Yalom, authenticity & get confused trying to determine what it means to be in the here-and-now. [Feel free to laugh now, its safe here & you're not alone]. Eventually we find ourselves, in the here-and-now, reduce our utterances during sessions, master those basic skills, survive practicum & internship & discover what our personal theory of counseling is and how it will define us as we venture towards our next beginning, a school counseling job.
This new beginning might be the scariest of all, despite the wealth of knowledge & training that has lead us to the point. Perhaps it's the scariest of all because of the unknown, not knowing how our role as School Counselor will be defined, or how we will be defined (hopefully not by the"G" word). Here too, we eventually find our way and put to use all of those tools in our tool belt, build confidence & continue to grow.
As time progresses and the "big" new beginnings fade, we learn that as School Counselor's we will always have the opportunity for "beginnings" with every student we see, every concern they share & with the start of each new school year.
We will always be tasked with advocating, not just for others, but also for ourselves, and how our role is defined. Throughout our careers we will experience excitement, fear, accomplishment and sometimes loneliness; but at the end of each day we have the opportunity to reflect (and we should), and at the beginning of each day we have the opportunity to reboot & begin again.
Our journey is long, and sometimes an immense opportunity for self acceptance, growth & development, but also a time to appreciate our great opportunity to always begin again.
Take some time this week to reflect on how you reflect at the end of each day and reboot & begin again each school day.
Our ability to allow time & space for ourselves determines our ability to live & to love in our own space.
Welcome to School Counselor Space. Please comment below on how you end & begin each day & the pros and cons associated with your methods. This is our space, this is our time.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Franciene Sabens, M.S. Ed., LPC, NCC is a Litigation Paralegal turned School Counselor. I am passionate about helping today's youth reach their full potential and become well adjusted members and contributers to our society. I live for my students and fight for their success each day. I still have so much to learn, but my enormous appetite for learning more about my profession and results driven practices keeps me motivated no matter the tempests I face. On a personal level, I enjoy laughing, dancing (if you can call it that), drinking great coffee and Pinot Grigio and spending time with my family. In my professional world I love integrating technology into my program, working towards goals & learning new things. Follow me on Twitter @FSabens and share your wisdom and experience on my blog.