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Listening Effectively - Tips from a Student (Video)  

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A good, brief video to open up the topic of listening. 
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3 Million LEGO Bricks in One Room #dailysswscoop

3 Million LEGO Bricks in One Room #dailysswscoop | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
Smart videos for curious minds of all ages: Science, art, nature, animals, space, technology, DIY, food, music, animation, and more! The Kid Should See This is a free video resource for parents, teachers, and kids of all ages. Watch a huge collection of high-quality, kid-friendly, age appropriate, educational videos together at home, during homeschool, or in the classroom. Click play and start a conversation.
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This is just super cool. Many kids are great at building Lego models.  This video would lend itself to talking about strengths.  Follow up questions would be a simple see, think, wonder:  What do you see?  What do you think?  What do you wonder?
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20+ Inside Out Clips to Help Teach Children About Feelings - The Helpful Counselor

20+ Inside Out Clips to Help Teach Children About Feelings - The Helpful Counselor | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
The Disney Pixar movie Inside Out was an instant hit at the box office. Children, teens, adults and especial counselors are drawn to the movie’s relateable characters and life challenges. As mentioned above, counselors anticipated the release of Insid
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Great movie!  Some of this clips might be helpful in starting discussions of feelings. 
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When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges

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By identifying thinking routines for students, teachers can help deepen metacognitive skills that are applicable to all areas of life.
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Great article for understanding the Cultures of Thinking work and how it can assist kids in becoming good problem-solvers.
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Cultures of Thinking and Social Work - Michigan Association of School Social Workers

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This is the latest installment of the Cultures of Thinking for SSWs blog.  Do you wonder instead of ask questions?
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What’s your perspective? 

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Remember the internet buzz about what color is the dress?
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This is number 2 in a four part series.  The next one will come out in a few weeks.
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Cultures of Thinking and Social Work - An Introduction #MASSW16

Cultures of Thinking and Social Work - An Introduction  #MASSW16 | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it

Thinking. It is such a common word, yet students struggle each day to deeply think past surface answers, to justify their responses, and to stretch their thinking. In 2000, Dr. Ron Richhart , a senior research associate at Project Zero in the Harvard Graduate School of Education, embarked on a journey to create a Culture of Thinking to develop “both the individual and the group as effective learners and thinkers able to engage with and adapt to a changing world.” This sounds like a lofty ambition, but as I listened to teachers in my school discussing their newly designed lesson plans and observed students engaged in cultures of thinking routines, I quickly discovered how the Culture of Thinking (CoT) core principles could easily be intertwined into my interactions with students as a school social worker.

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Pleased to announce MASSW's first BLOG posting with Jennifer Hollander.  #massw16

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The Progress-Focused Approach: 21 Progress-Focused Techniques

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Several informal surveys have given an impression of the relative popularity of different progress-focused techniques. The following 21 techniques seem to belong to the most well-known and popular progress-focused techniques: scaling questions, the past success question, the preferred future question, the platform question, the exception seeking question, reframing, indirect compliments, the miracle question, summarizing in the words of the client, the what-is-better question, normalizing, the usefulness question, the observation question, the perspective change question, the coping question, the continuation question, the prediction suggestion, leapfrogging, and mutualizing. Below is a description of these techniques. 

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These might be helpful to incoorporate into your practice to help students, teachers and parent make positive changes.

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Solution Focused Therapy Primer

The purpose of this Preliminary Treatment Manual is to offer an overview to the general structure of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). This manual will follow the standardized format and include each of the components recommended by Carroll and Nuro (1997). The following sections are included: (a) overview, description and rationale of SFBT; (b) goals and goal setting in SFBT; (c) how SFBT is contrasted with other treatments; (d) specific active ingredients and therapist behaviors in SFBT; (e) nature of the client-therapist relationship in SFBT; (f) format; (g) session format and content; (g) compatibility with adjunctive therapies; (h) target population; (i) meeting needs of special populations; (j) therapist characteristics and requirements; (j) therapist training; and (k) supervision.

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My New Year's Resolution is to examine how this is useful in schools.  

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Star Wars for Speakers: 10 Fun and Practical Tips

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May the Force be with you! Princess Leia, Yoda, and others can make you a better public speaker.
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Some of these are funny- might be great to use with a group of kids or in a presentation- especially the Yoda quote. 

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inspirED -

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InspirED-born out of a partnership between Facebook and the
Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence-is an online community
designed by educators, teens, and experts in social and emotional
learning (SEL) to help high school students and educators work
together to create the best possible learning communities.
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A great website that features many activities for individuals or small groups, classroom discussion, or larger projects.  

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Teaching with Comics | Bitstrips for Schools- #massw2015

Teaching with Comics | Bitstrips for Schools- #massw2015 | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
Bring comics to the classroom with educational software that helps students create, share and collaborate on comics - without drawing a line. Use Bitstrips for Schools to teach reading comprehension, writing and digital literacy.
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This was shared at the #MASSW2015 Friday keynote as a way to construct and reconstruct situations that they face. There is also a free app as well.
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Susan Boyle Audition & Tearing Off Labels #Whytry

On April 11th, Susan Boyle was on Britains Got Talent. A 47 year old lady who lives with her cat and has never been kissed takes the stage. She sings a song ...
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This was shared at #oaklandssw #WhyTry two day training.  Great video to talk about dreams and tearing off negative labels. How could you use this in your educational practice?

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Try to do- A Great Video that Demonstrates What Learning is Like  #dailysswscoop

A story about a big squirrel and a baby squirrel. Subscribe to my current channel! www.youtube.com/thealdywaldy Follow me on Twitter! @agamos
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What an awesome video to show what it takes to learn a new school and achieve a goal   Great conversation starter for adults and kids. 
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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create an Interactive Series of Videos #dailysswscoop

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create an Interactive Series of Videos #dailysswscoop | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
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This is a great new feature of You Tube. I could see this being used to help kids make social story videos. The thought bubbles could tell thoughts or show positive self-talk. The choices could allow them to make good and not so good choices and see what happens. What great potential!  Thanks @rbryne
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The Backwards Brain Bicycle - Mentioned in #AggressionReplacementTherapy Training

Riding a bicycle is a life skill we learn as kids that sticks with us for a lifetime. Once you learn it, you never forget it. But what if there was a special kind of bike that will make everything you learned useless? You may think that I am saying nonsense, but there is actually a bike that nobody can ride unless they unlearn riding a bike. Watch the video and you’ll understand.

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This example shows how patterns in the brain become deep rooted and how long it takes to unlearn something.  If a child has learned how to deal with anger in an inappropriate way, how much time will it take to learn an appropriate way.  This video leads to some great discussion and motivation.  Check it out.  
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Free Technology for Teachers: ClassDojo Presents a New Series of Videos on Growth Mindset

Free Technology for Teachers: ClassDojo Presents a New Series of Videos on Growth Mindset | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
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Just saw the first video.  Loved that it really reinforces the concepts of "yet" and "dip".  Great discussion starter. 
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Great Video To Show Benefit of Teamwork 

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Thanks Mia Hall for sharing this video.  This shows what happens when people stay together.  Great for any team development. 
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Part Two- What's Your Perspective? - Cultures of Thinking Blog for SSWs #massw16

Part Two- What's Your Perspective? - Cultures of Thinking Blog for SSWs #massw16 | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it

our thoughts of how we view a situation. It starts world wars. It creates conflict. It divides people. Developing empathy through understanding others ends conflict and unites people.

  

Our perspective provides a framework for our thoughts and gives us the foundation for how we begin to form those thoughts and opinions. As we begin to build a culture of thinking in our social work practices, we want to ensure that we are that we are providing opportunities for student to take their thinking to a deeper level and to develop a greater empathetic response. The thinking routine Step Inside is the perfect platform for our goal.

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This is the exciting second installment of our Cultures of Thinking Blog. Join Jennifer at Oakland Schools on Wednesday March 2.

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Art of Social Work Blog

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Welcome! My name is Kristina Marcelli Sargent and I created this blog as a place where creative expression and social emotional wellbeing can become one.  I am a mental health therapist and work with children and their families in both an outpatient and community based setting.  I also have an undergraduate degree in art and creative writing and have written and illustrated the children’s books, Buttons the Brave Blue Kitten, a story about separation anxiety intended to help children develop empathy and give adults the skills to reinforce its development, and Ursula Unwinds Her Anger, a book to teach children mindfulness skills.

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This is a great resource for some new and creative ideas.

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What is Solution-Focused Brief Therapy :: sfbta.org

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What is Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)?

As the name suggests, it is about being brief and focusing on solutions, rather than on problems. We learned a long time ago that when there is a problem, many professionals spend a great deal of time thinking, talking, and analyzing the problems, while the suffering goes on. It occurred to a team of mental health professionals at the Brief Family Therapy Center that so much time and energy, as well as many resources, are spent on talking about problems, rather than thinking about what might help us to get to solutions that would bring on realistic, reasonable relief as quickly as possible.

 

We discovered that problems do not happen all the time. Even the most chronic problems have periods or times when the difficulties do not occur or are less intense. By studying these times when problems are less severe or even absent, we discovered that people do many positive things that they are not fully aware of. By bringing these small successes into their awareness and repeating the successful things they do when the problem is less severe, people improve their lives and become more confident about themselves.

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A website dedicated to Solution Focused Brief Therapy.  How might this be used with students?

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Short Workouts for Social-Emotional Learning

The social-emotional “workouts” we offer here (ten in all) are a great starting place to help your students flex their social-emotional muscles.
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SEL doesn't need to be too complicated.  This suggests a teacher can take less than 15 minutes a day.  

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Tough Kids Presentation & Resources @OaklandSchools

Tough Kids Presentation & Resources @OaklandSchools | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
The Tough Kid Series, a library of books and resources to help educators and parents succeed with those kids who display the most challenging behaviors. What do you do when a kid looks you straight in the eye and absolutely refuses to comply with your request? Maybe he calls you names, or throws a tantrum, or becomes withdrawn. The Tough Kid Series is a comprehensive library of practical, research-based strategies that help you deal with a range of behavioral issues.
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Author, Bill Jenson, speaking today at #OaklandSchools.

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CBT Worksheets For Therapy & Self-Help PDF | Psychology Tools

CBT Worksheets For Therapy & Self-Help PDF | Psychology Tools | Engaging Therapeutic Resources and Activities | Scoop.it
Free PDF Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CBT Worksheets, Leaflets, Materials, Resources, Handouts, Self-Help and More. For psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers, CBT therapists, and other mental health professionals.
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This was shared at our Community of Practice.

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Stone Soup -We all have something to share #MASSW15

The story of the stone soup for Between the lions. Directed by Adriana Genel and produced by Wolfgang Romero.
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Great story to talk about us having something to give and what happens when we work together. 

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