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Mindfulness stories that help children calm down and learn social-emotional skills by guiding them through visualization and breathing exercises focused on kindness and fun science facts. Perfect for parents or teachers who want to teach mindfulness and self-regulation. Download the mp3, listen in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Leela Kids, or listen online at www.PeaceOutPodcast.com. Proud member of Kids Listen, a grass roots organization promoting content just for children.
 
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Want to learn more about Adventure and Experiential Education? Then this podcast is for you! Listeners of this podcast will get; - Adventure Programming Theory - Facilitation Tips - Activity Ideas - Industry Career Advice - Interviews from Industry Professionals High 5 Adventure Learning Center is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to helping individuals, teams, schools, communities and businesses improve the way they live, learn and work together. Connect with us at high5advent ...
 
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Attendance is important. You may be surprised to learn that even a small number of days missed can put students at risk of struggling academically. Even though we know it’s important, sometimes it can feel like we’re fighting an uphill battle when it comes to improving attendance for students who struggle. Beyond offering incentives, what more can …
 
Do connection activities actually help our participants connect? This was the topic of discussion in this live recorded episode of the podcast. It was recorded while attending the BOOST (Best Out-Of-School Time) 2022 Conference The contributors in this conversation; Phil Brown - @verticalplaypen Sam Copland - scopland@high5adventure.org Ian Hockley…
 
What if you had a simple, easy-to-use data tool that would help you make improvements to your program and give you a visual display you can show to your administrators and teachers so they can actually see the impact your program is having because of the work you do? This month, we are talking about data tools, and I have a special guest with me to…
 
This is a short update episode to let you know that VPP will be on the road! Phil will be bringing his microphones with him this busy training season to learn more about the life of a trainer and to interact with the diversity of people he meets along the way. If you would like to submit questions he should ask folks on his journey, you can submit …
 
Data collection is key to making improvements to your counseling program and advocating for your role. This month on the podcast we’re talking about data tools that I love to use. Today, we’re kicking it off with one of my all-time favorites, the behavior surveys. Joining us for this episode is a special guest, Jessica Weinberg. Jessica is a member…
 
Josh Nadzam (Co-founder of On The Move Art Studio) joins Phil to discuss; - Discovering the power of facilitation - Growing as a facilitator - Facilitating dialogue sessions and why it is so novel Learn more about Josh - https://www.joshnadzam.com/ Learn more about On the Move - https://www.onthemoveartstudio.org/home.html Email Josh - joshnadzam@g…
 
All month we’ve been talking about the interview process. First, I shared my own interview experience as a school counselor in episode 85. In episode 86, Lauren Tingle joined me to talk through questions and we did a mock interview. Last week, in episode 87, we learned about resume must-haves from Carol Miller, the go-to resume person for school co…
 
Joe Hirsch (Ted X Speaker and Author of "The Feedback Fix) joins Phil to discuss; - The qualities of positive and negative feedback - Moving from a feedback to a feedforward mindset - The feedback wrap - How we can empower our participants and colleagues using feedback Connect with Joe - joe@joehirsch.me Learn more about Joe's work - https://joehir…
 
Today, I interview the go-to resume person, Carol Miller. This episode is full of advice and wisdom from someone who knows exactly what school districts look for when they are going through resumes. According to Carol, only 1-2% of resumes she has seen are what would be considered “quality” resumes. Most of the resumes she sees are “really, really …
 
During our recent Ocean Adventure season, we talked about some very awesome and unique creatures and plants that live in the ocean. One thing that any animal lover (or anyone living on earth) needs to learn more about is how to stop plastic pollution. Plastic pollution not only hurts ocean life, but it hurts the whole earth. So I am sharing my podf…
 
Myriam Hadnes (workshops.work) joins Phil to discuss; - The importance of leaders role modeling vulnerability - The work before the work, assessing the needs of your clients - Why doing things you have never done before can enhance your facilitation skills Connect with Myriam - myriam@workshops.work Learn more about Myriam's work - http://workshops…
 
If you’re a recent graduate who is looking for your first school counseling job or if you’re an experienced counselor who is looking for a new job and you need to brush up on your interview skills, this episode is for you! Today I am joined by guest, Lauren Tingle. Together, we go over some of the common questions you may encounter in an interview …
 
The training team gather to discuss; - Facilitating a 1-day challenge course experience - Facilitating a multi-day challenge course experience - Advice on challenge course programming How to contact us: Phil Brown - pbrown@high5adventure.org OR @verticalplaypen on Instagram Chris Damboise - cdamboise@high5adventure.org Lisa Hunt - lhunt@high5advent…
 
Are you looking for a school counseling job? Whether you’re getting ready to graduate and trying to land your very first school counseling position or you’re a seasoned counselor who is looking for a new position, interviewing can be stressful. This episode comes straight out of my Stress Free School Counseling Bootcamp program. It’s totally FREE t…
 
Spring is finally here, and we can get outside and enjoy the sunshine! I love springtime because it's like a fresh rebirth. Spring is one of those times of the year when we emerge from our black holes and get rejuvenated and refreshed. In today’s episode, I’m sharing my favorite spring resources and some fun and unique ideas that you can implement …
 
Madeline Brooks (Executive Director - OnBelay) joins Phil to discuss; - Her introduction to the world of adventure education - How to create safe and trusting environments for those impacted by cancer - The work of OnBelay and how you are able to support that work Find out more about OnBelay - https://www.on-belay.org/ Donate - https://www.on-belay…
 
Providing counseling in a one-on-one setting is so powerful for our students who are experiencing extreme anxiety. Today, we are wrapping up our anxiety series with 4 effective strategies you can use to help your students cope with anxiety. If you missed the last three episodes, go back and check them out. In episode 80, you’ll hear me talk about w…
 
Andrew Florence (Director of Experiential Learning at Crossnore Communities for Children) joins Phil to discuss; - Holiday Traditions and how he entered this industry - Trauma Informed Facilitation and the bringing adventure and experiential programming to Crossnore - The alchemy of facilitation and trying to find your voice in this industry Learn …
 
All month we've been talking about anxiety, and today I'm going to talk specifically about how you can help students with anxiety through an anxiety small group. If you missed the last 2 episodes, be sure to check out episode 80 where I did crash course on anxiety, and episode 81 where I shared strategies for class counseling for anxiety. Small gro…
 
In this episode, the Training team discuss; - Training and preparing your participants to belay - Your role during this process - Advice on ensuring you and your participants are ready to belay How to contact us: Phil Brown - pbrown@high5adventure.org OR @verticalplaypen on Instagram Chris Damboise - cdamboise@high5adventure.org Lisa Hunt - lhunt@h…
 
I’m a big fan of doing class lessons. It’s a great way to plant seeds with students and teach them strategies they can use going forward that can empower them to be proactive instead of being reactive. In last week’s episode, we had a crash course on anxiety counseling. Today I want to give you three ideas of things that you can do in a class lesso…
 
Most students experience anxiety at some point in their lives. As school counselors, it’s important that we understand the different ways anxiety can show up in students and how to best support them. Typically, I give you counseling strategies and tools that you can use generally across topics, but I thought it would be helpful to go deeper on a sp…
 
Mark Suroviec (WorkPlay Solutions) joins Phil to discuss; - Finding joy in creating team experiences - The right time to try a new activity - Staying curious in our industry Learn more about Mark - workplaysolutions.com Listen to his podcast - WorkPlay Solutions Podcast Connections before Content - Virtual Workshop - Thursday March 10th - 3:30 - 5:…
 
Collecting data is so important for our students and our counseling programs. It helps us answer questions like: How can we teach this material to help the students better understand? How can we present this in a different way to help the student grow and to learn these coping strategies? How can we provide outside support or other resources to rea…
 
Don’t get me wrong…playing games like Jenga can be a fun and effective way to build relationships with students. To make the greatest impact in the lives of our students, we’ve got to build rapport with them. While playing games is great, it can be easy to get stuck when it comes to finding new ways to relate to our counseling students and get to k…
 
Today I am sharing an episode from the awesome Stoopkid Stories Podcast. It’s called Black History 365 and is a great introduction to why it’s so important that we learn about Black history and culture all year round, recognizing the amazing things that Black people have accomplished and the great and important things they're doing today! Did you k…
 
Scott Catucci (Associate Director - Outdoor Education / Student Development at Syracuse University) joins Phil to discuss; - Volunteering for AEE - Experiential Learning through music - Esports and Video games relationship to experiential learning Learn more about Syracuse's Recreation programs - https://www.syracuse.edu/life/recreation/ Connect wi…
 
Let’s celebrate! It’s National School Counseling Week! You are doing meaningful work, and you deserve to be recognized and celebrated. If you’re feeling awkward about bringing attention to yourself or you’re just not sure what to do to celebrate, I’ve got some fun ideas for you in this episode. Instead of thinking of this week as a way to promote y…
 
Do you ever feel like you’re just winging it during individual counseling sessions? When I first got started in individual counseling, I felt overwhelmed and unsure of what I was supposed to be doing during sessions with my students. I felt comfortable and confident during group sessions, but when it came to one-on-one sessions with students, I alw…
 
You guys want more data, and I am here for it! I thought I had talked about data enough, but after doing a poll to find out what your New Year’s goals are as school counselors, there were a few people who wanted to work with data more effectively and keep more data. You may be reluctant to start data tracking because you don’t really know where to …
 
Brad Moskowitz (Professor at Northern Vermont University) joins Phil to discuss; - Outdoor career paths for graduating students - Seasonal work and the need for a societal shift regarding outdoor adventure. - Facilitation fails and what we can learn from them. Connect with Brad; Email - brad.moskowitz@northernvermont.edu Learn more about Northern V…
 
This month I’m focusing on sourcing topics based on the feedback you gave me on your goals for the year. I had one of you say that their goal was to run at least five counseling groups this spring semester. This is a wonderful goal and totally doable. So, I want to share a few organizational strategies when it comes to small groups. Specifically, t…
 
CODE WORD CHALLENGE! Today’s episode is about the very interesting Batfish! They can “walk” and go “fishing” and some look like they’re wearing lipstick! This episode also contains the tenth and final code word that you’ll need to put together our ocean sentence about why we need to protect our oceans. Collect all 10 code words from our 10 ocean-th…
 
I recently put a poll out to find out what your counselor goals, or resolutions, are for 2022. I used your answers to plan for my podcast episodes for the month of January. One of the topics that came up a lot was creating an efficient schedule. We all know the feeling of creating a schedule and then experiencing all kinds of interruptions that com…
 
Common Murres are born on oceanside cliffs and can dive so well underwater with their strong wings that they look like they’re flying underwater! Learn more about these amazing seabirds as we power up our imaginations and do some fun mindfulness activities together. Want to win an ocean friend stuffed toy*? We’re giving away two toys at our live ev…
 
Happy 2022, school counselors! I hope you had a restful holiday break and are ready for what the next 12 months have in store for you! Do you enjoy this time of year, or not so much? I know people have mixed feelings about what comes with a new year, such as setting resolutions. Personally, I love setting goals and planning for what’s to come. Over…
 
What comes to mind when you hear “self-care”? We all know self-care is important, but what about self-care at work? There are actually ways to practice self-care at work that can make your life a little easier and relieve stress…and they have nothing to do with bubble baths and essential oils. In this episode, I’m sharing unexpected self-care tips …
 
Phil is joined by President Emeritus of the Global Organization of Tree Climbers, Harv Teitelbaum to discuss; - What recreational tree climbing is and what it provides those who climb. - What 1st drew him into the world of tree climbing and how you can find tree climbing trainers near you. - The importance of educating our participants about trees …
 
Tracking and collecting data throughout the school year is a must. In this episode, I’m sharing how you can conduct a mid-year data checkup so you can continually make changes to your program to better serve your counseling students. Sending a needs assessment to students, parents, and teachers is a great way to see how things are going with your p…
 
Hello everyone! We usually post a new episode every other week but this week I thought I’d share a holiday story that I wrote that was shared on the Story Time podcast. It’s about a boy named Henry who is having a tough time in a new neighbourhood…but things start to change once he starts making the biggest snowball of his life! It’s read by my fri…
 
In Part 2 of The Shared Experience, the group answers the following 2 questions; - How has the "Great Resignation" affected our industry? - How has the past 2 years influenced the way that we interact with our participants? Contributors to this episode were; Lisa Hunt - High 5 Trainer Danielle Chevalier - Field's of Recovery Hutch Hutchinson - Bost…
 
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