University of Iowa College of Education faculty share tips for school counselors to help all students succeed. Check back often for more tips and insights on topics and issues that will empower school counselors with best practices, the latest research, and valuable resources.

Gifted Students

Susannah Wood, an associate professor at the University of Iowa’s College of Education and the program coordinator for the master’s program in school counseling, suggests starting close to home when seeking resources to assist in the counseling of a gifted student.

“Always go local first because they’re your best experts. Go find a teacher of the talented and gifted, or your gifted coordinator,” says Wood, who teaches both doctoral students and students pursuing their master’s in school counseling with an emphasis in gifted education in partnership with the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talented Development at the University of Iowa.

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Avoiding Burnout

Gerta Bardhoshi, an assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Iowa, specializes in helping school counselors prevent burnout as they provide critical assistance to students.

“Counselors often feel like they’re too emotionally exhausted to be able to stay engaged and remain vital in their jobs, and like they don’t have the supports necessary to meet the needs of all students,” she notes.

According to Bardhoshi, research indicates that a self-aware school counselor, one who is attentive to their own needs, is often more effective in their role and has a greater chance at longevity in the field.

“School counselors are really good about advocating for their students, but sometimes they need a little bit of encouragement in advocating for their roles,” says Bardhoshi.

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