Featured Resource – The Free Mindfulness Project

Welcome to the first in our new series of “Featured Resource” posts! As we continue to build the Tool Library, we thought it would be helpful to introduce you to some of these tools with a little more detail and an invitation for you to provide your feedback. The featured resource this month is The Free Mindfulness Project.

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Clinical Psychologist Peter Morgan created this site to share a range of resources from videos and poetry to apps and discussion forums. What can you find on The Free Mindfulness Project? Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Guided Mindfulness Exercises – Whether you are looking for a meditation guide to take you through breathing awareness, imagery, or a body scan you’ll find multiple options here. You’ll also find a range of timed self-guided options available. Try the “5 minutes just bells” download for a quick mindfulness break at your desk. More than 25 files are available for you to download with an open, Creative Commons license (CC: BY-NC-SA).
  • How is my mind right now? – “We are living in an increasingly busy world. Often we are wrapped up in thoughts and feelings, constantly moving from one thing to the next without a moment’s peace.” Sound familiar? This brief page provides the place to begin your mindfulness journey.
  • Discussion Forum – Are you interested in talking to other people about mindfulness? This site provides a link to Everyday-mindfulness.org, an active online community in which you can join conversations and groups to learn more.

While this site’s blog and Twitter account have not been active recently, the resources listed above remain available and relevant.

What do you like about The Free Mindfulness Project? What is your favorite mindfulness tool? We’re looking forward to your feedback. 🙂

P.S. You may not be surprised that I would pick a mindfulness tool first. I have been a fan of the Stop, Breathe & Think app for years now, and continue to be amazed at the growing focus on mindfulness in education. If you are interested in learning more, please take a look at my recent interview with Coach and Counselor Tiffany Guske – Mindful Online Teaching and Learning.

Namaste, my friends. 🙂

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Introducing … Our New Tool Library!

Are you looking for ideas or resources to support your career counseling or coaching work? Make your first stop our new online Tool Library.

We’ve categorized a collection of tools into nine primary subject areas: Anxiety, Career, Eating, Elementary, Family, Mindfulness, Recovery, Transitions, and Trauma. Each subject is divided into four tool types: Blogs and Podcasts, Apps, Twitter accounts, and Websites.

This resource is in ongoing development, and we’ll officially launch it at the NCDA Annual Conference in Houston this June. Our session “Share and Share Alike: Peer-Recommended Tech Tools that Bridge the Distance in Career Developmentwill include an overview of the resources as well as our favorite tools of the past year. We’ll also get attendees involved in sharing their recommendations during and after the session.

In the meantime, take some time to review what we’ve built so far. For a guided tour of the Tool Library, click on the image below for a brief screencast:

We welcome your feedback in the comments below.

  • What other types of tools would you want to see us include in the future?
  • How easy (or difficult) is the library to use?

 

 

 

Snap This! A Snapchat Experiment in Teaching Career Development

We had an amazing time at the NCDA Global Conference this year! Thanks to all of the organizers and attendees for the many effective learning and community-building opportunities. And a special thanks to all who joined our session on site! If you were not able to attend the conference, you can catch up on some of the event’s highlights by searching Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the event hashtag: #NCDAPhoenix.

In this post, we are excited to share our Snapchat presentation. It includes some Snapchat basics, along with a description of how we used Snapchat this past year in our courses – both campus-based (Deb) and online (Melissa). We each shared our goals for integrating social media, some lessons learned, tips for getting started, a list of suggested activities, and additional resources (also provided below).


Additional Resources

Are you using Snapchat with your students? If so, we’d love to hear more about your experience! If you aren’t using Snapchat, but are thinking about it, please add your questions to the comments here, so we can respond and continue the conversation.

Happy snapping. 😉

The Career Practitioner’s Guide to Conducting a Webinar

This week I (Melissa) had the privilege of not only attending NCDA’s Career Practitioner Institute in Charleston, SC, but also presenting. When I was approached about developing a session related to technology, I quickly identified this topic – it’s one I field questions about fairly frequently.

Are you interested in presenting a webinar? This presentation offers an overview to get you started. Two tools are outlined, as well as a checklist to make sure you cover key tasks before, during, and after your live session.

Thanks to all who attended in person for sharing their questions, stories, and feedback! Please continue the conversation in the comments area of this post. What are your questions about webinar delivery? What are your tips for those just getting started?

Happy 2018!!!

New Year’s Day is here, as is the annual setting of goals. It’s no different for the tech twins. As we are getting ready for classes to commence, how to integrate Snapchat into our teaching is fresh on our minds, as is the determination to make this go round better than the last. One lesson learned was that it’s probably best to dive into the tool first before just launching into it – but let’s be honest, if I (Deb) were to wait until I felt completely comfortable about using a tool, I’d probably never use it! That being said, the first resolution I have is to go on Snapchat every day and spend 5 minutes looking at the stories. I’ve been doing that for about a week now, and already learned a lot and come up with some new ideas to try:

  • Who would you seek out advice on…? (this semester the course is consultation)
  • Top tens. Ten proofs that ____ works. Or, ten of the best….
  • If you do these 5 things, you’re probably not cut out to be a … (consultant, career counselor, etc.).
  • Trends in ____ (career counseling, salaries for different groups, consultation)
  • Top ten emerging jobs.
  • This top consultant did WHAT!?! (think clip bait).

My second resolution was to start following people.

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I did a search on who to follow, and started adding people. I added all the folks from this article today. My favorite so far has been NASA. I wasn’t sure what “following” them meant, but found out if I went to stories, if they posted, I would see it – and I’ve learned some neat ideas (not sure how they do it but am sure I can figure it out), such as:

  • Link to a website. “Swipe up to learn…” and I can link to an article, or a blog, or a video.
  • Take a poll and share the results immediately.
  • Give 5 reasons why they should/shouldn’t do X.

So far, so good on the two goals. I’ve also started posting daily -might as well – I’m there already, right? It’s a week before class starts, so I decided to pull up the syllabus to see what topics I’m covering and to start thinking about how I might enhance the information with Snapchat. I’ve found the syllabus to be a bit too vague (e.g., consultation steps or consult variables), so I may have to dive into the lectures to see if any key points yield more creative options. Would love to hear from those of you who incorporate Snapchat into your teaching. What are you doing? What has worked well?