Counselors, psychologists, and other mental health professionals know that students benefit from an opportunity to develop coping strategies, especially when these strategies help students cope with problems that they cannot control. Using this worksheet, a student is guided to intentionally identify supportive, productive actions both the student and others can take when a problem is adversely affecting the student. Like carrying an umbrella on a cloudy day in case it rains, this worksheet outlines a plan just in case a problem arises. Developing a plan for a potential problem helps give students a sense of predictability and security when problems beyond their control “rain down” on them.
Read the blog post about this strategy at: http://thethreesquarepegs.com/2014/07/22/the-umbrella-plan-a-counseling-strategy-for-planning-ahead-just-in-case/