Transforming the School Counseling Profession

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Accountability. Transformation. Achievement.


Leading minds in the field share their expertise with the common goal of Transforming the School Counsleing Profession. Discover innovative insights and new perspectives on school counseling from Bradley Erford and the following contributors:


Patrick Akos, Deryl Bailey, Stuart Chen-Hayes, Yvette Getch, Sam Gladding, Gary Goodnough, Edwin Herr, Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, Reese House, Carol Kaffenberger, Vivian Lee, Erin Leff, Lynn Linde, Pat Martin, Debbie Newsome, Spencer Niles, Rachelle Perusse, Elana Rock, Linda Seligman, Amber Throckmorton, Susan Whiston



Open this book and find:

  • A guide to ten essential roles filled by professional school counselors.
  • An emphasis on connecting the school counseling program to the mission of the school.
  • Early coverage of outcomes research and its relationship to school counseling interventions and programs.
  • An emphasis on advocacy, professional issues, and multicultural competence.
  • New chapters on creating systematic, data-driven school counseling programs and accountability.
  • Revised material on collaboration, consultation, and parent involvement.
  • Strong coverage of developmentalclassroom guidance, students with mental/emotional disorders, youth at risk, and students with disabilities.
  • Resources appropriate for introductory counseling courses, professional school counselors, and counselors in training.

"...this text is a necessary tool for a school counselor's professional library... I tell my students this is one book they do not want to resell."

Tarrell Portman, University of Iowa


 "This book is one of a kind, and provides invaluable guidance for transforming the school counseling profession."

Tovah Sands, California State University, Northridge


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Editorial Reviews

Designed as an introduction to the school counseling profession, this book may also serve as a school counseling program development resource. Coverage includes historical roots of the field, ethical, legal, and professional issues, education and career planning with students, and parental involvement, as well as counseling interventions using expressive arts, helping students with mental and emotional disorders, conflict resolution and peer mediation, and multicultural competence. Appendices offer codes and standards. Case studies and vignettes are included to stimulate classroom discussion. Erford teaches in the counseling program at Loyola College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130273420
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 4/22/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 546
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Transforming the school counseling profession 1
Ch. 2 Historical roots and future issues 13
Ch. 3 Outcomes research on school counseling interventions and programs 38
Ch. 4 Ethical, legal, and professional issues in school counseling 51
Ch. 5 Multiculturally competent school counselors : affirming diversity by challenging oppression 74
Ch. 6 Achievement advocacy for all students through transformative school counseling programs 98
Ch. 7 Creating a systemic, data-driven school counseling program 121
Ch. 8 Developmental classroom guidance 142
Ch. 9 Counseling individuals and groups in school 168
Ch. 10 Promoting educational and career planning in schools 195
Ch. 11 Consultations, collaboration, and parent involvement 211
Ch. 12 Accountability 236
Ch. 13 Counseling youth at risk 279
Ch. 14 Conflict resolution and peer mediation in schools 304
Ch. 15 The professional school counselor and students with disabilities 318
Ch. 16 Helping students with mental and emotional disorders 351
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