Transforming the School Counseling Profession (4th Edition) (Merrill Counseling (Hardcover))

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From one of the most respected authors in the field—a revision of the book that is transforming the way thousands of professional school counselors approach their work with students

 

This book explains in a clear, concise manner how school counselors can effectively intervene systemically and personally on behalf of students, and how systemic, data-driven school counseling programs are effectively implemented through important leadership, advocacy, accountability, and diversity initiatives. School counselors in training get invaluable advice for preparing to enter their careers as a professional school counselors, and experienced professional school counselors and counselor supervisors get new perspectives and detailed descriptions for program development. Important foundational issues in developmental classroom guidance, individual and group counseling, consultation, collaboration and parental involvement, career and educational planning, and ethics and the law are introduced in easy to understand language, and illustrated with examples, case studies, and vignettes.

 

This updated information in this revision helps readers keep pace with the rapidly changing field by accurately reflecting the changes in practice and in the literature, and by providing direction and leadership for future practice and scholarship.

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One of the most respected authors in the field lends his expertise to this revision of the text that is transforming the way thousands of professional school counselors approach their work with students. Transforming the School Counseling Profession shows clearly how school counselors can effectively intervene systemically and personally on behalf of students—and how systemic, data-driven school counseling programs are effectively implemented through important leadership, advocacy, accountability, and diversity initiatives. This clearly written guide gives school counselors in training invaluable advice for preparing to enter their careers as a professional school counselors, and offers experienced professional school counselors and counselor supervisors get new perspectives and detailed descriptions for program development. Included are:

  • A systemic, data-driven approach to comprehensive school counseling programming: Students get systems-level perspectives to help focus on system-wide intervention rather than on one student at a time.
  • The best thinking in the field: Readers get a look at what experienced practitioners/researchers have to say about the issues in chapters written by top authors in the field.
  • A look at the concepts in actual practice through examples of how counseling is actually done in today’s schools
  • Entire chapters devoted to areas of critical importance to school counselors: The outcomes of research in school counseling, accountability in counseling, and implementing the ASCA National Model.

New to this Edition:

 

  • NEW! An all-new Chapter 11, Academic Development and Planning for College and Career Readiness K-12, focuses on school counselor competencies to promote academic and college access for every K-12 student.
  • NEW! Major revisions to three key chapters:
    • Chapter 2, The ASCA National Model: Developing a Comprehensive, Developmental School Counseling Program now provides an overview of the Third Edition of the ASCA National Model (ASCA, 2012) and how it can be applied to practice in the schools.
    • Chapter 4, Systemic, Data-Driven School Counseling Practice and Programming for Equity, now reflects evolutionary changes in systemic school counseling program and practice philosophy.
    • Chapter 9, Leadership and Advocacy for Every Student’s Achievement and Opportunity
  • NEW! Cultural Reflections sections in nearly every chapter provide reflective questions aimed at getting counselor trainees to consider how every topic in the book requires culturally sensitive modifications.
  • NEW! Theory into Practice features in nearly every chapter provide brief passages by professional school counselors that demonstrate real-life examples of practitioners applying theory and concept s to actual practice. Students get concrete applications.
  • NEW! Revisions have been made to the PowerPoint slides available to instructors and the test questions provided in the Instructor’s Manual.
  • NEW! More than 70% of the references are as recent as 2005, and about one-third as recent as 2010.

About the Author:

Bradley T. Erford, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, LPC, LP, LSP, is the 2012-2013 President of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and a professor in the school counseling program of the Education Specialties Department in the School of Education at Loyola University Maryland. He has authored or edited more than 24 books. His research specialization falls primarily in development and technical analysis of psycho-educational tests and outcomes research and has resulted in the publication of more than 60 refereed journal articles, more than 100 book chapters, and 15 published tests. He has received numerous awards for his scholarship and service to the counseling profession from ACA and the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC), organizations within which he has held numerous leadership positions.

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