This text reviews the principle roles and functions of a contemporary school counselor, including counseling, coordination, collaboration, and guidance--as defined by the American School Counselor Association. Editor Christopher A. Sink introduces the subject in the first chapter, and each subsequent chapter is written by a specialist in the field.
Every chapter follows a standard structure that includes an introduction, rationale, and definition of the topic, as well as a presentation of theory, research, and practical applications. Ethics, law, and diversity are integrated as they relate to the subject matter. The final chapter includes information on the use of technology in school counseling.
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Christopher Sink, Ph.D., NCC, LMHC, professor of Counselor Education at Seattle Pacific University (17+ years), has been actively involved with the school counseling profession for nearly 30 years. Prior to serving as a counselor educator, he worked as a secondary and post-secondary counselor. He has many years of editorial experience in counseling-related journals (e.g., ASCA's Professional School Counseling and ACA's Counseling and Values) and has published extensively in various areas related to school counseling and educational psychology. Chris is a strong advocate for systemic and strengths-based school-based counseling. Currently, his research agenda includes topics examining the outcomes of comprehensive school counseling programs, research methods in school counseling, and spirituality as an important feature of adolescent resiliency. Sink's (2011) latest book published by Brooks/Cole is called Mental Health Interventions for School Counselors, and Sink, Edwards, and Eppler's book, Group Counseling in the Schools, is to be published by Brooks/Cole. Dr. Sink also has a three-year Visiting Professor/Scholar appointment in the Faculty of Education and Theology, York St John University, York, England.Review:
1. The Contemporary School Counselor (Christopher Sink, Seattle Pacific University) I. The Counseling Function 2. Individual Counseling: From Good to Great (John Littrell and Kirk Zinck, Iowa State University) 3. Small Group Counseling (Ed Jacobs, West Virginia University, and Chris Schimmel, Marshall University, Graduate College) 4. Peer Programs and Family Counseling (Susan Whiston and Jennifer Bouwkamp, Indiana University, Bloomington) II. The Coordination Function 5. Designing, Implementing, and Managing a Comprehensive School Guidance and Counseling Program (Norman Gysbers, University of Missouri, Columbia; and Patricia Henderson, Consultant and Formerly with Northside Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas) 6. Large Group Guidance: Curriculum Development and Instruction (Susan Sears, The Ohio State University) 7. Preparing Students for the Future: Career and Educational Planning (Kenneth F. Hughey, Kansas State University) 8. Evaluating School Counseling Programs (Richard Lapan, University of Missouri, Columbia) III. The Consultation Function 9. School-Based Consultation (Keith Davis, Appalachian State University) 10. Community-Focused Consultation: New Directions and Practice (Fred Bemak, Sally Murphy, and Carol Kaffenberger, George Mason University) IV. Collaboration and the Future of the Profession 11. Enhancing Developmental School Counseling Programs Through Collaboration (Susan Keys and Alan Green, Johns Hopkins University) 12. Looking Ahead: The Future School Counselor (Christopher Sink, Seattle Pacific University) Appendix: American School Counselor Association Ethical Standards for School Counselors
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