This text profiles elementary school counselor Claudia Vangstad--her vision, identity, beliefs, capabilities, and behaviors--within the context of her school and community. The authors used Vangstad's experience to construct a model of a school counselor in action and provide a broad framework for thinking and working like one. Through the study of this example, students are encouraged to evaluate their own beliefs, values, vision, and identity.
Individual chapters include additional research to reinforce techniques and help students develop and use effective strategies. Each author provides a different theoretical perspective at the end of the chapter, focusing on either a counseling framework or a systems and developmental framework. A section entitled New Horizons provides suggestions for application of the ideas presented.
Designed to supplement any school counseling course, this book:
*is the first comprehensive portrait of the multi-faceted responsibilities of a real school counselor and an inspiring model for positive change in schools;
*presents a special focus on the role that group work plays in changing a culture;
*provides a mosaic of field-tested ideas, options, and concepts from an experienced counselor;
*places emphasis on the importance of school culture and the community context, as well as the socialization function of a comprehensive counseling program; and
*offers assistance to students in developing and using effective strategies, techniques, frameworks, and change-enhancing language.
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John M. Littrell, Ph.D., is the author of thirty-plus articles and five chapters in professional journals and books. During a Faculty Improvement Leave during the 1985-86 academic year, Dr. Littrell was a Fulbright Professor in Malaysia. His current area of interest is brief counseling, a way of speeding up the process of change. Dr. Littrell has presented twenty-five national and international brief counseling workshops for the American Counseling Association. Recently, he authored Brief Counseling in Action and produced five brief counseling videotapes. Currently, he is coauthoring a research-based book, Counselor as Educational Leader: Transforming a School Culture, based on an analysis of an outstanding elementary school counselor. In his spare time, he writes short-story mysteries based on famous counselors and therapists who solve murders that occur in their practice. Freud's story is titled Death on the Analyst's Couch.Review:
I. Building a Model of Excellence in School Counseling 1. Listening to a School Counselor's Stories 2. A Model of Excellence in School Counseling II. Ground the Self 3. Understanding Self 4. Understanding Change III. Realizing a Vision 5. Reading a School Culture 6. Acting Contextually 7. Designing a Developmental Curriculum 8. Guiding Students in Classrooms 9. Facilitating Groups 10. Counseling Individuals 11. Building Partnerships 12. Advocating for Children IV. Staying the Course 13. Planning, Organizing, and Persevering 14. Ensuring Comprehensive Renewal V. Taking the Next Steps 15. Adapting and Using the Model
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