Counseling Today's Secondary Students: Practical Strategies, Techniques & Materials for the School Counselor

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9780787966980: Counseling Today's Secondary Students: Practical Strategies, Techniques & Materials for the School Counselor

Proven, practical techniques and suggestions cover all aspects of secondary school guidance and counseling, with reproducible developmental activities, forms, letters, and more. Included are strategies and tips for solving students' personal adjustment problems, college admissions, and more.

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This timely resource is packed with ready-to-use techniques, activities and tools to help junior and senior high school counselors save time and do a better job in guiding and counseling students in today's rapidly changing world. Written by the authors of the best-selling Survival Guide for the Secondary School Counselor (1987), it reflects the current shift in school counseling from traditional reactive services to planned, sequential, and developmental programs supported by a series of connected activities that use counselor strengths in the most effective way.

For easy use, the book is printed in a spiral-bound format that folds flat for desktop use and photocopying of full-page forms, and organized into four sections that mirror four major adolescent growth areas. Here's an overview of the topics covered in each section.

Educational development: Fostering a love of learning and achievement in all students...Encouraging long-range academic planning...Clarifying the role of homework...Bringing the serious underachiever around...Working with those who have learning disabilities...Developing orientation programs...Counseling students from diverse backgrounds...Communicating with administration and parents...Maintaining high ethical standards

Personal and social development: Helping students build a positive self-concept...Teaching commitment and responsibility...Handling situations involving sexual harassment...Dealing with child abuse and neglect...Recognizing depression and risk for suicide...Identifying and referring students with anorexia nervosa and bulimia...Counseling students with different sexual preferences

Post-secondary educational development: Advising students on college planning...Using a college decision-making model to help students complete applications...Constructing a six-rung ladder for college selection...Encouraging students to look beyond "name" schools...Counseling toward public colleges and universities...Advising the student athlete and students with disabilities...Submitting applications...Admission testing...Financial planning and aid...Working with seniors, grads, and parents...Using the media and technology in college planning

Career development: Connecting school learning with the world of work...Looking at the future workforce, jobs, the value of higher education, and "hot professions" of the 21st century...Exploring students' individual interests, abilities and experiences... Identifying on-the-job requirements and expectations...Job interviewing techniques

Plus you'll find scores of useful forms, checklist, letters, information handouts and other aids you can copy "as is" or easily adapt to your particular needs, and most chapters provide "Suggested Readings" you can go to for additional help.

In short, Counseling Today's Secondary Students gives you virtually everything you need to stay in step with the school counselor's changing professional role from sole deliver of guidance and counseling services to the orchestrate of those services, working in collaboration with teachers, administrators, parents, and the community.

About the Author:

Kenneth W. Hitchner (A.B., Dickinson College; Ed.M. and Ed.S., Rutgers University), currently a counselor at East Brunswick High School in New Jersey, has been a practicing secondary school counselor for 30 years, serving in several New Jersey school districts, he is also a past vice-president of the New Jersey School Counselor Association, a frequent conference presenter and author of articles in various educational publication.

Anne Tifft-Hitchner (B.A., Georgian Court College; M.A., St. John's University), has taught in grades seven through junior college, primarily chemistry and physics at East Brunswick High School and English at The Peddie School in Hightstownm, NJ, and has served extensively as a student advisor. She currently chairs the Hightstown-East Windsor chapter of the Mercer County New Jersey Human Relations Commission.

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