1st Edition

Administrative Leaders and School Counselors Building on Theories, Standards, and Experiences for Optimal Mental Health Collaboration

Edited By Lisa A. Wines, Judy A. Nelson, Natalie Fikac Copyright 2024
    364 Pages 12 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    364 Pages 12 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    364 Pages 12 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This practice-based text offers a roadmap to optimal collaboration for all school leaders – including counselors, superintendents, principals, and university faculty – to provide the best mental health outcomes for students.

    Administrative Leaders and School Counselors is a timely publication that creatively and cohesively authenticates the relationship between administrative leaders and school counselors. In order to systemically promote mental health consciousness and considerations for school counselors as practitioners and in training, collaboration among school leaders is essential for comprehensive school counseling programs, practices, funding, partnerships, and services designed for students. The first to feature perspectives from a diverse set of leadership positions in schools, the book provides individuals with exposure to educational leadership models and decisions that impact the roles of school counselors.

    The book will appeal to faculty who are teaching and training those who are or will ultimately be working as professional school counselors, counseling psychologists, or educational leaders such as principals, directors, department chairs, and superintendents.

    Part 1: Incorporating a Foundation of Mental Health in School Counseling 

    1. Mental and Behavioral Health in Schools  

    Judy A. Nelson, Lisa A. Wines, Natalie Fikac

    2. School Counselors’ Perspective of Mental Health in Schools  

    Chenda Moore

    3. Promoting Positive Mental Health in Changing Times  

    Lorry Royal

    4. Restorative Practices that Support Student Mental Health Concerns 

    Christina Shaw

    Part 2: Integrating Mental Health in the Development and Training of School Counselors 

    5. Leadership Models for School Counselors to Promote Mental Health  

    Sandy Benavidez and Natalie Fikac

    6. Training School Counselors in Graduate Programs to be Mental Health Conscious  

    Judy A. Nelson and Lisa A. Wines

    7.  Student Development and Performance in Academics, Intrapersonal, and Dispositions for School Counselors-in-Training to Address Mental Health Needs  

    Lisa A. Wines

    8. Dynamic School Counselor Professional Development Focusing on Continuous Mental Health Education 

    Natalie Fikac

    9.  Site Supervision and Mentorship: Practices that Influence Positive Mental Health in Schools 

    Sandy Benavidez and Kimberly McGough

    Part 3: Examining Mental Health Expertise in the Hiring and Retention of Highly Qualified School Counselors 

    10. Character and Disposition as Necessary Measures of Success for School Counselors’ as Mental Health Professionals  

    Jeni Janek

    11. What Directors Need to Know about the Comprehensive School Counseling Programs that Support Student Mental Health 

    Jennifer Akins

    12. Interviewing and Placement of School Counselors to Include Mental Health Practices  

    Amy Cmadalka, Laurie Rodriguez and Carla Voelkel

    13. Creating & Maintaining the Best School Counseling Team for Mental Health and Wellness Crow

    Monya Crow and Jill Adams

    Part 4: Developing, Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Comprehensive School Counseling Programs Utilizing a Mental Health Perspective 

    14. Managing Programs that Support Mental Health  

    Tisha Kolek

    15. Mental Health Considerations for District and School Level Crisis Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention Plans  

    Benny Malone

    16. Data Collection and Analysis Supporting Systemic Approaches to Mental Health  

    Ernest Cox

    17. Accountability Measures for Positive Mental Health  

    Loree Munro

    18. Utilizing Budgets, Grants, Donations, and Financial Audits to Support Mental Health  

    Seretha Augustine and Judy A. Nelson

    19. Partnerships that Streamline Mental Health Services in Schools

    Carlete Metoyer

    Part 5: Professional Advocacy to Ensure Mental Health Services for all Students  

    20. School Counselors Advocating for Mental Health Practices  

    Lesley Casarez

    21. Administrative Leaders and School Counselors Advocating for Supporting Mental Health in Their Programs

    Summer Martin


    Lisa A. Wines, Ph.D., LPC-S, CSC, is a professor at Prairie View A & M University and CEO of L & A Professional Services, LLC in Texas.

    Judy A. Nelson, Ph.D., LPC-S, CSC, is the sole proprietor of Nelson Consulting in Tucson, Arizona.

    Natalie Fikac, Ed.D., CSC, SMART, CTDLF, is the owner, CEO, and lead consultant at Wellness First Consulting in Texas.

    "With the need for mental health services, at an all-time high, this book comes at the right time. This is not only a book for school counselors, but also for administrators as they develop their team to better envelope the whole child. Administrative Leaders and School Counselors: Building on Theories, Standards, and Experiences for Optimal Mental Health Collaboration is a must read for future school counselors and those that lead them."

    Dr. Don Beck, Ed.D., Superintendent Marion ISD

    "Administrative Leaders and School Counselors: Building on Theories, Standards, and Experiences for Optimal Mental Health Collaboration provides an exceptional roadmap filled with evidenced-based resources, relevant information from experts in the field and equips administrative leaders and counselors with the tools necessary to create a system that embraces the plate on which all education rests, student mental wellness. As a former Director of Student Services, professional school counselor and licensed clinician, I highly recommend this book as go-to resource for both administrative leaders and school counselors."

    Dr. Jennifer Roberts, Ed.D., LPC-S, CSC, Regional Director for HOPE Squad