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Being a College Counselor on Today's Campus

Roles, Contributions, and Special Challenges, 1st Edition

By Bruce S. Sharkin


192 pages

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There has been increasing attention in recent years, both positive and negative, on college student mental health and the provision of counseling services on campus. At the same time, there continue to be misperceptions of college counselors, both within and outside college campuses. Drawing on over 20 years of experience as a college counselor, Dr. Sharkin addresses these misunderstandings, providing a detailed description and discussion of the many roles and contributions these professionals have.

He explores topics such as the history of college counseling and its evolution, who college counselors are, how someone can become a college counselor, and what skills are needed to be a college counselor today. Roles and responsibilities, including counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, outreach, and administrative duties, are discussed in detail and supplemented with both research and case studies. Diversity competencies and special challenges faced by today’s college counselors are also considered. This engaging and accessible book will be a valuable resource for those already working in college mental health settings and those wishing to enter the field.


"Dr. Sharkin brings his years of expertise as a college counseling staff member to bear in this accessible and comprehensive overview of the issues impacting college counselors in higher education. It is rare to find a text that blends research so well with practical wisdom." - Brian Van Brunt, President, American College Counseling Association, USA

"This book captures the essence of what it truly means to be a college counselor. Dr. Sharkin’s insights add a personal touch to illustrate some of the complex challenges facing counselors today. An excellent resource for any student or administrator who wonders ‘What do college counselors do?’" - Julie Perone, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling and Psychological Serives, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

"Dr. Sharkin has provided the profession with an excellent overview of college counseling that should be required reading by all who are entering the field and the administrators whose job includes oversight of a college counseling center. His considerable experience informs the reader and places in context the importance of a counseling center on a college campus." - Perry C. Francis, EdD, Professor and Counseling Training Clinic Coordinator, Eastern Michigan University

Table of Contents

The Specialty Field of College Counseling. The Primary Roles and Responsibilities of College Counselors. Additional Roles and Contributions to Campus Life. Professional Activities of College Counselors. Being a Diversity-Competent College Counselor. Special Challenges for College Counselors. The Future Outlook.

About the Author

Bruce S. Sharkin, PhD, is a staff psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at Kutztown University. Currently, he serves as administrative director and chair of his department.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health