The mission of this forty-eight chapter Handbook is to provide a comprehensive reference source that integrates counseling theory, research and practice into one volume. It is designed to meet the needs of entry-level practitioners from their initial placement in schools through their first three to five years of practice. It will also be of interest to experienced school counselors, counselor educators, school researchers, and counseling representatives within state and local governments.
Section 1: Introduction to the Field of School Counseling. History of School Counseling.A Concept of Best Practices in Training School Counselors. School Counseling: Moving Towards Standards and Models. Student Accomplishment: Equity and the School Counselor’s Role. Understanding Yourself as a School Counselor.Section 2: Diversity and School Counseling. The Acculturative Environment of Schools and the School Counselor: Goals and Roles that Create a Supportive Context for Immigrant Adolescents.Immigrant Children and Youth in Schools.Racial Harassment in American Schools. The Role of Ethnic Identity in the Practice of School Counseling. Understanding and Implementing Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning Affirmative Practices as School Counselors. Social Class in School Counseling.Disability in the Schools. Race and Ethnicity in School Counseling. African American Empowerment in Secondary School Counseling.Section 3: Student Development Facilitating Personal and Social Development.Physical Health and Emotional Development: A Primer for School Counselors.Adolescent Sexual Health and Development. The School Counselor’s Role in Promoting Literacy in Elementary School-aged Children. Designing Culturally Responsive School Counseling Career Development Programming for Youth.Section 4: School Counselor Competence. School Counselor Training: School and Societal Needs in the 21st Century.Supervision of Professional School Counselors.Multicultural Competence of School Counselors.Consultation with Teachers, Administrators, and Counseling Agencies. Creating Caring School Communities.Section 5: School-based Interventions. Youth Development and Prevention in the Schools.Individual Counseling as Intervention in Schools.Focused, But Flexible: A Developmental Approach to Small-Group Work in Schools.Conducting Groups in Schools: Challenges and Rewards.Families in Context: An Essential Component of School Counseling.Crisis Management in the Schools. Collaboration and Consultation as Essential Services for School Counseling Programs.Career Development Interventions in Schools. Creative Arts Counseling in Schools: Toward a More Comprehensive Approach.Counseling the Gifted and Talented. Cultural Identity Enhancement Strategies for Culturally Diverse Youth. Section 6: Working with Socio-Emotional Challenges. Interpersonal Relationships. Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention.Working with School Failure.Measuring and Evaluating Adolescent Connectedness.Bullying and Peer Victimization.School Violence. Substance Abuse.Section 7: Accountability and Professional Issues in School Counseling. Evaluation of School Guidance and Counseling Programs: Past, Present, and Future.Research in and on School Counseling.The Essential Role of School-Community Partnerships in School Counseling. Law and Ethics in School Counseling. Professional Activities in School Counseling.