A primary role of student affairs professionals is to help college students dealing with developmental transitions and coping with emotional difficulties. Becoming an effective helping professional requires the complex integration of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and professional awareness, and knowledge. For graduate students preparing to become student affairs practitioners, this textbook provides the skills necessary to facilitate the helping process and understand how to respond to student concerns and crises, including how to make referrals to appropriate campus or community resources. Focusing on counseling concepts and applications essential for effective student affairs practice, this book develops the conceptual frameworks, basic counseling skills, interventions, and techniques that are necessary for student affairs practitioners to be effective, compliant, and ethical in their helping and advising roles. Rich in pedagogical features, this textbook includes questions for reflection, theory to practice exercises, case studies, and examples from the field.
"If you work with college students, this is certainly a book you need to pick up. I think it exemplifies the best of what I learned in the student affairs program. It reminds us of the details, and the issues that the students we work with day in and day out may be facing. It reminds us of the skill sets we could be using and learning to help those students. On top of that, it also reminds us to take care of ourselves, while giving us guiding principles and real-life applications. Plus, the eBook has a great price!"
– Fallon Willoughby, School of Professional Studies, Western Kentucky University
Chapter 1: The Helping Role in Student Affairs
Chapter 2: Personal and Professional Responsibilities
Chapter 3: Helping Skills
Chapter 4: Moving Toward Action
Chapter 5: Conflict Resolution
Chapter 6: Helping Students in Distress
Chapter 7: Developing Your Helping Philosophy
Chapter 8: Helping Yourself: Self-care and Personal Well-being