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Responding to Critical Cases in School Counseling
Building on Theory, Standards, and Experience for Optimal Crisis Intervention

ISBN 9780367276751
Published October 6, 2020 by Routledge
266 Pages

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Book Description

This book helps school counselors and other school personnel navigate the complexities of the most common critical cases that are urgent and difficult in schools in the 21st century.

Counselor educators who use this text will help trainees learn to take a methodical approach to critical cases and to be prepared for the difficult situations they will encounter including cases involving violence, cases of an existential nature, cases involving inappropriate adult behavior, and cases impacting the school community. After a description of the case, the reader is provided with the theories, standards, and experiences that are relevant to the case to formulate a response that is based on foundational principles of the school counseling profession.

Contributing counselors from around the country explain what they do when critical cases present themselves, and this text provides their tools, wisdom, and professional judgments and offers training that embraces the reality of the school counselor profession to all counselors, educators, and trainees.

Table of Contents

Section I: Critical Cases Involving Violence

1 Gun Violence in the Neighborhood

Cheryl Schindler

2 Dating Violence

Dr. Tiffany Simon

3 Terroristic Threats to School Personnel and Students

Dr. Rachael Ammons Whitaker

4 Sex on Campus with Multiple Partners

Dr. Tiffany Simon

5 Cyberbullying Precipitates a Suicide Attempt

Dr. Rachael Ammons Whitaker

6 Coaching Staff Allows Students to Fight

Dr. Lisa A. Wines, Dr. Natalie Fikac, and Amberleah Mercado

Section II: Critical Cases Of An Existential Nature

7 A Serious Mental Health Issue

Benny Malone and Dr. Judy A. Nelson

8 Suicidal Ideations

Dr. Le’Ann Solmonson

9 Under the Influence of an Illegal Substance

Dr. Leigh Falls-Holman and Dr. Kristi L. Nobbman

10 Gender Identity Issues

Dr. Shannon McFarlin

11 An Emotionally Unstable Teacher

Dr. Helena Stevens

12 Serious Criminal Charges

Dr. Leigh Falls-Holman and Dr. Kristi L. Nobbman

13 Cutting: A Non-Suicidal Self Injury

Dr. Shannon McFarlin

14 Homeless Students

Dr. Linda Hart

15 Undocumented Immigrant Students

Dr. Eunice Lerma and Dr. Clarissa Salinas

Section III: Critical Cases Involving Inappropriate Adult Behavior

16 Sexual Abuse by a Parent

Dr. Leigh Falls-Holman

17 Violence in the Home

Frannie Neal and Dr. Judy A. Nelson

18 Custody Issues

Dr. Helena Stevens

19 Gay and in a Relationship with an Adult Male

Dr. Shannon McFarlin, Dr. Lisa A. Wines, and Ronda Henry

20 Inappropriate Sexual Advances from a Teacher

Dr. Lisa A. Wines, Ms. Sherrie Russell, and Natalie Alfonso Welsch

21 A Confidante to a Pregnant Middle School Student

Dr. Lisa A. Wines, Deborah Webb-Johnson, and Jasmine S. Akrie

22 Intimacy between an Adult Student and a Minor

Dr. Lisa A. Wines, Amanda Rohrbach, and Kayla P. Gaddy

23 Incarcerated Parent

Dr. Natalie Fikac

Section IV: Critical Cases Impacting The School Community

24 The Death of a Beloved Teacher

Dr. Le’Ann Solomonson

25 Coping with a Disaster

Dr. Judy A. Nelson and Benny Malone

26 Active Shooter Lockdown Practice

Dr. Judy A. Nelson and Dr. Daniel Holland

27 A School Shooting

Dr. Daniel Holland and Jamie Holland

28 A Pandemic

Dr. Judy A. Nelson


Dr. Cheryl Sawyer

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Judy A. Nelson, retired associate professor, resides in Tucson, Arizona. She enjoys travelling and hiking with her husband as well as reading for pleasure.

Lisa A. Wines is an associate professor who enjoys being credentialed as a certified school counselor and licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas.


"This book is a gem. School counselors inevitably encounter crises and challenging cases, and although there are resources on crisis counseling in general, more focused and specific information is often needed to respond in a professional and ethical manner. This collection of true-to-life incidents presents each case along with background information, theoretical perspectives, practical considerations, and a discussion of relevant ethical standards. Multicultural factors are addressed as well. The wide range of types of issues is current and comprehensive. Students and professional school counselors have an opportunity to examine these cases and the issues each one exemplifies to increase their own confidence and efficacy for responding in their own setting. I look forward to having my students read this book as part of their training."
Dr. Sheri Bauman, Professor, College of Education, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

"This book needs to be in the hands of all school counselors who in today’s world deal with a multitude of crisis situations. It is written by well-trained and experienced counselors for responding to tragedies, and it provides a wealth of information and is a tour de force about how to help students after a myriad of crises. School counselors are first responders in helping traumatized students, and this book provides a wealth of practical knowledge and guidance. It is an essential, invaluable resource for all school counselors regarding crisis events. This must have book provides a comprehensive examination of the many crises that school counselors face and provides them with hands-on strategies that have been successfully implemented in schools."
Dr. Scott Poland, Professor at Nova Southeastern University and the Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office

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