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Strengths-Based School Counseling

Promoting Student Development and Achievement, 1st Edition

By John P. Galassi, Patrick Akos


384 pages

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Despite calls for a more preventive and developmental mode of functioning, school counseling has tended to be driven by a reactive and sometimes crisis orientation. Like social workers and school, counseling, and clinical psychologists, school counselors typically function to alleviate deficits, often in a small percentage of the students they serve. Although this orientation has served school counselors well in many instances, it is not empowering, it does not serve all students, and it does not replace those deficits with the type of positive characteristics and abilities that schools are attempting to develop.

This is the first book to provide a comprehensive look at the theory, research, and intervention strategies that comprise a strengths-based, developmental approach to school counseling. In keeping with ASCA recommendations, the Strengths-Based School Counseling (SBSC) framework discusses academic, personal/social and career development outcomes for all students at the elementary, middle and secondary school levels. Other key features include:

integrative framework—SBSC builds upon contemporary research from a variety of areas: school counseling, developmental psychology, school psychology, education, positive psychology, resiliency, and social work.

evidence-based interventions—detailed examples of successful evidence-based interventions and environments are presented at the elementary, middle, and high school levels for each major developmental area (academic, personal/social, and career) identified in ASCA’s National Model.

readability and pedagogy—beautifully written, the text includes lists of key points, tables of student strengths, illustrative examples, and student exercises.


“On balance, I think the book will make a significant contribution to school counseling. I would certainly use it in my own teaching….There are good ideas, interventions, and materials here that can be used in school counseling across different conceptions of the school counselor’s role.”

Ed Herr

Penn State University

“This book will be state of the art in the developmental aspects of school counseling. It is up-to-date, evidence-based, and tied to standards and models of school counseling.”

Bruce Wampold

University of Wisconsin

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. The Strengths-Based School Counseling Framework. Implementing the Strengths-Based School Counselor’s Role. Promoting Academic Development: Basic Principles. Promoting Academic Development: Interventions. Promoting Personal and Social Development. Promoting Career Development. Strengths-Based School Counseling in Perspective. School Counselor Preparation.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Administration / General
EDUCATION / Counseling / General
EDUCATION / Guidance & Orientation
EDUCATION / Special Education / General
EDUCATION / Organizations & Institutions
PSYCHOLOGY / Education & Training