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The School Counselor’s Guide to Surviving the First Year

Internship through Professional Development, 1st Edition

By Heather M. Couch


240 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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The School Counselor’s Guide to Surviving the First Year offers a comprehensive look into the first-year school counseling experience.

This practical guide includes topics from internship to professional development from an intimate perspective within the context of real-life scenarios. Drawing from personal experiences, journal articles, textbooks, and excerpts by numerous professional school counselors, it fuses what a school counseling trainee learns in their graduate program and the field experience they get into one unique guide. Emphasizing hands-on approaches, this volume offers personal as well as professional steps toward success in the ins and outs of counseling.

This book is a valuable toolkit for the developmental journey of school counselors in-training and beginning school counsellors.


"I highly recommend this book! It will be a valuable resource for students taking school counseling internship and/or starting a new school counseling position. I am not aware of any other book that focuses specifically on these two important years. Heather walks the new counselor through a variety of opportunities and challenges. I certainly could have used this resource when I started as a school counselor 30 years ago. She is clearly an advocate for the profession and professional school counselors."Dr. Brent Richardson, LPCC-s, Professor of Xavier University Counseling Department, USA, and Author, Working with Challenging Youth: Seven Guiding Principles

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Before Graduation 1. Internship 2. Networking 3. Testing and Licensure Requirements Part 2: New Graduate 4. Job Search and the Interview Process 5. Rejected to Hired Part 3: The First Year 6. The Illusion v. the Reality 7. Crisis and The Resident Expert 8. Balance, Boundaries, and Transference Part 4: The Ins and Outs of Counseling 9. Individual and Group 10. Guidance Lessons or Skills Classes 11. Family Counseling 12. Dealing with Your Own Biases Part 5: Defining Who You Are 13. In the School 14. Minimizing Burnout Part 6: Establishing Your Role and Program 15. Applying your Graduate Knowledge 16. Working with Administrators 17. Implementing the ASCA National Model 18. Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child Part 7: Collaboration 19. Administrators and Teachers 20. Other Stakeholders Part 8: Mentorship 21. Redefining Supervision as Mentorship 22. We’re a Team Part 9: Professional Development 23. Get Involved

About the Author

Heather M. Couch is a school counselor in Greater Cincinnati, USA, and active member in her community.

Subject Categories

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