The School Counselor’s Guide to Surviving the First Year : Internship through Professional Development book cover
1st Edition

The School Counselor’s Guide to Surviving the First Year
Internship through Professional Development

ISBN 9781138364325
Published December 9, 2019 by Routledge
268 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 counselors.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part I: Before Graduation 1. Internship 2. Networking 3. Testing and Licensure Requirements Part II: New Graduate 4. Job Search and the Interview Process 5. Rejected to Hired Part III: The First Year 6. The Illusion v. the Reality: With Guest Writer Morgan Capucini 7. Crisis and The Resident Expert 8. Balance, Boundaries, and Transference Part IV: 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 V: Defining Who You Are 13. In the School 14. Minimizing Burnout Part VI: 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 VII: Collaboration 19. Administrators and Teachers 20. Other Stakeholders Part VIII: Supervision and Mentorship 21. Redefining Supervision as Mentorship 22. We’re a Team Part IX: Professional Development 23. Get Involved Index

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


"I highly recommend this book! It will be a valuable resource for students taking a 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