3rd Edition

The School Counselor's Preparation and Professional Practice Desk Reference and Examination Study Guide

By Rita Schellenberg Copyright 2025
    424 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    424 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This third edition of The School Counselor’s Preparation and Professional Practice Desk Reference and Examination Study Guide is a comprehensive resource for both pre-service and practicing school counselors. It is intended to be used as a school counselor preparation course text, credentialing exam study resource, and comprehensive desk reference.

    The text material holistically addresses culturally sensitive practices and the professional, legal, and ethical principles of school counseling in today’s public K-12 schools, capturing the past, present, and future of the profession using a personable writing style that engages readers. The material meets preparation criteria for the NBPTS School Counseling National Certification assessment, School Counselor Preparation Comprehensive exams, state-specific school counselor licensure exams, and the Praxis School Counselor exam, which was recently adopted as the exam for earning the ASCA Certified School Counselor (ACSC) credential. The text includes a glossary of important terms, common acronyms, and real-world case studies for enriched discussions and enhanced understanding. Each chapter includes guided reflections and knowledge checks with end-of-chapter exam simulations and case studies to include correct responses and explanations for those responses. A cumulative end-of-text comprehensive simulation exam with responses is also included.

    The text covers the requisite information pre-service and practicing school counselors need to be the very best twenty-first century school counselors in accordance with contemporary research, the ASCA National Model, CAEP, CACREP, and NBPTS standards.

    Foreword  Introduction  1.Comprehensive School Counseling Programs  2.Primary Developmental Domains  3.Theories and Techniques for the School Setting  5.Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy  6.Leadership  Glossary  References


    Rita Schellenberg is a professor in the school counseling program at Liberty University. She is actively involved in the profession serving in leadership roles and presenting at conferences. Dr. Schellenberg is a licensed professional counselor, school counselor, counselor supervisor, and holds several other national counseling credentials and ASCA certifications.

    “As a school counselor turned counselor educator, this desk reference has been my go-to for all things related to school counseling exams for my students and even my own quest toward national board certification. My current counselor-in-training students have even used this desk reference as a way to enhance what they are learning through their own coursework. It brings all essential content together in a succinct and concise way. You can't go wrong with Dr. Schellenberg's study guide.”

    Summer Kuba, PhD, is a professor and program director for the M.Ed. in School Counseling Program at Liberty University.


    “This desk reference and study guide is written with charm, knowledge, and personality, which describes Dr. Schellenberg in a nutshell. The layout, scenarios, and writing style make it easy to review and follow. Like her, the text is unique and valuable beyond measure, helping practitioners to be successful in the world of school counseling and competently preparing students for school counseling exams.”

    Sarah Ritchie, MEd, a distinguished school counselor for King George County Schools and Communications and Public Relations Chair for the Virginia School Counselor Association.


    “Given the multiple contributors to the advances in school counseling as a profession, it is rare to find any resource that combines the latest information from each. This is especially true of preparatory materials to guide pre-service counselors toward national certification and more. Dr. Schellenberg’s study guide fills this literature void by providing a practical guide toward content mastery that not only prepares pre-service school counselors for their exams but equips them for critical service to their students.”

    Paul Harris, PhD., Professor, Counselor, Past Board of Directors, American School Counselor Association.