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Working with Students with Disabilities

A Guide for Professional School Counselors, 1st Edition

By Theresa A. Quigney, Jeannine R. Studer


238 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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Like no other book available, Working with Students with Disabilities: A Guide for School Counselors provides comprehensive coverage of school counselors’ roles in special education and working with students with disabilities and connects that coverage to both the ASCA national model and CACREP standards.

In Working with Students with Disabilities, school counselors will find thoughtful analyses of the legal and regulatory basis for many of the practices in special education, including an overview of pertinent laws including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. They’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the leadership role that school counselors should play in supporting students, teachers, and families, and they’ll also come away with an understanding of the common challenges—like bullying, cyberbullying, and successful transitioning from high school to adult life— to which students with disabilities may be more vulnerable, as well as less common challenges such as behavioral difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, and many more.


"Working with Students with Disabilities is a masterfully constructed text that fills a critical gap in the school counseling literature. The compilation of specific and concrete intervention strategies and student activities, grounded in a variety of theoretical orientations, is invaluable. School counselors, counselor educators, and school counseling students in training will find this text to be a vital addition to their programs. I highly recommend this text for all school counselors, past, present, and future."

Deborah K. Buchanan, PhD, school counseling program coordinator at Austin Peay State University

"Drs. Quigney and Studer get it! Grounded in a true understanding of the multifaceted role of school counselors, this comprehensive resource is focused on relevant topics that assist school counselors in integrating their work with, and for, students with disabilities. Whether a graduate student, professional school counselor, counselor educator or supervisor, this text will enhance awareness and knowledge and facilitate best practice in holistically serving students with disabilities."

Janna L. Scarborough, PhD, professor and chair of the department of counseling and human services at East Tennessee State University

"Quigney and Studer provide a well-rounded focus on the school counselor's role as it relates to students with special needs. The authors focus on the ethical and legal issues, and they also provide insightful individual and group activities that help connect their tasks to the ASCA national model."

Aaron H. Oberman, PhD, NCC, associate professor and program coordinator in the division of counselor education at the Citadel

"Working with Students with Disabilities fills a gap in school counselor preparation and introduces students to the world of special education, including laws, the IEP/504 process, and related resources. The comprehensive array of counseling strategies with the special education population are presented along with a thorough understanding of the intersectionality of disability."

Jolie Ziomek-Daigle, PhD, associate professor in the department of counseling and human development services at the University of Georgia

Table of Contents

Preface PART I Issues Related to Legislation and Regulations 1. The Role of the School Counselor in Working with Students with Disabilities 2. Laws and Regulations Related to Students with Disabilities 3. Areas of Disability 4. Identification Process for Students with Disabilities 5. Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Educational Placement Issues PART II Issues for Involvement of School Counselors Specific to Working with Students with Disabilities, Educators and Family/Community 6. Individual Counseling for Students with Disabilities 7. Creative Counseling Strategies for Students with Disabilities 8. Group Counseling Options for Students with Disabilities 9. Transition and Career Development 10. Support for Teachers and Educational Personnel Working with Students with Disabilities 11. Collaboration and Consultation with Parents/Families of Students with Disabilities and Members of the Community PART III Issues of an Ever-Evolving Field 12. Current and Evolving Issues in Regard to Students with Disabilities Appendix Resources for Working with Students with Disabilities

About the Authors


Theresa A. Quigney, PhD, is an associate professor of special education at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. Prior to moving into higher education, she had been both a teacher and supervisor of special education. She has written professional publications, made professional presentations, completed research investigations, and been involved in service activities and grant-related pursuits.

Jeannine R. Studer, EdD, is professor emerita at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Studer was previously a high school counselor in Sandusky, Ohio, and an assistant/associate professor at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, and California State University–Stanislaus.

Subject Categories

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