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Counseling Skills for Teachers

Counseling Skills for Teachers

Second Edition

November 2006 | 160 pages | Corwin

"Relationship building is key to the successful mentoring and teaching of today's youth. This book is an indispensable reference for both students in teacher education programs and experienced classroom teachers."
—David Capuzzi, Scholar in Residence, Counseling and Human Services, Johns Hopkins University

Integrate counseling and consulting skills into your daily teaching roles!

By necessity, today's teachers do much more than deliver instruction. In the classroom, on the playground, or even in the parking lot, teachers are often called upon to respond quickly and appropriately to students' social and emotional needs, drawing from instinct more than anything else.

In this second edition of the bestselling Counseling Skills for Teachers, Jeffrey and Ellen Kottler expertly guide preservice and inservice teachers to be effective helpers in the context of today's most common challenges, highlighting issues related to homelessness, grief and loss, and bullying and harassment.The book also discusses:

  • Responding to a range of behaviors in formal and informal school settings
  • Building a culture of tolerance and respect in the classroom
  • Motivating disengaged students
  • Communicating effectively with counseling professionals and parents

With an entirely new chapter on "Counseling Yourself," the book offers teachers surefire techniques for taking better care of themselves and the students in their schools.

About the Authors
1. Adjusting to Multiple Roles
A Skilled Helper  
Counseling Skills for Teachers  
Life Inside the Classroom  
A Day in the Life  
Suggested Activities  
Suggested Reading  
2. Understanding the Process of Helping
Some Suggestions for Learning Counseling Skills  
Helping Attitudes  
An Integrative Approach to Counseling  
A Review of the Counseling Process  
The Link Between the Counseling Process and Helping Skills  
Suggested Activities  
Suggested Reading  
3. Assessing Children's Problems
Noticing Symptoms of Distress  
Stress in the Lives of Children  
The Assessment Process  
Collecting Additional Information  
What to Do With the Assessment  
Suggested Activities  
Suggested Reading  
4. Developing Skills of Helping
Internal State of Mind  
Empathic Resonance  
Exploration Skills  
Action Skills  
Suggested Activities  
Suggested Reading  
5. Counseling Skills in the Classroom
Developing Communities of Respect and Tolerance  
Helping Strategies in Groups  
Differences Between Process and Classroom Groups  
Advantages and Disadvantages of Process Groups  
When to Intervene in Groups  
Varieties of Group Process  
Getting Support for Yourself  
Responding to Critical Incidents in the Classroom  
Suggested Activities  
Suggested Reading  
6. Communicating With Parents
When the Child Saves the Parents  
Open House  
Phoning Home  
Electronic Communication  
Parent-Teacher Conferences  
Directing a Constructive Conference  
When Things Don't Go as Planned  
Multicultural Perspectives  
Suggested Activities  
Suggested Reading  
7. Consulting Effectively With Other Professionals
Consulting With a Mentor  
Consulting With Other Teachers  
Consulting With the Principal  
Making a Referral  
Consulting With Counselors  
Seeing a Counselor as Your Personal Consultant  
Consulting With the School Psychologist  
Consulting With Homeless Education Community Liaisons  
Consulting With Faculty at the Local University  
The Teacher's Role in Individualized Education Programs  
Teachers Are Not Counselors  
Suggested Activities  
Suggested Reading  
8. Counseling Yourself
Students Who Change You  
Self-Care Issues for Teachers  

“Relationship building is key to the successful mentoring and teaching of the youth of today. Teachers’ roles extend far beyond the dissemination of content and information to students. This book is an indispensable reference for both students in teacher education programs and experienced classroom teachers.”

David Capuzzi, Scholar in Residence
Johns Hopkins University

This textbook is accessible and informative. Counseling for teachers is a difficult topic to address as there seems to be many ethical concerns and pitfalls. This book suggests simple and effective skills that equip the teacher to deal with difficult conversations.

Dr Sarina de Jager
Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria
December 18, 2017

Excellent book for teaching teachers the necessary skills in working with students at-risk. A must

Mr Michael MARRONE
Education Dept, La Salle University
January 21, 2010
Key features
  • Guides teachers to become skilled helpers in dealing with students' social and emotional needs
  • Helps teachers assess and diagnose a range of behaviors in the classroom
  • Addresses common problems such as bullying and harrassment
  • Assists teachers in conducting effective conferences with parents 
  • Provides tip for communicating effectively with counseling professionals in the school and community 
  • Spells out ways for teachers to take care of themselves and remain passionate about teaching

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