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Achieving Excellence in School Counseling through Motivation, Self-Direction, Self-Knowledge and Relationships

By: Karl L. Squier, Patricia Nailor, John (Jay) C. Carey

Foreword by Clarence and Sharon Johnson

This groundbreaking guide describes essential resources and in-depth analyses of Construct-Based Approach counseling strategies, action steps and measures for a comprehensive, results-based school counseling program.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483306728
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2014
  • Page Count: 208
  • Publication date: May 28, 2014

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A new research-based approach to the design, delivery and evaluation of K–12 school counseling programs

Learn about a Construct-Based Approach (CBA) to school counseling that uses four research-based constructs to focus school counseling programs on areas that can significantly increase the impact on student achievement and school improvement. Discover essential school counseling processes in which all students participate: student planning, academic support, college and career readiness, and personal growth and social interaction.

The authors, leading educational experts, use research to refocus attention on student results, a challenging results-based school counseling curriculum, and meaningful student assessments. See examples of how a CBA looks in practice with the following:

  • In-depth analysis of student standards and competencies
  • Developmentally-appropriate scope and sequence
  • Documented curriculum activities
  • Sample student assessments

An online toolkit consisting of electronic files with structured processes, clearly-defined protocols and easy-to-use tools to help implement a CBA is also available.

This groundbreaking approach can help transform your counseling program. You will love it. Your students will love it. Get started today! Visit www.excellenceinschoolcounseling.com for more information, including online and onsite consulting services that are available.

Key features

  • Presents standards that are explicitly research based, thus they can be measured with reliability and validity
  • Emphasizes 21st century skills and that ways that today's students learn best
  • Focuses on four extensively researched constructs: motivation, self-direction, self-knowledge, and relationships.
  • Contains a Starter Kit for counselors who want to transform their current program into a construct-based program, offering numerous knowledge exercises plus other tools, instruments and templates.


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Karl L. Squier

Dr. Karl Squier is President of Lady of the Lake Learning Systems, a consulting organization specializing in K-12 school counseling and school improvement initiatives. His professional interests include building communities of dialog and self-reflection, designing school counseling programs based on standards of excellence, delivering a challenging school counseling curriculum that maximizes students’ potential for learning, using assessments that enable students to continuously improve their learning, and evaluating the impact of delivering a school counseling program on student achievement and school quality. Dr. Squier is a long-time advocate of school counselors as fundamental to quality schools and student achievement. He is a recipient of a Rhode Island School Counselor Association’s (RISCA) School Counselor Advocate of the Year Award.

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Patricia Nailor

Dr. Patricia Nailor has worked as a counselor practitioner in public schools and has served as a founding member and president of the Rhode Island School Counselor Association (RISCA). She has also served as president of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Dr. Nailor retired as Director of the Department of Counseling and Social Services in the Providence Public Schools. Currently she is an adjunct instructor at Providence College where she teaches in the Counselor Education Program. Dr. Nailor manages the school counseling consulting services of Lady of the Lake Learning Systems. She is the recipient of a RISCA Lifetime Achievement Award, given in recognition of a lifetime of dedication and service to students, and to building and promoting the school counseling profession.

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John (Jay) C. Carey

Dr. John Carey is Director of the Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation and Professor of School Counseling at UMASS Amherst. He is a recipient of an American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Counselor Educator of the Year Award. Dr. Carey is included on the Fulbright Specialist Roster and works internationally to improve school-based counseling and school counselor education. His research interests include school counseling outcome measurement, policy research in school-based counseling, standards-based models of school counseling, and the development of research-based interventions to promote academic achievement and eliminate the achievement gap. He is coeditor of Multicultural Counseling in Schools: A Practical Handbook.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Table of Contents



About the Authors

1. Introduction

Purpose of Book

How Book Chapters are Organized

Book Chapter Descriptions

From Concept to Practice

CBA Toolkit Components

Construction Site Components

Chapter 1 Construction Zone

2. A Simple Language Set

Importance of the Language We Use





Student Assessment

Program Implementation and Evaluation

How the Terms in the Language Set Relate

Standards and Competencies are the Foundation of the Curriculum

Chapter 2 Construction Zone

3. Research-Based Constructs

Definition of Research-Based

New Focus on Personal, Social and Life Skills


Self-Knowledge and Self-Direction



Chapter 3 Construction Zone

4. Relevant Contexts for K-12 School Counseling Programs

From Constructs to Contexts

Competency Statements Emerge from Contexts

Contexts Consist of Essential Processes

Academic Support

Chapter 4 Construction Zone

5. Student Results (Standards and Competencies)

Achieving Excellence

Counseling-Learning Environment (CLE)

Two Types of Student Results

Construct-Based Student Standards

A Vision to Live By

Competencies as Proficiency Builders

Writing Meaningful Competency Statements

A Focus on Cognitive Skill Development

A Focus on Metacognitive Skill Development

Role of School Counselors

Chapter 5 Construction Zone

6. Role of Curriculum in a CBA

Where We Are in the CBA Building Process

Essential Characteristics of a CBA Curriculum

Principles for Learner Centered School Communities

Results-Based CBA Curriculum in a Nutshell

Chapter 6 Construction Zone

7. Assessing Student Progress toward CBA Counseling Standards

CBA Student Proficiency Assessments

Assessing Current Levels of Competency

Assessing Gains after Interventions

Assessing Progress towards Standards at Key Transition Points

Assessing Curriculum-Related Proficiencies

Importance of Linking CBA to Research-Based Constructs

Chapter 7 Construction Zone

8. CBA Program Implementation: Focus on Planning

Shift in Focus from Building to Implementing a CBA

How to Begin

Why All the Fuss About Planning?

Three Perspectives on the Planning Process

Four Types of Plans

Chapter 8 Construction Zone

9. CBA Program Implementation: Focus on Program Delivery

Delivering a CBA Program with Fidelity

Data Management

School Counseling Data Management System

Chapter 9 Construction Zone

10. BA Program Implementation: Focus on Evaluation

Program Evaluation is an Improvement Process

What Needs to be Evaluated

Chapter 10 Construction Zone

11. CBA’s Contribution to School Improvement Initiatives

Contribution to Current Practice

Contribution to Knowledge and Skill Requirements Initiatives

ACT’s Five Principles

CBA Contribution to School-Based Intervention Initiatives

Toward a More Holistic View of Student Learning

Chapter 11 Construction Zone

12. Power and Potential

What is Power and Potential?

A Vision to Live By

Summary of Key Points

School Counselor Accountability




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