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Counseling Skills for Teachers

Second Edition
By: Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ellen Kottler

Integrate counseling and consulting skills into your daily teaching roles!

The best–selling authors expertly guide preservice, beginning, and veteran teachers to be effective helpers in critical moments. This updated second edition also offers a brand new chapter to help teachers take better care of themselves. Important topics include:

  • Homelessness
  • Dealing with grief and loss issues
  • Confronting bullying and harassment
  • Motivating disengaged students
  • Building a culture of respect and tolerance in the classroom
  • Identifying children who suffer from physical abuse, neglect, drug abuse, and emotional problems

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: K-12
  • ISBN: 9781412949224
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2006
  • Page Count: 160
  • Publication date: November 10, 2006

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"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.

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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Jeffrey A. Kottler

Jeffrey A. Kottler is one of the most prolific authors in the fields of counseling, psychotherapy, and education, having written more than 90 books about a wide range of subjects. He has authored a dozen texts for counselors and therapists that are used in universities around the world and a dozen books each for practicing therapists and educators. Some of his most highly regarded works include Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy, The Mummy at the Dining Room Table: Eminent Therapists Reveal Their Most Unusual Cases and What They Teach Us About Human Behavior, Bad Therapy, The Client Who Changed Me, Divine Madness, Change: What Leads to Personal Transformation, Stories We’ve Heard, Stories We’ve Told: Life-Changing Narratives in Therapy and Everyday Life, and Therapy Over 50. He has been an educator for 40 years, having worked as a teacher, counselor, and therapist in preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, nongovernmental organization, university, community college, private practice, and disaster relief settings. He has served as a Fulbright scholar and senior lecturer in Peru and Iceland, as well as worked as a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal. He is professor of counseling at California State University, Fullerton.

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Ellen Kottler

Ellen Kottler, Ed.S., has been a teacher for over 30 years in public and private schools, alternative schools, adult education programs, and universities. She has worked in inner-city schools as well as in suburban and rural set­tings. She was a curriculum specialist in charge of secondary social studies and law-related education for one of the country’s largest school districts. Ellen is the author or coauthor of several books for educators, including Secrets for Secondary School Teachers: How to Succeed in Your First Year, On Being a Teacher, Secrets for Beginning Elementary School Teachers, Counseling Skills for Teachers, English Language Learners in Your Classroom: Strategies That Work, Secrets to Success for Science Teachers, and Students Who Drive You Crazy: Succeeding with Resistant, Unmotivated, and Otherwise Difficult Young People.

She teaches secondary education and supervises intern teachers at California State University, Fullerton.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


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




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