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Best Practices for Effective Secondary School Counselors

Best Practices for Effective Secondary School Counselors

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School Counseling

November 2004 | 256 pages | Corwin
The book is designed for secondary school counsellors faced with moving their current programmes from service-centered to programme-centered focus. The new school environment of standards-based and data-based practices is leading counselling programmes to establish student competencies and implement a process of continuous evaluation and improvement, and the authors provide the necessary tools for this transition following the ASCA Standards. The book identifies five core strategies that impact and improve the effectiveness of secondary school counselors, by focusing on continuous improvement, advisement, career education, transition, and communication.

About the Authors
1. Best Practice 1: Utilize Data to Evaluate Program Effectiveness and Plan for Continuous Improvement
Section 1: Review the School Counseling Plan

Section 2: Develop a School Profile

Section 3: Obtain Stakeholder Perspectives

Section 4: Create a Self-Evaluation Instrument

Section 5: Formulate a Counseling Program Action Plan

2. Best Practice 2: Design and Implement a Comprehensive Advisement System
Section 1: A Schoolwide Advisement Program

Section 2: An Individual Advisement Program

Section 3: A Rising Ninth-Grade Advisement Program

3. Best Practice 3: Design and Implement an Extensive Career Education Program
Section 1: Basic Principles of Career Development

Section 2: Design Appropriate Career Development Plans for Middle and High School Students

Section 3: Design and Implement a Comprehensive Career Center

Section 4: Career Portfolios for Students

4. Best Practice 4: Create Transition Programs That Prepare Students for Success
Section 1: A Keystone Program for Rising Ninth-Grade Students

Section 2: A Credit Recovery Program for High School Students

Section 3: A Capstone Program for Twelfth-Grade Students

5. Best Practice 5: Establish and Maintain Communication With the School Community
Section 1: Establishing Communication

Section 2: Maintaining Communication

6. Best Practice 6: Design a Personal Plan for Professional Development
Appendix A: Stress Management for Secondary School Counselors
Appendix B: Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation
Form B1: Student Recommendation Worksheet
Form B2: School Profile
Resource B3: Tips for Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation
Resource B4: Word Bank of Adjectives
Resource B5a: Sample Letters 1
Resource B5b: Sample Letters 2
Resource B5c: Sample Letters 3
Resource B5d: Sample Letters 4
Resource B5e: Sample Letters 5

“Middle and high school counselors will find this book very helpful for its practical and hands-on approach.”

Karen Thompson, Assistant Professor of Psychology & Counseling
Valdosta State University

“This is a great collection of resources to aid secondary school counselors.”

John Littrell, Professor of Counselor Education and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Iowa State University

“This is an outstanding addition to the field.”

Greg Brigman, Professor of Counselor Education
Florida Atlantic University

“The material is especially helpful. I often find it difficult to find material specifically designed for transitions from ninth to tenth grade AND from sixth to seventh. This is one of the most valued sections of the book for me.”

Judy Buchholz, Counselor
D.W. Holmes Junior High School, Davis, CA

“This is a major contribution to best practices in school counseling.”

Gerald Monk, Professor of Psychology & Counseling
San Diego State University

“…an invaluable resource for school counselors.”

Barbara Blackburn, ASCA Secondary Vice President and President Elect
Key features
  • Market to school counseling and special education lists (consider National Tech Prep Network, American School Counselor Association)
  • Includes national standards for student academic, career and personal/social development
  • Loaded with checklists, surveys, and other practical forms
  • Includes resource lists of relevant reading and websites
  • Includes tips for writing letters of recommendation
  • Listing of support organizations for parents and students
  • Nice complement to the new Career Pathways title from Howard/Ill and the 2nd edition of Brief Counseling That Works from Sklare
  • Speaker's Bureau candidate, especially in Georgia
  • Shelton and Edwards are very visible in Georgia, and will do a great deal of promoting. Their efforts should ensure that the book sells well.
  • May have cross-marketing potential with SAGE's extensive counseling list
  • 3 of 9 titles in Corwin's Professional Skills for Counselors series have sold over 3,000 copies, one with sales of almost 10,000 units. I would consider each book an anchor title for two reasons: visible and active authors, and broad topic. Shelton would fit both profiles.

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