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Best Practices for Effective Secondary School Counselors
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Best Practices for Effective Secondary School Counselors


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School Counselling

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.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
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
 
References
 
Index

“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

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Preface


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