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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.


 
Preface
 
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

 
Attending

 
Listening

 
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-Talk

 
Self-Care Issues for Teachers

 
 
Index

“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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Kottler_Counseling_Preface.pdf

Kottler_Counseling_Ch1.pdf


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