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Introduction to School Counseling

Introduction to School Counseling

February 2011 | 664 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc


A practical guide that helps readers meet the challenges they'll face as professional school counselors

This comprehensive graduate-level text prepares readers to handle the problems and responsibilities they'll face as professional school counselors, preschool through high school. It covers a wide range of topics in-depth, including: effective interventions for racism and bullying, the continuing score gap between ethnic groups, a school counselor's leadership role in implementing school-based action research, a model for advocating on behalf of, and providing services to children with disabilities. The book is packed with real life examples and case descriptions: it provides strategies for preventing and responding to social and emotional problems, improving educational outcomes, and helping children score at optimum levels on high-stakes tests.

1. School Counseling, an Evolving Profession
2. Professional Counseling in the Schools
3. Counseling With Young Children, Prekindergarten to Grade 5
4. School Counseling in the Middle School
5. Counseling in High Schools
6. Models and Approaches for School Counseling
7. Counseling Children With Educational and Special Needs
8. School Counseling With a Diverse Population of Students
9. Social Problems and Emergency Counseling in the Schools
10. School Testing Programs and the School Counselor
11. Professional School Counselors as Consultants
12. Professional School Counselors With Parents and the Greater Community
13. Counselor’s Role in Career Development and Planning
14. Data Management, Action Research, and the Evaluation of School Counseling Programs
About the Author


Instructor Teaching Site
Test Bank (Word): This Word test bank offers a diverse set of test questions and answers for each chapter of the book. Multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions for every chapter help instructors assess students’ progress and understanding.
PowerPoint Slides: Chapter-specific slide presentations offer assistance with lecture and review preparation by highlighting essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
Lecture Notes: These lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help instructors prepare for lectures and class discussions.
Video Links: Carefully selected, web-based video resources feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.
Student Study Site

E-flashcards: These study tools reinforce students’ understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.

SAGE Journal Articles: A “Learning From SAGE Journal Articles” feature provides access to recent, relevant full-text articles from SAGE’s leading research journals. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides discussion questions to focus and guide student interpretation.

Video Links: Carefully selected, web-based video resources feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.

Web Resources: These links to relevant websites direct both instructors and students to additional resources for further research on important chapter topics.


Web Quizzes: Flexible self-quizzes allow students to independently assess their progress in learning course material.

“[This] is a highly engaging book for those preparing to become school counselors. Faced with thought-provoking cases, discussion questions and recommended readings, this book provides a practical overview of school counseling from pre-K through high school settings. Wright does an excellent job describing ASCA’s recommended best practices for school counselors, as well as highlighting other duties that may be required by building administrators, job descriptions or local school boards. His understanding of current school counseling is evident in the relevance and breadth of scenarios and real-world examples. [This book] illuminates the challenges faced in schools today. [It] is an informative introductory text or a valuable addition to a reference shelf for professional school counselors.”

Donna Dockery
Virginia Commonwealth University
Counseling Today

“It seems evident to me that the author has worked in schools and has firsthand experience of the challenges facing school counselors and the varied areas in which they need knowledge and expertise. Also the text is correlated to CACREP and ASCA standards, which is essential.”

Sue A. Stickel
Eastern Michigan University

“(This book is) ABSOLUTELY beneficial to students. It seems to address some of the key issues (NCLB and Parental involvement in education) missing from current school counseling textbooks.”

Delila Owens
Wayne State University

“I believe the text addresses the contemporary issues of today and the challenges faced by the New Professional School Counselor. I was really happy to see coverage on law and case laws, theories and techniques and individual chapters on all school levels.”

Audrey A. Lucas, Ph.D.
Bowie State University

“The broad perspective the author takes on types of education is a new perspective from pervious or existing works. Attaching standards to the ASCA Model is an important piece that brings a level of professionalization critical in today’s environment. Addressing all the CACREP standards also helps instructors include all important and relevant aspects to the learners. It addresses each level of school counseling which is important for programs that have only one course for school counseling. I also like the use of the term framework from which to work, leaving possibilities for school counselors to be creative in how they implement their programs.”

Carolyn W. Kern, PhD
University of North Texas

I like the material the chapters cover and the instructional supplements.

Dr George Hebert
Interdisciplinary Human Studies, Lsu Health Science Center
December 22, 2014

By far, students who have used Introduction to School Counseling have improved their school counseling exam scores significantly. Students mention that the information in the text is an excellent primer for what to expect in practicum and in their career as a school counselor. The comprehensive yet streamlined text is an excellent choice for a course in school counseling or a practicum course.

Chris Hennington
Social Science Dept, Lubbock Christian University
August 25, 2014

The information in the text provided students with great introductiory materials relative to School Counseling

Professor Donald Anderson
Behavioral Std Educ Lead Dept, Southern University A & M College
September 22, 2011

I really like the comprehensive coverage of topics in this book. I cannot adopt it for this next year, 2011-2012 as I have had to turn in the textbook order to my school bookstore already.
I am seriously considering this book for next year's class. By then, I hope to be more familiar with the contents of the text to give me a better perspective.
Thank you.
Shifa Podikunju-Hussain

Dr Shifa Podikunju-Hussain
School Of Education, Indiana University - Southeast
March 29, 2011
Key features

Key Features:

  • Focus on the consultative role of the school counselor: includes ideas for developing a consulting practice within the school, for overcoming resistance, and for developing the flexibility to move to different school counseling venues, including counseling in virtual schools.
  • A solid grounding in measurement and research helps readers develop the ability to interpret, evaluate, and explain standardized test scores and other data to colleagues, students, and parents. It also empowers the school counselor to take a leadership role in school based action research and program evaluation.
  • Multicultural techniques for counselors, drawn from both current literature and the author's own experience growing up and later teaching in an inner-city environment, are included, along with techniques for assisting children with undocumented and language-minority parents.
  • In-text learning aids include chapter-opening introductions; chapter-ending summaries and discussion questions; chapter objectives; cartoons, photos, and tables; a complete glossary, and 39 Case in Point features that provide problematic counseling scenarios and resolutions.
  • The ASCA statement of Ethical Standards for School Counselors is reprinted inside the front and back covers to provide a quick reference for counselors as they establish their school-based practices. These ethical principles are imbued throughout the book's narrative.

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