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Counseling Skills for Teachers

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.

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


“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
May 16, 2018

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

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