"This book is a tour de force within the school counseling literature. Introduction to Professional School Counseling provides a reader-friendly blueprint for conceptualizing, planning, and delivering comprehensive school counseling programs within complex 21st century school contexts. This book strikes an important balance between theory, research and practice; situates school counseling prominently within school reform initiatives; provides concrete strategies and recommendations for school counseling programs; and recognizes diversity and social justice as an indispensable component of school counseling."
Norma L. Day-Vines, PhD, professor, counseling and human development, Johns Hopkins University
"I will gladly use this textbook with our students. It is current, comprehensive, well-written, thoroughly researched, and exceedingly accessible. Even though I am deeply familiar with the content, I found myself reading with great interest and enthusiasm. I highly recommend this textbook for all who wish to learn about the past, the present, and the future of professional school counseling. The authors have constructed an engaging textbook for graduate students and practicing professionals alike."
Kevin Wilkerson, PhD, NCC, ACS, professor, department of counseling and human services, University of Scranton
"This book does an outstanding job establishing the modern-day context of school counseling both by reviewing the evolution of the field with compelling analysis of diverse perspectives on important trends and developments and by featuring impressive use of data and research to separate opinions from facts. Great examples to illustrate sometimes vague concepts abound, as do concrete and practical suggestions for both novice and seasoned school counselors. Throughout, the writing is clear, crisp and learner friendly."
Johnston Brendel, LPC, LMFT, clinical associate professor, College of William & Mary
"In Introduction to Professional School Counseling, modern concepts in school counseling are clearly explained in an engaging format. Descriptive examples bring research to life and allow for the transfer of concepts into actual practice. The information about the ASCA model goes above and beyond by infusing the model into the entire book and giving actual samples of RAMP-certified comprehensive programs. A highlight for me was the chapter about social justice, which focuses on fostering self-awareness to deliver culturally competent programming."
Jane V. Hale, PhD, LPC, assistant professor, department of counseling and development, Slippery Rock University
"This straightforward and concise approach to professional school counseling is unique in being not only theoretically sound but, unlike many other text books, refreshingly rich in its practicality. This well-sequenced and all-inclusive resource will greatly benefit future school counselors as well as the future of comprehensive school counseling programs."
Richard Joseph Behun, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS, assistant professor, department of psychology and counseling, Marywood University
"This text provides a valuable introduction to the contemporary role and responsibilities of the professional school counselor. The chapters are organized effectively around the ASCA National Model. For each component and theme of the ASCA National Model, a brief background of the topic is balanced with a comprehensive discussion of appropriate intervention strategies in K-12 schools. A thorough literature review for each chapter includes multiple practical strategies and techniques for implementation and evaluation."
LeeAnn M. Eschbach, PhD, LPC, associate professor, counseling and human services department, University of Scranton
"A practical, up-to-date, and comprehensive resource, one that can be used across the span of any school counselor training program. "
Krista M. Malott, PhD, LPC, associate professor and school counselor educator, department of education & counseling, Villanova University
Jered B. Kolbert, PhD, is a professor and coordinator of the school counseling program in the department of counseling, psychology, and special education at Duquesne University.
Rhonda L. Williams, EdD, is an associate professor in the counseling and human services department at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Leann M. Morgan, PhD, is an assistant professor in the counseling and human services department at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Laura M. Crothers, DEd, is a professor in the department of counseling, psychology, and special education at Duquesne University.
Tammy L. Hughes, PhD, is the Martin A. Hehir Endowed Chair for Scholarly Excellence and professor and chair of the department of counseling, psychology, and special education at Duquesne University.