Thinking and Acting Like an Eclectic School Counselor

Thinking and Acting Like an Eclectic School Counselor

By: Richard D. Parsons (editor)Paperback

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'This should become a standard graduate school text for up-and-coming school counselors. The author knows school counseling, school counselors, and what school counselors face on a daily basis. This book helps it all make sense, and makes it even easier to grow as a counselor' - Gloria Avolio DePaul, Elementary School Counselor, School District of Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL. The process of behavioural change often transcends any single counselling methodology. However, successfully employing diverse intervention strategies requires a coherent framework and an integrated approach. Richard D. Parsons presents a transtheoretical, or eclectic, model school counsellors can use to evaluate student information, select the most effective interventions from a variety of theories, and coordinate the interventions with sequential steps for behavioral change. Following the format of the companion books on behavioural, cognitive, and solution-focused school counselling, this concise text includes: a reflective, meaning-making model as a basis for effective school counseling; an introduction to the fundamental principles of eclectic or transtheoretical practice; clinical illustrations of eclectic intervention strategies that promote change; and, in-depth case studies and guided practice exercises. Ideal for individual study or for use in group development, this practical guide allows new and less experienced practitioners to grow from 'novice' to 'expert' through ample opportunities for practice and feedback.

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About Author

Richard D. Parsons, PhD, is a full professor in the Department of Counselor Education, at West Chester University. He has over 37 years of university teaching in counselor preparation programs. He has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Pennsylvania Counselor of Year award, and has authored or co-authored over 80 professional articles, book chapters, and books. His most recent books include Counseling Theory: Guiding Reflective Practice in 2014, Becoming a Skilled Counselor in 2013 (both with SAGE), and a series of four training texts for school counselors grouped under the title, Transforming Theory into Practice (Corwin Press). Additional recent works include Fundamentals of the Helping Process (Waveland Press), Counseling Strategies That Work!: Evidence-Based for School Counselors (Allyn & Bacon), and Counseling Strategies and Intervention Techniques (Allyn & Bacon). His current project finds him editing a 35-book series for SAGE Publications, 11 of which cover the common core competencies for counselor preparation as outlined by the Council for the Accreditation of Counselor Education and Related Programs (CACREP), with the remaining books targeting specialty areas.


Introduction to the Book Series Preface Acknowledgments About the Author Section I. The Transtheoretical Model of Change, an Integrative Model Guiding a School Counselor's Reflective Practice 1. The School Counselor as Reflective Practitioner 2. The Fundamental Principles of the Transtheoretical Model Section II. Integrating Stages and Processes of Change 3. The Stages of Change 4. The Processes of Change 5. Matching Stage and Process Section III. TTM Guiding Reflective Practice: A Look at the School Counselor in Action 6. School Counselors Reflecting In and On Practice 7. Practice in Procedural Thinking Epilogue References Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/09/2009
  • ISBN13: 9781412966474
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 152
  • ID: 9781412966474
  • weight: 340
  • ISBN10: 1412966477

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