Title The School Counselor as Consultant
Subtitle Expanding Impact from Intervention to Prevention
Author Karen Dickinson, Richard Parsons
ISBN 9781516546688
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 264
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Cognella Academic Publishing (Eurospan Group)
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Written to help school counselors address the ever-changing needs of their clients and the growing demands of the profession, The School Counselor as Consultant: Expanding Impact from Intervention to Prevention provides readers with a service delivery model that emphasizes remediation and prevention. The model empowers school counselors to intervene when necessary, identify key opportunities to promote growth, and successfully deter future challenges and incidents.

Section I addresses the expanding role of school counselors, fresh perspectives for approaching this important work, and an introduction to the concept of prevention. In Section II, readers learn key strategies for effective consultation, are introduced to a multidimensional, integrated model of consulting, explore the concept of counselors as agents for change, and learn tips for working with resistance and maintaining an ethical practice. Section III focuses on moving beyond intervention to prevention and provides actionable instruction for varying levels of prevention. The final section shares case studies that demonstrate multiple levels of intervention and prevention and invites students to reflect upon and discuss the topics addressed throughout the text.

The School Counselor as Consultant is an enlightening and practical text that is ideal for both pre-service and practicing school counselors.




Section I: The Changing Needs of Our Consumers

Chapter 1. The School Counselor Addressing Increasing Need for Services • EAT LUNCH!!! • Expanding the Role and Service of School Counselors • Not Just More—More Complex and Demanding • New Demands and the Need for a New Approach • Summary • Additional Resources • References

Chapter 2. An Expanded Perspective • An Ecological, Systemic View of Need and Service • Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Framework • School Counselor with a Contextual View • Engagement of Others: Collaboration, Coordination, and Consultation • Expanding Impact: Intervention and Moving to Prevention • Summary • Additional Resources • References

Chapter 3. Beyond Intervention to Prevention • Prevention: Multileveled • Expanding the School Counselor’s Role • Summary • Additional Resources • References

Section II: Consultation: A Paradigm for School Counselor Services

Chapter 4. Consultation as Paradigm: More Than Just a Technique • Consultation: An Operational Definition • Problem Solving Focus • Mutual and Voluntary • Triadic Relationship • Dual Focus • The Many and Varied Dimensions of Consultation • Summary • Additional Resources • References

Chapter 5. A Multidimensional, Integrated Model of Consulting • Integrating Perspectives—Nature, Focus, and Modes • A Continuum of Felt Need • A Continuum of Content-Process Expertise • A Continuum of Collaboration • A Continuum of Student-Client Engagement • Where to Start? Deciding on Form and Focus of Consultation • The Contract as a Defining Element • The Nature of the Problem and Goal • Consultant Orientation • Consultee Experience, Expectations, and Style • Summary • Additional Resources • References

Chapter 6. The Process of Consultation • Stages of Consultation • Stage 1/Pre-entry: Creating Conditions for Successful Consultation • Stage 2/Entry: Establishing the Contract for Consultation • Stage 3/Exploration: Defining the Problem and Its History • Stage 4/Outcome Goals and Objectives: Moving Toward Solutions • Stage 5/Strategy Development and Implementation • Stage 6/Maintenance: Sustaining the Trajectory of Change • Stage 7/Termination: Linking Past, Present, and Future • Summary • Additional Resources • References

Chapter 7. Counselors as Agents for Change • Inevitably Impacting the System • Advocating for Client and System • When Goals Conflict • Resistance: Change Is Not Always Easy • Threats to the Balance of Power • Promoting Innovation • Principle 1: Keep Innovation Culturally Compatible • Principle 2: Introducing Change in Small Steps (Shaping) • Principle 3: Align Innovation with Opinion Leaders • Principle 4: Increasing Value and Power as Consultant • Principle 5: Move in a Crisis • Summary • Additional Resources • References

Chapter 8. Working With Resistance • Understanding the Sources of Resistance • Recognizing the Manifestations of Resistance • The Push Away • Yes, But… • Passive Aggression • Requesting Counseling • Quick Sell/Quick Buy • Working With, Not Defeating, Consultee Resistance • The Invitation • Ameliorating the Source of Resistance • Reducing the Risk of Resistance • Summary • Additional Resources • References

Chapter 9. Counselor as Consultant: Ethical Considerations • Engaging in Consultation: An Ethical Directive • Unique Ethical Challenges • Consultant Competence • Consultant Cultural Sensitivity • Awareness of One’s Own Culture and Its Influence • Awareness of the Narrowness of a Single “Mainstream” Perspective • Employ Culturally Sensitive Approaches to Service Delivery • Informed Consent • Confidentiality • Establishing and Maintaining Professional Boundaries • Power • The Ethics of Treatment • Summary • Additional Resources • References

Section III: Consultation: Moving Beyond Intervention to Prevention

Chapter 10. Level III Prevention: Client-Focused Consultation: Intervention with a Twist • Beyond Direct Service • Focusing on the One While Impacting the Many • Engaging Others: Problem Identification and Intervention Planning • Assessing Task Demands • Assessing the Environment • Assessing the Client • Goals Setting and Intervention Strategies • Summary • Additional Resources • References

Chapter 11. Level II Prevention: Consultee-Focused Consultation • The Consultee: A Significant Extrapersonal Variable • Increasing Knowledge • Identifying the Problem • Interventions • Consultee Skill Development • Program Development • Regaining Objectivity and Professional Perspective • Categorizing Loss of Objectivity • Direct Personal Involvement • Simple Identification • Theme Interference • Transference • Characterological Distortions • Confrontation: An Essential Intervention Skill • Putting It All Together: A Case Illustration and Exercise • Summary • Additional Resources • References

Chapter 12. Level I Prevention: The System as Focus Point • The School as System • The Basics of Systems • Primary Prevention—Maintaining System “Openness” • System Intervention and Prevention Services • Unfreezing the System • Moving the System • Refreezing • Putting It All Together: A Case Illustration and Exercise • Summary • Additional Resources • References

Section IV: Applying What We Know

Chapter 13. Consultation Illustrated: Reflections of One School Counselor • Extended Case Illustration: Multilevels of Intervention and Prevention • (With Counselor Reflections) • Ms. Thomas Meets Jasmine • Exploration (Looking at Client, Task, and Environment) • Exploration (Continued; Exploring the System) • School Culture, Structure, and Organization (Exploration Continued) • Goal Setting • Intervention Planning • Maintenance • Termination • Case Postscript

Chapter 14. You as Counselor: A Guided Practice in Employing Consultation as an Integrated Model for School-Based Intervention • A Case With Prompts for Reader Reflection and Classroom Discussion • A Concluding Thought

About the Authors


About the Authors:

Karen Dickinson is an associate professor of counselor education at West Chester University. She is a certified school counselor with more than 20 years of experience serving as a counselor and elementary and special education instructor. Dr. Dickinson earned her master’s degree in elementary school counseling from West Chester University and her doctorate degree in individual and family studies from the University of Delaware.

Richard Parsons is a professor of counselor education at West Chester University and has over 37 years of experience in teaching counselor preparation programs. He has had a private clinical practice for over 40 years, working with those experiencing debilitating anxiety, depression, and other challenges to emotional wellbeing. Dr. Parsons also serves as a consultant to educational and mental health institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. He has authored or co-authored over 90 books, book chapters, and professional articles. Dr. Parsons earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Temple University.

Target Audience:

This book is a practical text that is ideal for both pre-service and practicing school counselors.



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