Academic journal article Professional School Counseling

Introductory Comments

Academic journal article Professional School Counseling

Introductory Comments

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The genesis of this special issue was an informal conversation among members of the editorial board of Professional School Counseling (PSC) over the paucity of quality school counseling research. The topic was so germane at the time given the recent publication of the ASCA National Model[R] (American School Counselor Association, 2005) and its emphasis on school counselor accountability and the use of data to support best practice. Richard Lapan, PSC's past editor, and the others around the table thought it was time for our professional journal to assist practitioners with the challenging task of conducting research. As a result, what readers will see in this issue is a collection of first-rate articles that covers a fairly wide variety of research-related topics and issues. The opening piece by Eder and Whiston, for instance, provides a useful example of how a large group of studies can be synthesized; from this literature review, school counselors then can make decisions about how valuable psychotherapy is for their students. However, without counselor educators and practitioners conducting these studies in the first place, school counselors would continue to refer students to outside counseling believing and trusting that psychotherapy does make a difference in students' lives, but not really knowing for sure.

In the next section of this issue, articles are included that consider different facets of research. Ware and Galassi's piece reviews the use of correlational approaches in school counseling research, and Bauman's article discusses comparison group studies. …

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