Academic journal article Professional School Counseling

Today and Yesterday

Academic journal article Professional School Counseling

Today and Yesterday

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About 30 years ago, I joined ASCA and received my first issue of The School Counselor. Out of curiosity, I revisited volumes 14 and 15 (September 1966 through May 1968) to compare the ASCA journal then with the current version. The editor, some members of the editorial board, and several authors of articles were names familiar today. L. Sunny Hansen served as editor, although at the time she was a graduate student employed at the University of Minnesota High School. Ed Herr, then with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Instruction, and David Zimpfer, on the faculty of the University of Rochester, were on the editorial board. Authors whose names remain familiar today were Dugald Arbuckle, Garry Walz, Duane Brown, Donald Blocher, Shelly Stone, Bruce Shertzer, Don Dinkmeyer, and Marianne Mitchell.

The following themes seemed prevalent across more than one article, some of which are more common than others today. Several articles focused on assessment, especially as it is related to testing: prediction, placement, classification, communicating results to students, and issues such as whether mass testing is appropriate. These are not very common topics currently. What may be referred to as multicultural counseling in today's vernacular was represented in several articles (e.g., "counseling the disadvantaged child"). These are topics of interest today, although the terminology and perhaps focus have changed dramatically (e.g., "White counselor in a Negro slum," "culturally deprived," "rural dropout"). Several articles elaborated on concerns about the counselor's role, which never seems to be out of vogue. Of special interest was the emerging role of elementary school counselors (e.g., "counselor or consultant").

Group counseling was covered in several articles (e. …

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