Academic journal article Professional School Counseling

From the Editor

Academic journal article Professional School Counseling

From the Editor

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Even the casual observer of United States society notices the shifting dynamics of contemporary life with all its complexities, stressors, and challenges. No longer can school counselors afford to narrow the scope and focus of their work and interventions. Our "calling" is to assist, at least to some degree, all students in a proactive and developmentally appropriate manner (Baker, 2000). In a sense, I view school counselors as psychoeducational resource specialists-helping students to meet their needs within a well-organized and programmatic framework, using a broad assortment of strategies. To do so effectively, however, requires new and more refined interventions. It is my hope for the year 2000 and beyond that "counseling" innovations will keep pace with the changing needs of students and their families. Additionally, counselor education programs must anticipate these evolving concerns, training preservice school counselors to reconceptualize their roles and functions from a wider perspective. In short, to better serve our students, the ability to be innovative, flexible and adaptive, and collaborative within an evolving sociocultural context will become even more critical as we move into the next century.

Articles published in this issue of Professional School Counseling underscore this role as a psychoeducational resource specialist. For example, Geroski and Knauss remind us to address the multifaceted needs of children in foster care. They review the significant challenges facing these young people, how school counselors can navigate the foster care system, and potential school-based intervention strategies. Following this article, Strawser, Markos, Yamaguchi, and Higgins describe the educational mandates and barriers for children who are homeless as well as the effects of homelessness and offer several helpful recommendations to address this population's concerns. …

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