Professional School Counseling

Professional School Counseling is a journal covering guidance program evaluation, development of new applications for theoretical ideas and current research in school counseling. Founded in 1967, the American School Counselor Association publishes this journal periodically throughout each school year. Article subjects for Professional School Counseling include education, psychology and psychiatry.

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 5, June

An Editor's Top Ten Wish List
I would like to take this opportunity to do three things. First, I want to briefly update you on how the journal is doing. Second, I want to introduce you to a new section of the journal that you will see in this issue and possibly some future issues....
A Reaction to EGAS: An Important New Approach to African American Youth Empowerment
Bemak, Chung, and Siroskey-Sabdo have presented an interesting and, in many respects, groundbreaking way to approach the empowerment of African American youth. As someone who has written extensively about the academic and social empowerment of this...
Assisting Students with Learning Disabilities Transitioning to College: What School Counselors Should Know
Students with learning disabilities can benefit from developing specific knowledge and skills that may increase their chances of successfully completing postsecondary degrees. School counselors can play important roles as advocates, collaborators,...
Bioterrorism Preparedness: What School Counselors Need to Know
Bioterrorism within the United States is a continuing threat. Because children and adolescents are among the most vulnerable populations during a bioterrorist attack, school counselors must be prepared with knowledge and skills. This article provides...
Counseling with Pocket Pets: Using Small Animals in Elementary Counseling Programs
Numerous studies have shown the beneficial effects of animals on the health and adjustment of individuals, including children. School counselors can use small animals such as hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs as an effective adjunct intervention....
Empowerment Groups for Academic Success: An Innovative Approach to Prevent High School Failure for At-Risk, Urban African
Twenty-first-century urban schools face unique challenges in being culturally responsive and providing quality education to culturally diverse and low-income students. The academic achievement gap for low-income and ethnic youth poses the need for...
Empowerment Groups for Urban African American Girls: A Response
Although I wanted to read Bemak, Chung, and Siroskey-Sabdo's article in an objective sense, my response to their article is most likely influenced by my own experiences as an African American female and mother of an African American daughter. To me,...
Grins and Groans of Publishing in Professional School Counseling
A former editor of Professional School Counseling shares her insights into the publishing process and provides tips for authors for submitting manuscripts for publication consideration. A variety of resources including print materials and online resources...
Group Counseling: Beyond the Traditional
Congratulations to the editors for including the Empowerment Groups for Academic Success (EGAS) article on using group counseling in urban schools to increase students' academic achievement and personal/social competencies. This article highlights...
Group Counseling: Beyond the Traditional
Congratulations to the editors for including the Empowerment Groups for Academic Success (EGAS) article on using group counseling in urban schools to increase students' academic achievement and personal/social competencies. This article highlights the...
How Elementary School Counselors Can Meet the Needs of Students with Disabilities
This article presents the results of an ethnographic study that examined how three elementary school counselors meet the personal/social needs of students with disabilities. For this study, the term "students with disabilities" included any student...
Investigating School Counselors' Perceived Multicultural Competence
This study examined the perceived multicultural counseling competence of 209 professional school counselors by using the Multicultural Counseling Competence and Training Survey--Revised (MCCTS-R; Holcomb-McCoy & Myers, 1999). Participants reported...
Linking School Counselors and Student Success: A Replication of the Student Success Skills Approach Targeting the Academic and Social Competence of Students
This study involved the replication of previously reported research examining a school counselor-led intervention using a structured group counseling approach aimed at improving the academic and social competence of elementary and middle school students....
Principals' Perceptions of Elementary School Counselors' Role and Functions
This study used a 140-item questionnaire to determine how elementary school principals view school counselors in the state of Florida. Responses from 500 elementary school principals revealed that counselors were perceived as having a positive impact...
Reflections on Multiculturalism, Social Justice, and Empowerment Groups for Academic Success: A Critical Discourse for Contemporary Schools
Writing the article entitled "Empowerment Groups for Academic Success: An Innovative Approach to Prevent High School Failure for At-Risk, Urban African American Girls," I anticipated that there would be mixed reactions, given the unique and nontraditional...
Response to EGAS: An Innovative Approach to Prevent High School Failure for At-Risk, Urban African American Girls
Children come to school with a variety of factors impinging on their academic success (Rose, 1998). The impact of these factors varies in degree. Furthermore, children from high-risk urban areas may experience barriers that not only hinder academic...
Response to the EGAS Approach
I commend Drs. Bemak, Chung, and Siroskey-Sabdo on their efforts to connect with and empower African American adolescent females. However, I do have some concerns regarding their Empowerment Groups for Academic Success (EGAS) approach to empowering...
School Counselors Collaborating with African American Parents
Parent participation has been strongly linked to student success. Yet, in urban schools, African American parents often are uninvolved. This article presents eight strategies that school counselors can use to better collaborate with African American...
Understanding At-Risk Korean American Youth
The variables that contribute to being at risk for school dropout among Korean American adolescents were investigated and possible intervention strategies were explored through qualitative interviews with 10 Korean American adolescents. Three major...
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