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. 10, No. 2, December

An Integrative Model of Data-Based Decision Making for School Counseling
This article presents a model of data-based decision making based on five commonly used models from both within and outside the discipline of school counseling. This integrative model is tied explicitly to the ASCA National Model[R] concepts, terminology,...
An Update on Adolescent Drug Use: What School Counselors Need to Know
School counselors need to have accurate and age-appropriate prevention education information in order to counsel teens on drug use. This article presents developmentally specific prevention materials for the most important emerging substances of abuse:...
A Season of Excitement and Change
Fall in elementary, middle, and high schools has always struck me as a season of excitement and optimism, tempered by a dose of anxiety and trepidation. In fact, my 7-year-old twin sons began second grade this fall with just that sense of nervous eagerness....
Career and College Planning Needs of Ninth Graders-As Reported by Ninth Graders
Few researchers have asked students directly about what they know and need to know regarding college and career planning. Given the critical choices made early in high school, ninth graders (n = 222) were surveyed regarding their educational and career...
Counselor Education Accountability: Training the Effective Professional School Counselor
With recent calls for accountability in school counseling, it is imperative that counselor educators are structuring the professional identity development of counselors-in-training through guided learning experiences with a focus on demonstrated effectiveness....
Delivering Difficult News to Parents: Guidelines for School Counselors
School counselors often have to give difficult news to parents, a process that can be stressful and troubling for everyone involved. While the reaction of each parent is unique, research indicates that many parents who have been given difficult news...
Exploratory Study of Common and Challenging Ethical Dilemmas Experienced by Professional School Counselors
Results of a survey asking public school counselors in Virginia to indicate their most common and most challenging ethical dilemmas are presented. Ninety-two school counselors reported that the most common and challenging ethical dilemmas included...
Looking Forward by Going Back: A School Counselor Educator's Return to School Counseling
As school counselors and counselor educators, it is imperative to remain knowledgable of trends and changes in school counseling. With the current emphasis on the ASCA National Model[R] (American School Counselor Association, 2005), the transformed...
School Counseling Departmental Web Sites: What Message Do We Send?
School counselors have struggled to define their roles for years. The use of technology has been discussed as one method for disseminating information about school counselor roles. Content from 456 school counseling departmental Web sites was examined...
Social Skills Efficacy and Proactivity among Native American Adolescents
This article discusses Native American urban adolescents' construal of social skills, and relationships between these skills and proactivity behaviors as identified in the Integrative Contextual Model of Career Development (Lapan, 2004). Recommendations...
Student Success Skills: Tools and Strategies for Improved Academic and Social Outcomes
This article is a follow-up to previously published reports of research evaluating the effectiveness of the Student Success Skills group and classroom intervention. An overview of the key skill areas is provided, supported by ongoing research in the...
Students Who Self-Injure: School Counselor Ethical and Legal Considerations
This article explores ethical considerations that school counselors may need to address when providing counseling services to self-injurious students. Ethical issues related to student confidentiality, responsibilities to parents and to the school,...
The Career Fair as a Vehicle for Enhancing Occupational Self-Efficacy
Career development objectives, as codified in the American School Counselor Association's National Standards, can be overshadowed by the growing emphasis on academic standards, testing, and accountability so thematic of national educational and public...
The Career Fair as a Vehicle for Enhancing Occupational Self-Efficacy
Career development objectives, as codified in the American School Counselor Association's National Standards, can be overshadowed by the growing emphasis on academic standards, testing, and accountability so thematic of national educational and public...
Using Multimedia to Reduce Bullying and Victimization in Third-Grade Urban Schools
This study investigated the effects of increasing levels of multimedia interventions (cognitive behavioral treatment, videotapes, and CD-R OM modules) on self-reported bullying and victimization among urban third graders. Students' self-ratings were...
Web-Based Peer Supervision, Collective Self-Esteem, and Case Conceptualization Ability in School Counselor Trainees
This study investigated the efficacy of a 12-week, Web-based peer supervision group in increasing school counselor trainees' collective self-esteem (i.e., positive feelings in identifying as a school counselor) and written case conceptualization ability....