Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Not Just for School Counselors

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Not Just for School Counselors

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Not Just for School Counselors THE USE OF DATA IN SCHOOL COUNSELING By Trish Hatch 2014, Corwin Publications

REVIEWED BY SUSAN B. MORA

From the introduction, it is clear that Trish Hatch is a forceful advocate for students and for calling on school counselors to be included in nationwide discussions on data-driven student interventions. This book directly links the implementation of Common Core State Standards with the work that school counselors need to do, collaborating with other school staff and addressing the academic, career, and personal/social needs of students. While its focus is definitely on the professional practice of school counselors, there are many applications and resources that make this book a useful tool for school psychologists as well.

The first few chapters of the book address professional standards, competencies, and models of practice for school counselors and, while interesting, are not so relevant to school psychologists. However, the subsequent chapters delineate the types of data that are regularly generated by schools, how these data can be used to drive interventions, and how practitioners can design, implement, and report the outcomes of these interventions. Furthermore, Chapters 3 and 4 address the differences between process, perception, and results data and how these three forms of data can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions in a way that is very concise. Each chapter is presented with learning targets, which delineate the attitudes, knowledge, and skills to be addressed. This format makes the book easy to use as a valuable resource at whatever stage of intervention where the need for guidance arises. For example, the text provides concrete examples of how a school counselor could use school-generated data to identify school needs, and provides resources for developing a yearlong calendar including pretesting, intervention implementation, and posttesting. It explores in great detail how to develop measures that will capture the effectiveness of interventions (such as student surveys). …

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