Achieving Excellence in School Counseling through Motivation, Self-Direction, Self-Knowledge and Relationships
- Karl L. Squier - Lady of the Lake Learning Systems
- Patricia Nailor - Providence College, Providence, RI
- John C. Carey - Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation, UMASS Amherst
Foreword by Clarence and Sharon Johnson
Introduction to School Counseling
A new research-based approach to the design, delivery and evaluation of K–12 school counseling programs
Learn about a Construct-Based Approach (CBA) to school counseling that uses four research-based constructs to focus school counseling programs on areas that can significantly increase the impact on student achievement and school improvement. Discover essential school counseling processes in which all students participate: student planning, academic support, college and career readiness, and personal growth and social interaction.
The authors, leading educational experts, use research to refocus attention on student results, a challenging results-based school counseling curriculum, and meaningful student assessments. See examples of how a CBA looks in practice with the following:
- In-depth analysis of student standards and competencies
- Developmentally-appropriate scope and sequence
- Documented curriculum activities
- Sample student assessments
An online toolkit consisting of electronic files with structured processes, clearly-defined protocols and easy-to-use tools to help implement a CBA is also available.
This groundbreaking approach can help transform your counseling program. You will love it. Your students will love it. Get started today! Visit www.excellenceinschoolcounseling.com for more information, including online and onsite consulting services that are available.
"This book takes a vital next step for the school counseling profession by defining what results we expect students to achieve based on research. Not only do the authors propose standards for student excellence, but also demonstrate the importance of delivering meaningful learning opportunities and assessing student proficiency and achievement."
"The authors present a systematic roadmap for implementing the innovative and promising Construct-Based Approach to school counseling. This research-based approach will assist counselors and schools in targeting student skills and competencies that are vital for student achievement and success, specifically motivation, self-direction, self-knowledge, and relationships."
"The authors provide a new model for school counseling interventions, ensuring that every K-12 student has specific competencies in four key school counseling standards from educational success research."
"This pioneering book takes the ASCA National Model to a new level. With over 50 years of research in how the brain functions and how students learn school counselors will find this book extremely helpful in their implementation of the ASCA National Model as it defines roles for administrators, parents, teachers, and the community."
“For the first time, we have a comprehensive school counseling curriculum built on more than fifty years of research designed around four main constructs supporting students’ success: (a) motivation, (b) self-direction, (c) self-knowledge, and (d) relationships. Any person passionate about designing a proactive, research-based approach to school counseling will love this book. The Construct-Based Approach (CBA) detailed by Squier, Nailor, and Carey is grounded in data-based decision making, strategic program implementation and ongoing evaluation. CBA is focused on enhancing students’ “self-direction or self-determination skills”. These factors have been shown to be more closely associated with future success than academic skills or performance on achievement tests. The constructs and strategies in this book are designed to ensure that all students are successful in school and, more importantly, throughout their life. This book shows school counselors how to make a measurable difference in students’ lives. School counselors will appreciate how the authors connect the strong research base to a curriculum laid out clearly in scope and sequence, with activities, interventions, and assessment strategies included. In fact, as school counselors examine the curriculum, they will find many issues they encounter daily through responsive services. Through this approach, however, school counselors have an intentional, planned sequence for equipping all students with the knowledge, behaviors, and skills they need to be successful, while targeting sub-populations that need additional support. Crisis requiring responsive services will be reduced tremendously as a result. I highly recommend this book for any school counselor in-training, beginning school counselor, school counselor who wishes to evolve current practices, or any school looking to make a measurable impact in students’ lives!”