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The School Counselor's Mental Health Sourcebook

The School Counselor's Mental Health Sourcebook
Strategies to Help Students Succeed

Edited by:
  • Rick Auger - Minnesota State University, Mankato, USA

December 2010 | 216 pages | Corwin

"Practitioners will find this book easy to follow, comprehensive, and most important, helpful for improving the lives of children and adolescents navigating the K–12 years. And isn't that, after all, what education should be all about?"
—Walter B. Roberts, Jr., Professor of Counselor Education
Minnesota State University, Mankato

"This book will change the culture of any school and improve the quality of life for all students. I plan to purchase it for each counselor, every special educator, the clinicians, our principals, and the campus media centers. It's just that good!"
—Marian White-Hood, Principal
See Forever Foundation and Maya Angelou Public Charter School, Washington, DC

A comprehensive reference for addressing students' mental health needs

The ASCA National Model urges school counselors to know every student and broaden their knowledge of mental health disorders. With more students in need of mental health services than ever before, the timing is ideal for a guide that equips staff to meet these challenges. The School Counselor's Mental Health Sourcebook provides tools for keeping students on track, including:

  • Methods for addressing many disorders, including anxiety and autism
  • Intervention strategies that work
  • Effective ways to collaborate with families from various cultures

Rick Auger describes the disorders and strategies with a balance of simplicity and clinical depth. This time-saving resource gives busy school counselors strategies for helping students succeed in school and in life.

About the Author
1. Introduction
2. Intervention Basics
3. Culture, Race, and Children’s Mental Health
4. Disruptive Behavior Disorders
5. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
6. Mood Disorders
7. Anxiety Disorders
8. Autism Spectrum Disorders
9. Communicating with Teachers and Families about Students’ Mental Health Needs

"This book is a focused hard-worker: a resource eager to improve the quality of school life for all students. I plan to purchase it for each of my twelve counselors, everyone in special education, the clinicians, our three principals, and the campus media centers. It’s just that good! Everyone in the schoolhouse needs a copy to red-line, highlight, and flag the corners of almost every page."

Marian White-Hood, Principal
SeeForever Foundation and MAPCS, Washington, DC

"This is an excellent sourcebook with useful and practical tips on how to assist students, parents, teachers and counselors to work with the students who need our assistance the most."

Carol U. Cox, Elementary School Counselor
Floyd County Schools, VA

"Practitioners will find this book easy to follow, comprehensible, and most importantly, helpful for improving the lives children and adolescents navigating the K-12 years. And isn’t that, after all, what education should be all about?"

Walter B. Roberts Jr., Professor of Counselor Education
Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN

"Rick Auger reviews some of the more common mental health disorders that educators might encounter and provides school counselors with recommendations for how they might approach intervention. His propensity toward cognitive and behavioral approaches matches well with school counselors’ ability to provide school-based intervention. The examples are specific enough to be helpful but also broad enough to allow for flexibility when accommodating individual student difference. School counselors will find this a useful resource as they develop counseling intervention plans as well as when they serve as a consultant to parents and teachers."

Amy Milsom, Associate Professor, Counseling
Clemson University, SC

This book provides a solid foundation of information on mental health disorders and their potential impact on student success. It serves as a very useful tool for new professionals learning to navigate the school system, as they support student needs and foster home-school relationships.

Amy Runningen, School Social Work Journal, March 2012

Using book as a strongly recommended text.

Dr Karen Rowland
College of Continuing and Professional Studies, Mercer University Graduate Professional Center
January 22, 2013
Key features
  • Describes a range of common mental health issues that affect children and young adults in clear and jargon-free language
  • Includes general guidelines and more specific strategies for intervention
  • Addresses the critical issues of culture and collaboration
  • Will be the first book on the topic designed specifically for school counselors
  • Mental health issues are becoming more prevalent: studies show that 20% of school-aged children exhibit some type of mental health disorder, and up to 70% of youth in the juvenile justice system do. This is a problem that is not going away. Some of these disorders (bipolar and PTSD, for example) are increasing exponentially.

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