This book seeks to offer a user-friendly, practical guide on school-based mental health counseling approaches for K-12 school counselors, psychologists, and other mental health professionals. Highlighting best practices, this book will explain how these educators can provide counseling in the secondary and tertiary prevention levels of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Response to Intervention (RTI) frameworks. Informative and research-based, this book is tailored for busy professionals.
Part II: Special Topics in School-Based Counseling
Part II examines special topics in school-based counseling, including advancing one's clinical skills in counseling, professional development as a counselor, and emerging models for difficult service delivery areas in school mental health. Chapter 9 focuses on the development of clinical skills for counselors, emphasizing both professional and personal development. We provide a self-evaluation survey for counselors (Resource G) to facilitate self-awareness as a first step to goal setting for a personal and professional growth plan (Resource H). Finally, Chapter 10 addresses difficult service delivery areas (i.e., family support services, medication management, substance-abuse counseling) as well as other important topics—social skills programs, vocational counseling, counseling vulnerable populations, and program development and funding.