The book is divided into four sections: Foundation-establishes a baseline of special education, terminology, classifications, and principles Collaboration-as the age old saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child”, so too, it takes a community of educators, counselors, parents, and related professionals to adequately and effectively attend to the unique needs of children with disabilities Applications-addresses interventions, assessment, counseling and evaluation methods Cultural & Psychosocial Issues-culturally responsive school programs, and responding to the diverse learning styles of students are presented, and a review of school counselor roles and tasks and strategies in working with students with disabilities is shared This text 'marries' School Counseling and Special Education Integrated Focus, historically independent disciplines, in a systematic, collaborative manner This book has the unique distinction of being edited by professors skilled in both the fields of school counseling and special education and is one of the few that exist which addresses these topics The selected authors are 'seasoned' professionals in the field, who possess both academic and clinical expertise The backgrounds of the chapter authors reflect the duality of disciplines, blending the two approaches into one comprehensive perspective, in order to help students with disabilities achieve success to the best of their potential Chapter case examples, discussions, and family comments highlight the actual experiences of the authors to illustrate theoretical knowledge Special attention is paid to current ASCA, CACREP and special education standards throughout the text

Educational Initiatives and Professional Organization Standards

Educational Initiatives and Professional Organization Standards

Educational initiatives and professional organization standards
Edward A. Mainzer EdD, LMHC EdD, LMHC

“The peculiar disadvantage of change agents in education lies in applying methods which are largely educational to situations which are fundamentally political.”

—Dale Mann, Making Change Happen? (Teachers College Press, 1978)

School counselors, like other educators, work in contexts shaped by both professional and political forces. This chapter explores how some major U.S. educational initiatives as well as standards promulgated by leading counseling professional organizations have helped shape the milieu in which school counselors serve students in general, and students with disabilities (SWD) in particular. It is critical that we understand these forces if we are to ensure the continued ...

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