Counseling Special Populations in Schools

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Oxford University Press, 2017 - PSYCHOLOGY - 218 pages

Counseling Special Populations in Schools provides school-based mental health professionals with practical, specific strategies for counseling special populations of students who are at risk for academic, social, emotional, and behavioral problems in school. These special populations include students who are homeless, living in foster care, involved with the juvenile justice system, LGBTQ, pregnant or parenting, gifted, in military families, at-risk for school failure and dropout, and impacted by incarcerated parents. Each chapter focuses on one group of students, highlighting critical background information and providing evidence-informed counseling approaches and strategies to promote resilience and support student development. Chapters provide specific information about how to use basic counseling skills, as well as more advanced counseling techniques such as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, to address the needs and challenges of these special populations of students. This advanced-level counseling book is an excellent resource for mental health professionals and graduate students who want to be able to provide effective counseling services for all students.


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1 Introduction to Counseling Special Populations in Schools
2 Counseling Students Who Are Homeless
3 Counseling Students Living in Foster Care
4 Counseling Students Involved With the Juvenile Justice System
5 Counseling Students Who Are Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Questioning
6 Counseling Students Who Are Pregnant or Parenting
7 Counseling Students Who Are Gifted
8 Counseling Students With Incarcerated Parents
9 Counseling Students in Military Families
10 Counseling Students to Increase Motivation and School Completion
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Emily S. Fisher, PhD, is an associate professor of school psychology at Loyola Marymount University. She teachers courses in counseling and mental health treatment, and she has published and presented on topics related to counseling and promoting positive development for at-risk students.

Kelly S. Kennedy, PhD, is an associate professor and dean in the counseling and school psychology graduate training programs at Chapman University. Her interests include social justice, school-based mental health services, resilience, juvenile justice, and the international practice of school psychology.

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