An Investigation of Comprehensive School Counseling Programs and Academic Achievement in Washington State Middle Schools (Report)

Student achievement was compared between Washington State middle schools with comprehensive school counseling programs (CSCPs) and those without. Statistically controlling for socioeconomic status, multivariate analyses of covariance revealed minimal differences between students in CSCP and non-CSCP schools. Significant score differences emerged, however, for students attending schools with at least 5 years of CSCP implementation versus […]

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The Resilience Factor

Resilience is a crucial ingredient–perhaps the crucial ingredient–to a happy, healthy life. More than anything else, it’s what determines how high we rise above what threatens to wear us down, from battling an illness, to bolstering a marriage, to carrying on after a national crisis. Everyone needs resilience, and now two expert psychologists share seven […]

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Group Training on the Improvement of College Students’ Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy (Report)

1. INTRODUCTION Career decision-making self-efficacy (CDMSE) is the specific application of self-efficacy theory in the domain of career studies. Based on Bandura’s self-efficacy theory and Crites’s career maturity theory, Taylor and Betz define CDMSE as the extent to which individuals’ believe that they can evaluate themselves, collect career information, select goals, make plans, and resolve […]

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Defining and Examining School Counselor Advocacy.

Advocacy is an integral component to effective school counseling. Using focus group methodology with nine school counselors, this qualitative study examined how current school counselors define advocacy and how and when school counselors advocate on behalf of individual students. Further, this research also explored how school counselors have learned to be student advocates. Themes are […]

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Rage Becomes Her

“How many women cry when angry because we’ve held it in for so long? How many discover that anger turned inward is depression? Soraya Chemaly’s Rage Becomes Her will be good for women, and for the future of this country. After all, women have a lot to be angry about.” —Gloria Steinem A transformative book […]

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End-Of-Life Decision Making For Nursing Home Residents With Dementia: A Survey of Nursing Home Social Services Staff.

How people in the United States die, particularly how severely impaired older adults die, has become a topic of widespread interest in the gerontological community in the past 10 years. People in the United States are living longer and dying more slowly of chronic diseases that often shape the last months and years of their […]

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Using Stories in Elementary School Counseling: Brief, Narrative Techniques (Perspective FROM THE Field) (Report)

This article describes using stories and story-telling techniques so that elementary professional school counselors can facilitate brief, narrative counseling. These approaches help counselors and students build rapport while assisting in understanding and externalizing the problem. Additionally, these interventions may help generate ideas for unique and positive academic, personal/social, and career outcomes. This article will address […]

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Play

Read Stuart Brown’s posts on the Penguin Blog. From a leading expert, a groundbreaking book on the science of play, and its essential role in fueling our happiness and intelligence throughout our lives We’ve all seen the happiness on the face of a child while playing in the school yard. Or the blissful abandon of […]

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Factors of Influence on Legislative Decision Making: A Descriptive Study-Updated August 2009.

INTRODUCTION Pressure to produce better and more efficient schools has been felt by education policymakers across all levels. By statute, providing a system of public education rests with state legislatures, and lawmakers have become more assertive in directing policy to improve schools. McDonnell (2001) confirms the increasing role governors and legislators have taken in directing […]

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The Cross-Age Mentoring Program: A Developmental Intervention for Promoting Students’ Connectedness Across Grade Levels (Perspectives FROM THE Field) (Report)

In cross-age peer mentoring programs, high school students mentor younger students. Prior research demonstrates the positive effects for mentees as well as for mentors. This context-based, strengths-promoting intervention is designed to help school counselors foster high school students’ leadership and collaboration skills while simultaneously promoting elementary and middle school mentees’ connectedness, self-esteem, and academic achievement. […]

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