Crystal M. Giddings wants school counselors to do that which they are uniquely and highly trained to implement; a comprehensive counseling program for all children.
Told through the memorable soul of one determined, inexorable and highly courageous school counselor, the writer compels the reader to learn what really is going on in the day and life of a school counselor.
Anna gives opposition to being buried under insurmountable amounts of non-counseling duties that prevent her delivery of school counseling services. This turns out to be an undeniable force that leaves her principal in distress and the local board of education holding on to its seat. Anna’s advocacy creates tension and trouble.
In When School Counseling Hurts: A Call for Advocacy, the reader will quickly get hooked on the story events; Giddings carefully writes with authority and impactfully explains the role of the school counselor, which is minus the principal’s sole agenda. Finally, she brings hope to reviving the role of school counselors and brilliantly provides many resources for school counselors, principals and other stakeholders.
DR. CRYSTAL M. GIDDINGS is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education, Counselor Education Department, at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of Trinity Chapel Church of God, the Atlanta Writer’s Club, the American School Counselor Association, the Georgia School Counselors Association (GSCA), the National Association of Educators, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Also, she is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor and is a National Certified School Counselor. A teacher for 12 years and a school counselor for 26 years, she is full of inspiring stories and is often requested as a motivational speaker.
Crystal, a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, who worked as a school counselor in Atlanta Public Schools and Cobb County Schools, remains a voice for the school counseling profession, resides in metro Atlanta and has one adult son, James.