Every Student Matters: Enhancing Strengths-Based School Counseling Through the Application of Mattering (Perspectives FROM THE Field) (Report)

Mattering to others involves individuals’ perceptions that they are important and are valued by other people in interpersonal relationships and within systems. Mattering is a foundational concept that can inform the implementation of comprehensive, K-12 Strengths-Based School Counseling (SBSC; Galassi & Akos, 2007) programs and can allow counselors to facilitate improvement in school climate, student social functioning, and academic motivation and achievement. This article provides an outline for mattering-focused SBSC program activities. Specifically, the authors describe possible applications of mattering to counseling, classroom guidance, systemic consultation, advocacy, and school climate change. **********

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