Preface About the Authors 1. Adjusting to Multiple Roles A Skilled Helper Counseling Skills for Teachers Life Inside the Classroom A Day in the Life Suggested Activities Suggested Reading 2. Understanding the Process of Helping Some Suggestions for Learning Counseling Skills Helping Attitudes An Integrative Approach to Counseling A Review of the Counseling Process The Link Between the Counseling Process and Helping Skills Suggested Activities Suggested Reading 3. Assessing Children's Problems Noticing Symptoms of Distress Stress in the Lives of Children The Assessment Process Collecting Additional Information What to Do With the Assessment Suggested Activities Suggested Reading 4. Developing Skills of Helping Internal State of Mind Attending Listening Empathic Resonance Exploration Skills Action Skills Suggested Activities Suggested Reading 5. Counseling Skills in the Classroom Developing Communities of Respect and Tolerance Helping Strategies in Groups Differences Between Process and Classroom Groups Advantages and Disadvantages of Process Groups When to Intervene in Groups Varieties of Group Process Getting Support for Yourself Responding to Critical Incidents in the Classroom Suggested Activities Suggested Reading 6. Communicating With Parents When the Child Saves the Parents Open House Phoning Home Electronic Communication Parent-Teacher Conferences Directing a Constructive Conference When Things Don't Go as Planned Multicultural Perspectives Suggested Activities Suggested Reading 7. Consulting Effectively With Other Professionals Consulting With a Mentor Consulting With Other Teachers Consulting With the Principal Making a Referral Consulting With Counselors Seeing a Counselor as Your Personal Consultant Consulting With the School Psychologist Consulting With Homeless Education Community Liaisons Consulting With Faculty at the Local University The Teacher's Role in Individualized Education Programs Teachers Are Not Counselors Suggested Activities Suggested Reading 8. Counseling Yourself Students Who Change You Self-Talk Self-Care Issues for Teachers Index
Jeffrey A. Kottler is one of the most prolific authors in the fields of counseling, psychotherapy, and education, having written more than 90 books about a wide range of subjects. He has authored a dozen texts for counselors and therapists that are used in universities around the world and a dozen books each for practicing therapists and educators. Some of his most highly regarded works include Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy, The Mummy at the Dining Room Table: Eminent Therapists Reveal Their Most Unusual Cases and What They Teach Us About Human Behavior, Bad Therapy, The Client Who Changed Me, Divine Madness, Change: What Leads to Personal Transformation, Stories We've Heard, Stories We've Told: Life-Changing Narratives in Therapy and Everyday Life, and Therapy Over 50. He has been an educator for 40 years, having worked as a teacher, counselor, and therapist in preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, nongovernmental organization, university, community college, private practice, and disaster relief settings. He has served as a Fulbright scholar and senior lecturer in Peru and Iceland, as well as worked as a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal. He is professor of counseling at California State University, Fullerton. Ellen Kottler, Ed.S., has been a teacher for over 30 years in public and private schools, alternative schools, adult education programs, and universities. She has worked in inner-city schools as well as in suburban and rural set tings. She was a curriculum specialist in charge of secondary social studies and law-related education for one of the country's largest school districts. Ellen is the author or coauthor of several books for educators, including Secrets for Secondary School Teachers: How to Succeed in Your First Year, On Being a Teacher, Secrets for Beginning Elementary School Teachers, Counseling Skills for Teachers, English Language Learners in Your Classroom: Strategies That Work, Secrets to Success for Science Teachers, and Students Who Drive You Crazy: Succeeding with Resistant, Unmotivated, and Otherwise Difficult Young People. She teaches secondary education and supervises intern teachers at California State University, Fullerton.
"Relationship building is key to the successful mentoring and teaching of the youth of today. Teachers' roles extend far beyond the dissemination of content and information to students. This book is an indispensable reference for both students in teacher education programs and experienced classroom teachers." -- David Capuzzi, Scholar in Residence