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Culturally Considerate School Counseling

Culturally Considerate School Counseling
Helping Without Bias

Foreword by Bonnie M. Davis

November 2010 | 192 pages | Corwin
"Cultural competence" has become a standard for all health and mental health professions and is essential to work with diverse populations. Expanding the definitions and experiences of culture, this book takes a specifically compassionate and introspective approach to addressing the continued biases dividing our classrooms and schools, explores how they manifest in this age of change, and provides strategies for school counsellors and other professional helpers within school communities.

Twelve chapters grouped into four sections will 1) suggest new ways of considering student populations who may be seen, even heard, but seldom identified as needing unbiased help, 2) provide culturally considerate ways of interfacing with families, faculty, administration and community, 3) illustrate interventions via case vignettes and strategies from conventional and adjunct theories, and 4) support the need for self-reflection, self-care, and professional growth of school counsellors, social workers, and psychologists. Resources and useable references are also included.

The book culminates with a model for "Culturally Considerate Counseling" adapted from the author's work with veteran Corwin author, Bonnie M. Davis, who also writes a compelling forward to the text.

Foreword by Bonnie M. Davis, PhD
About the Author
Part I. Populations to Consider
1. Culturally Considerate Counseling
2. Religion and Spirituality
3. Different Abilities
4. Aesthetic Issues
5. Illness
6. Environmental Issues
7. Gender and Sexuality Issues
Part II. Interfacing With Family, Faculty, Administration, and Community
8. School-Family-Community Partnerships
9. Team Building
Part III. School Counseling in the Age of Change
10. Consider These Counseling Challenges
Part IV. School Counselors as Change Agents: Opportunities for Growth
11. Expanding Clinical Skills
12. Self-Care for the Caregiver
Afterword: What Is a School Without Bias?

“The author writes in a clear voice for students and families who are marginalized by their differences from the mainstream, offering practical strategies for the practitioner to use with both individuals and systems. A copy of this should be on every school counselor’s bookshelf.”

Patricia Hart DeNoble, Clinical Social Worker
Public Schools, Oakdale Elementary School, Dedham, MA

“The author’s compelling personal story and journey, which serves as a connecting narrative while also serving as a means of explicating specific points in the text, was engaging and resulted in a single-sitting, straight-through reading of the book.”

Mary Monroe Kolek, Deputy Superintendent
New Canaan Public Schools, CT

"This is an extremely thoughtful, well-referenced book that encourages counselors and educators conduct their own research and educate themselves with clients’ issues.  All of us (hopefully) experience transformation in varying degrees on professional and personal levels. I feel very strongly that we must all take the responsibility to open ourselves to be transformed.  Kim’s work has challenged and inspired me to continue the next steps in my own professional/personal (and thus, spiritual) evolution."

Bradley A. Leger, Coordinator, Organization Development and Evaluation Unit
Louisiana State University AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA

Broad based on issues to do with diversity - not overly focused just on ethnicity (which often in other texts is US centric and not representative of Canadian communities). This book encompasses ability, gender/sexual orientation, religion as well as racial considerations. Accessible and purposeful in its approach.

Ms Lynda Beveridge
School of Education, City University of Seattle
January 11, 2012

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ISBN: 9781412987516