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Theories of School Counseling for the 21st Century

Edited by Colette T. Dollarhide and Matthew E. Lemberger-Truelove

Publication Date - November 2018

ISBN: 9780190840242

368 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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In 2002, the American School Counselor Association presented the ASCA National Model for school counseling programs as a framework for implementing best practices in training counselors to deliver effective evidence-based approaches for K-12 students. Without a unifying theory of practice, school counselors are often uncertain about how to implement the National Model. Considering school counselors' professional role under the National Model, Theories of School Counseling for the 21st Century offers readers a compilation of contemporary, cutting-edge theoretical models to inform the way school counselors practice the art and science of school counseling.


  • Presents various perspectives on the challenges of school counseling
  • Explores theories that cogently inform school counseling
  • Written by experts of each theory

About the Author(s)

Colette T. Dollarhide, EdD, NCC, ASC, LPC-S, is Professor in Counselor Education and de-facto School Counseling Coordinator at The Ohio State University.

Matthew E. Lemberger-Truelove, DPhil, MEd, is Professor of Counselor Education at the University of North Texas and Editor of the Journal of Counseling & Development.


"Theory in school counseling has taken a back seat in the school counseling profession for decades. . . . It is my hope that with this new edited text by Colette Dollarhide and Matthew Lemberger-Truelove, two widely respected school counselor educators, pertinent theory in the field will gain additional traction and attention. Chapter topics are written by school counseling experts and the content is certainly germane to school counselor educators, students, and practitioners. I especially appreciate that the volume addresses salient current theories and models directly related to the profession, while retaining school-based approaches that have held up over time." Christopher Sink, Professor and Batten Chair of Counseling and Human Services, Old Dominion University

"This school counseling theory text fills a giant need of helping school counselors understand and apply counseling theory in a developmentally appropriate way to children and adolescents in schools. Dollarhide and Lemberger's edited text beautifully connects the dots between theory, research, and best practice school counseling. This must-have text will make a very significant addition to your school counseling master's degree program." Greg Brigman, PhD, Professor, Department of Counselor Education, Florida Atlantic University

"Practical, thorough, and well-written, Theories of School Counseling for the 21st Century is a significant and much-needed contribution to the school counseling profession. The thoughtfully organized chapters summarize what we know about how to provide theoretically-sound services across multiple modalities and contexts, with relevant examples practical applications." Carey Dimmitt, PhD, Professor of School Counselor Education and Director of the Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Table of Contents


    Chapter 1: The Context of Professional School Counseling: The Need for Theory
    By Colette T. Dollarhide and Matthew E. Lemberger-Truelove

    Chapter 2: General History and Conceptual Frameworks for School Counseling
    By Chris Slaten, Anya Woronzoff Verriden, and Thomas W. Baskin

    Chapter 3: Organizational, Institutional, and Political Challenges and Responsibilities in Professional School Counseling
    By Trish Hatch


    Chapter 4: Person-Centered School Counseling
    By Kimberly M. Jayne and Hayley L. Stulmaker

    Chapter 5: Adlerian School Counseling
    By Erika R.N. Cameron, Kara P. Ieva, and Brianne France

    Chapter 6: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in the Schools
    By Melissa Mariani and Brett Zyromski

    Chapter 7: Counseling for Results: Reality Therapy in Action
    By Robert E. Wubbolding

    Chapter 8: School Counseling from an Existential Perspective
    By Brian Hutchison and Tom Chavez

    Chapter 9: Solution-Focused School Counseling
    By John J. Murphy


    Chapter 10: Strengths-Based School Counseling (SBSC) 2.0
    By Patrick Akos, Clare Merlin-Knoblich, and Kevin Duquette

    Chapter 11: Ecological School Counseling
    By H. George McMahon and E. C. M. Mason

    Chapter 12: An Advocating Student-Within-Environment Approach to School Counseling
    By Matthew E. Lemberger-Truelove and Hannah Bowers


    Chapter 13: The Discrimination Model for School Counseling Supervision
    By Melissa Luke and Kristopher M. Goodrich

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