Culturally Proficient Collaboration: Use and Misuse of School Counselors

Culturally Proficient Collaboration: Use and Misuse of School Counselors

by Diana L. Stephens, Randall B. Lindsey


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Optimize school counselors and raise your school’s cultural competence

The authors make a compelling case for recognizing professional school counselors as leaders of 21st-century change rather than "gatekeepers" of the status quo. Today’s school leaders need to acknowledge counselors’ value in the necessary work of providing equitable resources and opportunities for children in today’s multicultural environment. Aligned with the American School Counselor Association National Model for school counseling programs, this book provides a conceptual framework and practical protocols for utilizing school counselors as:

  • Change agents for school improvement
  • Creators of results-based programs
  • Equity advocates for all students

This book shows how to make the most of school leadership teams by empowering counselors to contribute to each school’s success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412986984
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 06/13/2011
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Diana L. Stephens, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the School Counseling PPS Credential Program in the Graduate School of Education at California Lutheran University. She serves on the President’s Diversity Council and is a member of the Faculty Inclusivity Task-Group. She is a certified Family Life Educator and a Resiliency Trainer. Her collaborative work in K-12 schools and as a counselor-educator in higher education is preceded by her experience in clinical counseling, administration, and consultation in the non-profit sector. Throughout her career, she has been involved in issues of diversity, cultural inclusion, and social justice. She serves as a consultant in educational and organizational communities, conducts professional development workshops, and facilitates collaborative partnerships in co-co-creating culturally inclusive environments. She is guided by the belief that understanding diverse perspectives and honoring the cultural heritage of all humankind is essential in achieving personal and organizational success.

Randall B. Lindsey is Emeritus Professor at California State University, Los Angeles. He has served as a teacher, an administrator, executive director of a non-profit corporation, as Interim Dean at California Lutheran University, as Distinguished Educator in Residence at Pepperdine University, and as Chair of the Education Department at the University of Redlands. Prior to that he served for seventeen years at California State University, Los Angeles in the Division of Administration and Counseling. All of Randy’s experiences have been in working with diverse populations and his area of study is the behavior of white people in multicultural settings. His Ph.D. is in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University, his Master of Arts in Teaching is in History Education from the University of Illinois, and his B.S. in Social Science Education is from Western Illinois University. He has served as a junior high school and high school teacher and as an administrator in charge of school desegregation efforts. At Cal State, L.A. he served as Chair of the Division of Administration and Counseling and as Director of the Regional Assistance Centers for Educational Equity, a regional race desegregation assistance center. With co-authors he has written several books and articles on Cultural Proficiency. Most recent publication is The Cultural Proficiency Manifesto: Finding Clarity Amidst the Noise.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Trish Hatch
About the Authors
Part 1. The Changing Role of School Counselor- Schoolwide Leadership
1. A Historical and Contemporary Perspective on School Counseling
Getting Centered
The Intent of This Chapter
Why on Earth do I Need to Know the History of School Counseling?
The Role of Counselor Began in Vocational Guidance
Who Defines the Role of School Counselor?
Counselor as Mental Health Provider
Paradigm Shift: From Reactive Services to Comprehensive Programs
NCLB and Standards-Based School Counseling
Going Deeper
2. 21st Century Counselors Focus on Student Achievement
Getting Centered
The Intent of This Chapter
Times are Changing: The New Role of School Counselor
Counselors Using Data as Catalyst for Transformational Change
Reframing Our Thinking About Data
An Illustration of the Benefits of Counselors Collecting and Analyzing Data
School Counselors as Powerful Leadership Agents of Change
From Gatekeeper to Transformer
Cultural Proficiency Provides a Context
Going Deeper
3. The Tools of Cultural Proficiency Provides a Framework for Collaboration
Getting Centered
Suggested Guidelines as You Consider Cultural Proficiency
Concept of Intentionality
Cultural Proficiency's Inside-Out Process
Cultural Proficiency: A Paradigm Shift
Cultural Proficiency as a Lens
The Cultural Proficiency Tools
Cultural Proficiency and Counselors
Going Deeper
Part II. Maple View - Sitting in the Fire: A Context for Culturally Proficient Counseling
4. Counselor Collaboration Rubric
Getting Centered
Unpacking the Rubric
Going Deeper
5. Assessing Cultural Knowledge Through Leadership
Getting Centered
Assessing Cultural Knowledge Through Leadership
Using the Rubric: Assessing & Developing Cultural Knowledge through Leadership
Safe School Climate at Maple View Elementary School
Going Deeper
6. Valuing Diversity Through Advocacy
Getting Centered
Valuing Diversity Through Advocacy
Using the Rubric: Valuing Diversity Through Advocacy
Tragedy at Pine View Middle School
Going Deeper
7. Managing the Dynamics of Difference Through Teaming and Collaboration
Getting Centered
Managing the Dynamics of Difference through Teaming and Collaboration
Using the Rubric: Managing the Dynamics of Difference through Teaming and Collaboration
Access Issues at Pine Hills High School
Going Deeper
8. Adapting to Diversity Through Counseling and Coordination
Getting Centered
Adapting to Diversity through Counseling and Coordination
Using the Rubric: Adapting to Diversity through Counseling and Coordination
Pregnancy as an Access Issue at Pine Hills High School
Going Deeper
9. Institutionalizing Cultural Knowledge through Assessment and Use of Data
Getting Centered
Institutionalizing Cultural Knowledge through Assessment and Use of Data
Using the Rubric: Institutionalizing Cultural Knowledge Through Assessment and Use of Data
Pine View Middle School on Faith and Heterosexism
Part III. Next Steps
10. Sustaining Culturally Proficient Counseling: Developing a Personal Action Plan
Sense of Urgency
The ‘Inside-Out’ Process is for – You, Your School and Your Community
Seven Steps for Providing Equity
Resource A. Maple View School District Vignette Story Board
Resource B. Pine View Middle School Schoolwide Needs Assessment (Teacher Version)
Resource C. Matrix: How to Use Cultural Proficiency Books
Resource D. Online Resources for Educator Use

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