Table of Contents

Section I: Foundation

      Chapter I: Introduction

Person First Language

School Counselors Role in the Utilization of Appropriate Language and Dispelling Stereotypes By:

Attitudes and Biases Explored

Self-fulfilling Prophecies, Secondary Gains, and Learned Helplessness

      Chapter II: Educational Initiatives and Professional Organization Standards

Educational Initiatives

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

Counseling Professional Organizations and Accreditation Standards

American Counseling Association (ACA)

National board for certified counselors (NBCC)

The Education Trust and National Office for School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA)

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

      Chapter III: Laws &Ethics

Federal Laws and Legislation Relevant to Serving Students with Disabilities

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Acts (FERPA)

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Section II: Collaboration

      Chapter IV: Partnership Communication, Cooperation &Advocacy

Overview of Partnerships

Key Players in Effective Partnerships for Students with Disabilities

Purpose and Goals of Collaboration

Qualities of Effective Collaborators

Perspectives Toward and Interactions with Others

Perspectives Toward Self

Skills And Processes Necessary For Effective Partnerships

Establish the Mission and Ground Rules for Group Interaction

Group Problem-Solving Process

Roles of Team Members

Development of Specific Teaming Skills

Self-evaluation of Team Functioning on a Routine Basis

Consultative and Educational Approaches To Partnerships

Co-Teaching Approaches

      Chapter V: Multidisciplinary Team Players &Process

Players: Multidisciplinary Team

Process: Special Education

Additional Opportunities for Counselor Support

School Counselor Support: Transitioning from Early Intervention

School Counselor Support: K-12

      Chapter VI: Home-School Collaboration

Family Dynamics

Voices of Families

Sibling Impact

Home-School Collaboration


Working with Families

Working with School Educators/ Staff

Section III: Application

      Chapter VII: ASCA Delivery Systems

Direct Student Services

School Counseling Core Curriculum

Academic domain school counseling core curriculum

Career domain school counseling core curriculum

Personal-social domain school counseling core curriculum

Individual Student Planning

Academic domain individual student planning

Career domain individual student planning

Personal-social domain individual student planning

Responsive Services

Indirect Student Services

      Chapter VIII: Assessment, Evaluation and Plans



Assessment Considerations

Assessment Types

Response to Intervention (RTI)

Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and 504 Plans

Goal Setting for Students in Special Education


MEASURE (s) of Accountability

      Chapter IX: Inclusion Considerations

Current Issues in Special Education

The Continuum of Education Concept

Nature of the Curriculum

Transition Out of Special Education

Strategies to Increase and Enhance Inclusion

Preparation of Students with Disabilities and Without

Specific Challenges for School Counselors in Working with Students in Special Education



Attendance Issues

Health Impairments and Medical Concerns

Behavioral Issues


      Chapter X: Fundamentals of Transition

Definition of transitions

Horizontal and vertical transitions for all students

Horizontal (changing schools, changing teachers)

Vertical (grade-to-grade, ECE to K-12, middle School to high school, high school to college and/or career)

Additional horizontal and vertical transitions for students with disabilities

Challenges associated with transitions for students with disabilities

Counseling tasks associated with transitions for all students

CACREP and ASCA roles for all students

Additional or modified roles on behalf of students with disabilities

Team structures (evaluation, IEP)

7-12 planning documents (ILP, IEP, SOP)

Section IV: Cultural and Psycho-Social Issues

      Chapter XI: Culturally Responsive Counseling &Collaboration

An Overview of School Counselors' Roles in Special Education

Students with Disabilities

School Counselors' Related Roles Across Diverse Learning Needs


Counseling to Improve Teaching and Learning


Culturally Responsive School Programming


      Chapter XII: Psycho-Social &Risk Considerations

Overview of Psychosocial Responses to Disability

Risk Factors for Specific Psychosocial Problems