Synopses & Reviews
Helping College Students
Helping College Students is a practical resource that examines the specific knowledge and skills that student affairs professionals must acquire if they are to be both effective and ethical when helping, counseling, and advising students. Written by Amy Reynolds, an expert in the field of psychology and student affairs, this important book offers a synthesis of traditional counseling techniques and includes illustrative examples of how to implement proven methods when working within the academy.
Helping College Students includes a wealth of information that professionals can apply to all areas of student affairs including residence life, admissions, financial aid, academic advising, intercollegiate athletics, and more. Comprehensive in scope, this book
Contains principles and practices of counseling
Reviews counseling theories and practices for college student personnel
Recommends effective individual and group interventions
Outlines multicultural issues in counseling and development
Offers myriad counseling theories
Includes professional and ethical issues in counseling
Suggests intervention skills in college student personnel
Covers issues on student developmental counseling
Helping College Students is written for faculty members and higher education professionals who work one-on-one and in groups with students.?In addition, the book can be used for the professional development of higher education practitioners who want to enhance their interpersonal skills.
“While Helping College Students
focuses on helping skills needed by student affairs practitioners, and the examples and supporting illustrations are drawn from student affairs practice, the book describes contexts and issues related to helping in such inclusive and convincing ways that faculty and other professionals in higher education will also find information they can use to increase their effectiveness in their work on campus.
In addition to providing illustrations of specific contexts calling for helping skills, Reynolds makes extensive use of references to books and articles related both to student affairs and to higher education in general… The citations not only provide solid grounding for the points Reynolds makes and the information she provides, but also offer a rich resource for further exploration of issues and skills related to helping in higher education settings.
Readers will… leave with a more comprehensive understanding of the scope, necessity, and particulars of helping skills needed to work effectively with students and to help them succeed. That kind of knowledge will benefit both higher education professionals and the students and others with whom they interact.”
—The National Teaching and Learning Forum
There is a need for a book that fully examines the specific and unique awareness, knowledge, and skills that are necessary for student affairs and other practitioners to be effective and ethical in their helping, counseling, and advising roles. This book addresses the core assumptions and underlying beliefs that impact the helping, counseling, and advising roles and skills that are central to higher education. It synthesizes and integrates information from traditional counseling therapy texts and offers examples of how to utilize such skills within student affairs. Written for faculty members and professionals.
Praise for Helping College Students
"I am pleased to see a new book on issues affecting college students with an integration of counseling practice and theory. College student educators need a fresh look at the way college students' needs are being met in the academy of today. This book does just that."Gregory Roberts, executive director, ACPA College Student Educators International
"Student affairs professionals face new challenges in conflict and crisis management, group and individual dynamics, and supervision of multicultural and multidisciplinary staff. Reynolds elucidates the range and depth of helping skills needed to nurture and challenge our students to be all that they can be in the global multicultural world where we all now live, work, and play."Louise Douce, assistant vice president, student affairs director, Counseling and Consultation Service, The Ohio State University
"For professionals focused on helping college students, this book provides the perfect blend of counseling theory, skills, and administrative reality."
Vasti Torres, associate professor, Indiana University Bloomington
About the Author
Amy L. Reynolds, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She teaches core courses and advanced seminars for master's students in mental health counseling and doctoral students in counseling psychology. She is coauthor of Multicultural Competence in Student Affairs from Jossey-Bass.
Table of Contents
About the Authors.
PART 1: UNDERSTANDING THE HELPER'S ROLE.
1. Student Affairs Practitioners as Helpers.
2. Mental Health Needs and Realities on Campus.
3. Ethical Implications for Helping in Higher Education.
4. Underlying and Relevant Helping Theories (John A. Mueller).
PART 2: ESSENTIAL HELPING SKILLS.
5. Becoming a Multiculturally Competent Helper.
6. Microcounseling Skills (Marcia Roe Clark).
7. Conflict and Crisis Management.
8. Group Dynamics and Skills.
10. Looking to the Future: Integrating the Helping Role.