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Evidence-Based School Counseling

Evidence-Based School Counseling
Making a Difference With Data-Driven Practices

Edited by:
  • Carey Dimmitt - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
  • John C. Carey - Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation, UMASS Amherst
  • Trish Hatch - San Diego State University, USA

August 2013 | 240 pages | Corwin
Today's school counselors are under enormous pressure to document their effectiveness by engaging in data-based decision-making and producing quantitative accountability reports. However, the majority of counselors do not have training in these areas. Advocating for a shift from the historical best practice orientation to an evidence-based one, this authoritative guide from influential counselor educators John C. Carey, Trish Hatch, and Carey Dimmitt aims to help school counselors both preservice and inservice, acquire the knowledge and skills to make that shift. Detailed chapters and illustrative vignettes make practical the process of using evidence to accomplish three critical functions: determining what needs to be done, determining which interventions should be implemented, and determining whether the implemented interventions were effective. Additional topics covered include measuring student learning and behavior change, and communicating results to stakeholders. Counselors who successfully incorporate data-based decision-making and program planning will not only be able to document their work they'll be able to see the positive academic and personal changes in the lives of their students.
About the Authors
1. Moving to Evidence-Based School Counseling Practice
Integrating Evidence and Practice

A Model for Evidence-Based School Counseling Practice

Evidence-Based School Counseling in the Context of the Reform Movement

School Counseling and Standards

School Counseling Reform


2. Data-Based Decision Making: Knowing What Needs to Be Addressed
Data-Based Decision Making and School Improvement

Data-Based Decision-Making Models

A General Model for Data-Based Decision Making

Enabling Conditions for Data-Based Decision Making


3. Practical Considerations in Using Data
Types of Data

Collecting, Analyzing, and Disaggregating Data

Developing Data-Based Action Plans

Creating an Action Plan With Evaluation in Mind: Using Process, Perception, and Results Data

Data Over Time


4. Choosing Interventions: Reading and Weighing Outcome Research
Why Are Research-Based School Counseling Interventions Important?

Becoming an Informed Consumer of Research

The Research Context

How Can School Counselors Find Interventions That Will Work?


5. Evaluating School Counseling Interventions and Programs
What Is Evaluation?

Programs and Interventions

Evaluating Interventions

Evaluating Programs

"Customer" Satisfaction

Using External Experts in School Counseling Reviews


Sample Intervention Evaluation Action Plan: Evaluation of Second Step Violence Prevention Curriculum (Fifth Grade)

6. Action Research and Collaborative Partnerships
What Is Action Research?

Action Research Partnerships

Why Conduct Action Research?

How to Conduct Action Research


7. Measuring Student Learning and Behavior Change
Types of Assessment

Measuring Student Learning Effectively

Using Existing Assessment Tools

Measuring Changes in Attitudes, Skills, and Knowledge

Developing Pre- and Posttests


Sample Learning Goals and Related Pre- and Posttest Questions

Sample Standards-Aligned Curriculum and Pre- and Posttests

Fifth Grade-Middle School Transition Lesson

8. Using Surveys to Gather Information
Using Existing Surveys

Survey Development


9. Moving to Evidence-Based School Counseling Practice
An Integrated Evidence-Based Proactive Approach

The Journey: Getting From Here to There

A Five-Year Plan

Reporting About Results to Enhance Legitimacy

Disseminating Results Effectively

The ASCA National Model and Results Reporting

Planning Your Ongoing Professional Skill Development

Reconstructing Professional Identity

Appendix A: Guidance Curriculum Action Plans, Intentional Guidance Action Plans, and a Needs Assessment Survey
Appendix B: Summary of School Counseling Outcome Research Articles and Findings

"The dual scenarios at the beginning of each chapter give a great visual of what an evidence-based approach looks like."

Shawn Grime, School Counselor
Bryan High School, OH

"The move to evidence-based school counseling practice presents a daunting challenge, but the authors offer a sound argument as to why it must be met and then get busy explaining how to do what we need to do."

Katie Gray, Director of Student Services
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, MA

"School counselors and students of the profession receive specific guidelines and models for collecting and analyzing data, including tips on measuring student learning and behavior modification. An excellent guide counselors will appreciate."

California Bookwatch, August 2007

"An utterly invaluable guide to measuring qualities and situations that would seem at first glance to deny quantification. Highly recommended for aspiring and working professionals in the field."

Wisconsin Bookwatch, November 2007
Midwest Book Review

"What sets this book apart from its contemporaries is that it is both comprehensive and practical. The book is well written, well organized, and easy to read. It not only serves to educate but, equally important, to inspire change, innovation, and forward movement."

PsycCRITIQUES, February 2008, Vol. 53(9)
American Psychological Association

"An excellent contribution to the field of school counseling."

Victoria L. Bacon, Professor of Counselor Education
Bridgewater State College

Easy to read information about becoming effective consumers of educational research

Dr Jane McGuire
School Of Education, California Baptist University
January 21, 2010

This text is used as a recommended text for the course to assist the students in many of their school counseling assignments.

Dr Karen Rowland
College of Continuing and Professional Studies, Mercer University Graduate Professional Center
October 14, 2009

Sample Materials & Chapters

Dimmitt Preface

Dimmitt Chapter 1

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Carey Dimmitt

Carey Dimmitt is the Associate Director of the Center for School Counseling Outcome Research, an Assistant Professor of School Counseling, and the Clinical Director of the School Counseling Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from UMass-Amherst. Prior to her work as a counselor educator, Dr. Dimmitt worked for 14 years with children and families in schools and community mental health settings. Dr. Dimmitt’s major scholarly interests are in the areas of outcome research, effective teaching and counseling practices K-16, school counseling curriculum development, clinical... More About Author

John (Jay) C. Carey

Dr. John Carey is Director of the Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation and Professor of School Counseling at UMASS Amherst. He is a recipient of an American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Counselor Educator of the Year Award. Dr. Carey is included on the Fulbright Specialist Roster and works internationally to improve school-based counseling and school counselor education. His research interests include school counseling outcome measurement, policy research in school-based counseling, standards-based models of school counseling, and the development of research... More About Author

Patricia A. Hatch

Trish Hatch, Ph.D. is a Professor at San Diego State University (SDSU), where she was Director of the School Counseling Program from 2004 until 2015.  She is the best-selling author of The Use of Data in School Counseling: Hatching Results for Students, Programs, and the Profession (2014) and co-author of Evidence-Based Practice in School Counseling: Making a Difference with Data-Driven Practices (Dimmit, Carey & Hatch, 2007) and the ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs (ASCA, 2003; 2005).   Dr. Hatch is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in School Counseling and... More About Author

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