School counseling is undergoing significant changes. As evidence-based practice increasingly dominates conversations about the development and evaluation of school counseling programs, the impact on counselors, counselor educators, researchers, and leaders is becoming evident. A new emphasis on research is emerging, with calls for involvement in the shaping of national, state, and local agendas. As evidence-based practice takes precedence, new ways of addressing the current gap must be found and new initiatives that show the potential for research-focused school-university partnerships must be articulated.
This volume critically examines the current state of school counseling and navigates the current intersection of the profession’s history, themes and emphases in practice, offering a variety of solutions for moving forward. It also addresses the challenges associated with current socio-cultural, educational, and socio-economic issues such as global competitiveness and workforce development, violence in American society, adequacy in school funding, student motivation, and career immaturity among American youth.