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Volume 14, Number 1:


Supporting Every Child: School Counselors’ Perceptions of Juvenile Sex Offenders in Schools

Leann Wyrick Morgan and Levi S. McClendon, University of Texas at Tyler, Jenna McCarty, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, and Kirk Zinck, University of Texas at Tyler



Researchers explored the attitudes and concerns of professional school counselors in their roles in working with juvenile sex offenders (JSOs) who attend school. Little empirical data exist regarding school counselors’ roles in effectively engaging and supporting JSOs toward school success. Focus groups contributed to the consensual qualitative research (CQR) methodology, providing a framework for investigating concerns, experiences, attitudes, and beliefs related to juvenile sex offenders and school climate. The authors present findings of five systematic themes and the implications for school counselor best practice.



Morgan, L. W., McClendon, L. S., McCarty, J., & Zinck, K. (2016). Supporting every child: School counselors’ perceptions of juvenile sex offenders in schools. Journal of School Counseling, 14(1). Retrieved from


Type of Article

Theory and Research

Volume 14, Number 2:


Eating Issues and Body Image in Elementary School: Detection and Prevention Strategies for School Counselors

Sarah I. Springer, Temple University, and Dana Heller Levitt, Montclair State University



Body image disturbance continues to be recognized in increasingly younger populations. Eating issues among elementary school children have become more overt and statistically prevalent in recent years. Elementary school counselors are in important positions to provide their communities with early detection information and prevention strategies. This manuscript will identify potential causes and risks associated with body image disturbance in elementary school-age children and present strategies for school counselors that address detection, prevention, and intervention efforts.



Springer, S. I. & Levitt, D. H. (2016). Eating issues and body image in elementary school: Detection and prevention strategies for school counselors. Journal of School Counseling, 14(2). Retrieved from


Type of Article

Innovative Methods

Volume 14, Number 3:


Professional Capacity Building for School Counselors Through School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) Implementation

Jennifer Betters-Bubon, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Peg Donohue, Central Connecticut State University



The implementation of school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SWPBIS) has been shown to reduce behavioral incidents and lead to more positive school climates. Despite the growing popularity in schools, there lacks clear understanding of the school counselor role in this approach. We present the perspectives of an elementary school counselor and middle school counselor engaged in starting SWPBIS programs. This position paper is focused on how the alignment of school counseling and SWPBIS programs can lead to increased school counselor leadership capacity, resulting in collaborative teaming, the use of data and systemic school change.



Betters-Bubon, J., & Donohue, P. (2016). Professional capacity building for school counselors through school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports implementation. Journal of School Counseling, 14(3). Retrieved from


Type of Article

Current Issues

Volume 14, Number 4:


Predictors of Parent Involvement and their Impact on Access of Postsecondary Education Facilitators among White and American Indian Parents

Gerta Bardhoshi, University of Iowa, Kelly Duncan, Northern State University, and Amy Schweinle, University of South Dakota



This study examined demographic factors as predictors of parent involvement (engagement with school, support of learning, support of child) among parents of children that attended a school implementing a college access program. The authors also examined whether involvement predicted access of postsecondary education facilitators in parents, when accounting for demographic factors. Results from multiple regression analyses indicated that parent race/ethnicity and income predicted involvement, while education level predicted access of postsecondary education facilitators. However, when including demographic factors, parent involvement was not predictive of access of postsecondary education facilitators.



Bardhoshi, G., Duncan, K., & Schweinle, A. (2016). Predictors of parent involvement and their impact on access of postsecondary education facilitators among White and American Indian parents. Journal of School Counseling, 14(4). Retrieved from


Type of Article

Theory and Research

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