Books

Expanding the definition of culture, Culturally Considerate School Counseling:  Helping Without Bias addresses how biases have evolved in new and challenging ways, and provides strategies to help school counselors create safe and secure learning environments by:

  • Recognizing the unique needs of students, including those with various spiritual beliefs and body types

  • Interacting with families, faculty, administrators, and communities in culturally considerate ways

  • Applying practical tools learned from case illustrations and new data

  • Engaging in self-reflection, self-care, and professional growth

Each chapter features a list of competencies, including the relevant ASCA National Model standards. The volume concludes with a "Culturally Considerate Counseling" model adapted from Anderson’s work with veteran Corwin author Bonnie M. Davis, who contiributes to the book with a compelling foreword.

This exemplary collaboration illustrates that the educators who are most effective in teaching diverse student populations are the ones who can "see students clearly and respond to their needs without hesitation or bias."  Framed around an original, eight-stage model of diversity development, Creating Culturally Considerate Schools:  Educating Without Bias provides readers with essential tools for building a sturdy foundation of mutual respect upon which schools without bias can be constructed. Included are specific strategies for creating a school environment that:

  • Gives voice and consideration to all studentsShows interest, empathy, and respect for all staff members

  • Advocates respect and reverence of individuality

  • Adapts innovative policies—despite resistance—that best serve the total school community

In addition to vignettes, anecdotes, and case examples, the authors provide worksheets for problem-solving, conflict resolution, clear communication, rules of engagement, reflection, and scenario study.

What Grown-Ups Need to Know About Art Therapy for Kids is written for any adult who cares about a child in treatment. Author, Kim L. Anderson, is a licensed clinical social worker, board certified art therapist, supervisor and educational consultant. Kim shares insights and suggestions from over thirty years of work with children and families, schools and organizations, and as a clinical educator and trainer. Parents, grandparents and other primary caregivers as well as teachers, school counselors and other helping professionals will benefit from the information and examples provided.

The Biracial and Multiracial Student Experience:  A Journey to Racial Literacy As more biracial and multiracial students enter the classroom, educators have begun to critically examine the concept of race.  This sensitively written yet practical guide fills a gap in the professional literature by examining the experiences of biracial/multiracial students in the context of today's classrooms. Bonnie M. Davis calls upon readers to take a transformational journey toward racial literacy and, ultimately, become empowered by a real understanding of what it means to be biracial or multiracial and enable all students to experience increased self-confidence and believe in their ability to succeed.  Kim L. Anderson contributes a chapter reflecting her personal and professional journey of intersectionality.

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