ERIC Number: EJ880367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
Advocacy in the IEP Process: Strengths-Based School Counseling in Action
Geltner, Jill A.; Leibforth, Teresa N.
Professional School Counseling, v12 n2 p162-165 Dec 2008
As the number of students in schools receiving special education services rises, the need for advocacy for these students increases as well. Because school counselors already possess specialized training beneficial to all stakeholders in the special education process, the potential for school counselors' role in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process is quickly increasing. This article addresses how school counselors can collaborate with teachers and special education teams in the IEP, 504 plan, and other student support team processes. School counselors can model positive communication and assist the team in identifying student and environmental strengths while also increasing family involvement. Specific ways that school counselors can collaborate with planning teams are discussed and direct links are made to Strength-Based School Counseling (Galassi & Akos, 2007) and the ASCA National Model[R] (American School Counselor Association, 2005).
Descriptors: Family Involvement, School Counseling, School Counselors, Special Education, Individualized Education Programs, Federal Legislation, Intervention, Models, Organizational Climate
American School Counselor Association. 1101 King Street Suite 625, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-683-2722; Fax: 703-683-1619; Web site: http://www.schoolcounselor.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B