THE SECRETS TO BEING A GREAT SCHOOL COUNSELOR

  

 

  

                 
THE SECRETS
       TO BEING A GREAT 
       SCHOOL COUNSELOR
 
  
                           "It's a great book...........
                             because it is based on over forty  years  of my  mistakes!"
  
RICHARD O'CONNELL, Ed.D.
 

 
The picture above symbolizes the multiple skills and specialized knowledge a counselor needs to guide, direct and council three talented public high school, Julliard trained students, all of whom attended Princeton University,  and assist varied foreign born  students, one with a child, to attain their academic and life's goals.
                                            

AUTHOR’S NOTE

     The author does not claim to be The Greatest of School Counselors. Rather, he claims that the information in this book is based on forty years of experience which will contribute to making Great School Counselors.  The author's biographical resume is below. This book contains 400  pages with photos and charts.
    It is book intended for professional counselors, guidance interns and graduate school counselor candidates. This book may be purchased through PAYPAL by clicking the PAYPAL button above, Price 24.95. (400 pages)

THE SECRETS TO
... is a compendium of strategies, approaches, organizational skills, time savers, motivational techniques, safe guards and interpersonal skills, etc. which help the counselor to become effective and valued, while at the same time avoiding costly  professional and personal mistakes.
It's topics range:                                                                
from advice on how to improve teacher, administrative and parental relations
to enhancing student accountability
from motivational strategies for struggling students
to following administrative directives and implementing CSE and IEP directives
from dealing effectively with troublesome parents
to helping college bound Ivy League as well as college bound learning disabled students, 
from the special strategies needed for each of the above to attain their goals
to the laws that govern  confidentiality, FERPA  regulations,  records, financial services and the rights of  the learning disabled
from understanding special program, e.g. The IB program, etc.
to testing: SAT, ACT and their differences, AP and IEP testing accommodations, modifications, etc.
from 12 chapters on the counselor and the school community
to 16 chapters on the mechanics of guidance services which make the counselor more effective
from 14 addendum's with charts and official documents which are required knowledge
to a Glossary of acronyms
etc.
The book is augmented with anecdotes and actual case studies that further clarify each point that is made..some humorous, others tragic, others just practical.
 
        PROFESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS  

"A Five Star Review"
Quotes collated below are from numerous professionals:

"An inspiring book..easy to read format..to the point.. dealt with practical situations...filled with strategies, anecdotes, case studies, humor and counseling techniques, with valuable professional information for the school community... a new approach for the school community to bring about change in student performance...the quintessential guide to motivating kids.." 

PROFESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS:
"THE SECRETS TO... should be required reading for school counseling interns, new and experienced counselors like. Full of practical examples of real life situations that school counselors face every day. A great resource for new ideas and updated strategies, as well as insights into the professional "jargon" used in school settings."
Dr. Susan Moor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Counseling Programs at Manhattan College and Hofstra University.

"It’s a great book! I never read anything like it, a significant tool in affecting change in the school community." Dr. John Kehoe, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Bronxville, NY

 "This handbook introduced me to the inner world of guidance services and allowed me to advocate more strongly for my learning disabled son"  Anne Symington, Parent. Paramus, N.J.

"
His work is a real contribution to a department much criticized. Matthew Bonura Past President of the Board of Education, Shelter Island, NY.

"It moves away from the theoretical graduate classroom approach for middle and senior high schools students to the practical, every day implementation of practical services for students." Bob Emery, Director of Guidance, L I, NY

Dr. O'Connell has a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova University, two master degrees from Manhattan College in Counseling Psychology and English Literature and a bachelor of arts from The Catholic University of America. His extensive Biographical Resume is below after the book review. The book is 380 pages long.

OF Special note:

Dr. O'Connell's book, THE SECRETS TO BEING A GREAT SCHOOL COUNSELOR, is written specifically for counselors, graduate guidance students and interns. Although somewhat similar in content to his other book, MOTIVATING KIDS TO THE MAX, it is much more technical, analytical and detailed and requires a more specific school counselor background. 

BOOK REVIEW
by Lisa Kende (Parent and Former Corporate Media Specialist)

THE SECRETS TO...by Dr. Richard O’Connell, is truly the quintessential guide to motivating kids. Don’t be fooled by the title which may seem pretentious, rather it  humbly claims merely to improve counselor performance through a school community effort. What the author does is to re-invent, clarify, humanize and add life to the difficult task of counseling underachieving and superior students.

The book is a quick read further enhanced by the many anecdotes that provide real-life applications for the many insights so useful to counselors. The author’s approach is an artful combination of diplomacy, humor and decades of experience in the real world of guiding young people to achieve their full potential. It is a step-by-step guide for how counselors, administrators, teachers and parents can pull together for the benefit of the student. (Continued below.)

A SECOND BOOK REVEW:
By fellow Yonkers Partners In Education professional school counselor, Dina Santana
                                        
                                       
 THE SECRETS
                                  TO BEING A GREAT
                                       SCHOOL COUNSELOR

Award-Winning Counselor Reveals Strategies & Techniques for Counselors
 and School Personnel to Increase Student Performance
 and Improve Controversial Guidance Programs

 

A Practical and Candid Handbook

For Counselors, Graduate Students and Guidance Interns

With special significance for Pupil Personnel Staff,

Teachers and Administrators

 It presents a plan for counselors to improve student motivation and performance based on promen counseling techniques and improved motivational guidance services.

    Dr. Richard O’Connell’s THE SECRETS TO BEING A GREAT SCHOOL COUNSELOR is A Practical and Candid Handbook,  which focuses on implementing changes with in each member of the school community so as to boost and energize student performance. Relying on practical, everyday solutions, and filled with techniques and entertaining anecdotes, this is an invaluable resource for counselors, interns, parents, teachers, administrators and anyone who seeks to make students more productive.

    A major complaint about some of today’s schools is the lack of professional and caring motivational guidance services. Award-winning guidance counselor Dr. Richard O’Connell has the solution. Using diplomacy, humor, and his decades of experience, Dr. O’Connell gives step-by-step instructions on how counselors, interns, parents, administrators, and teachers can all pull together to motivate students, using each others resources.

    Dr. O’Connell deals with the mechanics of guidance: from inspiring struggling students to assisting learning disabled youngsters, from college planning for both aspiring Ivy League and average students to improving motivational guidance procedures. Opening up dialogs, listening and sharing are key, suggests Dr.O’Connell. Packed with hands-on information and techniques, he shows how parents and school personnel are to work together. To be truly effective, they must act as a team. Intelligently written, O’Connell’s handbook is nothing less than the COUNSELOR’S guide to helping students improve their school performance, self esteem and intellectual growth. 

BIOGRAPHICAL RESUME
:
 
                
DR. RICHARD O'CONNELL, Ed.D.

EDUCATION

Dr. O'Connell has a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova University, two master degrees from Manhattan College in Counseling Psychology and English Literature and a bachelor of arts from The Catholic University of America.

EXPERIENCE

Dr. Richard O’Connell’s experience includes the roles of :
District Guidance Coordinator: White Plains, NY
Director of Guidance: Paramus, New Jersey
Counselor in various New York and New Jersey public high schools: Sleepy Hollow, White Plains, West Islip,  Locust Valley High Schools and Raymond's Jr. High School.

He is a former adjunct professor at CW. Post, Long Island University and the College of New Rochelle as well as doing consulting work to improve guidance services in high schools.

AWARDS

He is the recipient of the New York State and Nassau County’s "Counselor of the Year Awards" and numerous New York State Counselor and Nassau County Association’s awards for his innovative programs and professional publications dealing with all aspects of guidance services. He was chosen as one of the Top 100 Irish Americans in 2006 for his work in education.

PUBLICATIONS

He has published with the National Association of College Admissions Counselors: "Advising the College Bound Learning Disabled Student" and with Laurel Publications: "Serving the Foreign Born Student." etc.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS 

NYSSA, WPRCA, NCA, WSCA, LICA, NYSUT   Current on all of today's counseling issues.)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Dr. O’Connell began his career teaching fifty-four students, eight subjects a day in the same classroom. He then spent two years teaching high school English before beginning his career as a guidance counselor. Presently he does volunteer work at Roosevelt High School, working with minority students in their efforts to enter and finance college. He works under the auspices of THE YONKERS PARTNERS IN EDUCATION.

FIRST BOOK REVIEW CONTINUED:
Dr. O’Connell has effectively identified the rough spots (that typically have to do with ego or lack of experience) that can easily derail what should be a harmonious team effort within the school system. The many awards earned for superior guidance skills are reflected in the author’s understanding of human nature and willingness to adjust, fine tune or even reverse his approach when warranted. As a public relations professional specializing in training corporate chief executive officers to deal with confrontational media interviews, I recognized many of the same techniques in Dr. O'Connell's approach to preparing students for college.

 

 

 

The author's success as a guidance counselor is clearly built upon a powerfully refined and intuitive sense about people including students, parents, college admissions officers and the entire extended school community. These same people skills are artfully applied to identifying and developing his students' natural talents and promoting these strengths.

As the mother of four, the book provided insights I had not previously considered and which proved invaluable when my all my children applied to college. All four were admitted to Princeton University under Dr. O'Connell's guidance. 

Clearly, Dr. O’Connell’s approach leaves no student behind from the most gifted to learning disabled. His anecdotes about learning disabled and minority students and his work helping them to mainstream into the school community demonstrate that every student has something important to contribute to the school.

THE SECRETS TO BEING A GREAT SCHOOL COUNSELOR
 was a quick and joyful read, illuminating and delightful in every way. It should become a reference book for parents, school personnel, and graduate schools of education nationwide to guide and assist students in achieving their full potential. It is a Practical and Candid Handbook, which focuses on implementing changes in each member of the school community so as to boost and energize student performance.

Relying on practical, everyday solutions, and filled with techniques and entertaining anecdotes, this is an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, administrators and anyone who seeks to make students more effective.

A major complaint about some of today’s schools is the lack of professional and caring guidance services. Award-winning guidance counselor, Dr. Richard O’Connell, has the solution. Using diplomacy, humor, and his decades of experience, Dr. O’Connell gives step-by-step instructions on how counselors, administrators, teachers and parents can all pull together to motivate students.

Dr. O’Connell deals with the mechanics of guidance, from college planning to government regulations, to helping learning disabled students. Opening up dialogs and listening to what is being said is key, suggests Dr. O’Connell. Packed with hands-on information and techniques, he stresses that for parents and school personnel to be effective, they must impact the entire school community.

Warmly engaging, O’Connell’s handbook is nothing less than the quintessential guide for the school community in helping students improve their school performance.

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