Counseling & Special Ed
Course No. ED409R, ED509R
In todayʼs educational world, it is not uncommon for one to have the need for counseling strategies as well as teaching strategies. In this day of abuse, suicide, gangs, violence, drugs to name a few, educators are being asked to be not only academically proficient, but to be quasi-counselors. This course will provide educators with basic skills and guidelines for a wide variety of student situations where counseling skills would be valuable. Specifics will include conflict resolution, classroom discussions, individual discussions, and student centered groups.
The focus will not be to have each person become a counselor, but instead to be able to effectively ask questions, direct discussions toward resolution and to know when to refer a person on to others. This course will be helpful to all teachers, counselors, support service personnel, specialists and administrators. Increasing student communication will be addressed and specific models will be presented. At the conclusion of this course, each person will feel more equipped to handle daily situations and specific problems. Whether a student is in need of relationship guidance, frustrations at home, problems on the playground or general social skills, each person will have an increase in confidence and skills to aid students.
|We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering.
1. Identified factors contributing to student withdrawal.
2. Developed strategies to address classroom disruption and problems.
3. Intervened effectively with questions and re-focus discussions.
4. Listed intervention strategies for different areas of dysfunction as they apply to students.
5. Organized and run a classroom meeting.
6. Assessed appropriate interventions and integrate them into daily routines in schools.
7. Addressed preventative methods within the school system for students.
A course manual may be downloaded, from the instructor’s website at http://www.michaelsedler.com/ without charge, once you have registered for this course.
Click on classes, from there scroll down the page and click on the orange lettering ‘Manual’ next to the class “Counseling Skills”. It will download as a PDF.
While there is no fee for the manual, you may have to pay in order to order a book from the bibliography. Or, you may borrow one from a friend or check one out at the public library for free.
Dr. Sedler has put together a very practical and accessible course for giving educators the basic skills they need communicate effectively with their students. I found this course to be both helpful and encouraging to continue doing the work teachers do everyday. This course should be part of every teacher training program.
12th Grade Teacher