Dr. Barbara Trolley, St. Bonaventure University professor of counselor education, has co-edited and authored two chapters of a book titled “Working with Students with Disabilities: Preparing School Counselors.”
The book is part of Parson & Zhang’s series of books, “Counseling and Professional Identity.” Trolley co-edited the book along with Vicki McGinley, a professor of special education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
St. Bonaventure faculty and alumni joined Trolley in contributing to the book.
Chris Siuta, assistant professor of counselor education; Alan Silliker, associate professor of counselor education; Diana Lawrence-Brown, professor of differentiated instruction; and alumni Heather Haas, ’06, and Tamara Reynolds, ’10, also authored chapters of the book.
According to Trolley, the book is a good learning tool for school counselors, whether they are still in school, doing graduate work; recent graduates; or counselors who have been in the field for 20 years.
She added that anyone at a school working as a team with counselors, such as special education directors, teachers and principals, would benefit from the book, in addition to parents of children with special needs.
Trolley said the book has case activities and exercises for readers to do.
“It’s one of the first books that’s ever had a combination of special education and school counseling,” Trolley said. “It really touches on comprehensive topics, and lays the foundation of applying the knowledge to practice, especially within the context of working within a team in the school.”
With her background in counseling, Trolley said she enjoyed working with co-editor McGinley. The collaboration acted as a nice checks-and-balances system, making sure the book coherently combined counseling and special education, she said.
“It’s a good marriage of the two fields,” Trolley said.
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