Helping College Students
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There is a need for a book that fully examines the specific and unique awareness, knowledge, and skills that are necessary for student affairs and other practitioners to be effective and ethical in their helping, counseling, and advising roles. This book addresses the core assumptions and underlying beliefs that impact the helping, counseling, and advising roles and skills that are central to higher education. It synthesizes and integrates information from traditional counseling therapy texts and offers examples of how to utilize such skills within student affairs. Written for faculty members and professionals.


Amy L. Reynolds, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She teaches core courses and advanced seminars for master's students in mental health counseling and doctoral students in counseling psychology. She is coauthor of Multicultural Competence in Student Affairs from Jossey-Bass.




About the Authors.


1. Student Affairs Practitioners as Helpers.

2. Mental Health Needs and Realities on Campus.

3. Ethical Implications for Helping in Higher Education.

4. Underlying and Relevant Helping Theories (John A. Mueller).


5. Becoming a Multiculturally Competent Helper.

6. Microcounseling Skills (Marcia Roe Clark).

7. Conflict and Crisis Management.

8. Group Dynamics and Skills.

9. Supervision.

10. Looking to the Future: Integrating the Helping Role.




“While Helping College Students focuses on helping skills needed by student affairs practitioners, and the examples and supporting illustrations are drawn from student affairs practice, the book describes contexts and issues related to helping in such inclusive and convincing ways that faculty and other professionals in higher education will also find information they can use to increase their effectiveness in their work on campus. 

In addition to providing illustrations of specific contexts calling for helping skills, Reynolds makes extensive use of references to books and articles related both to student affairs and to higher education in general… The citations not only provide solid grounding for the points Reynolds makes and the information she provides, but also offer a rich resource for further exploration of issues and skills related to helping in higher education settings. 

Readers will… leave with a more comprehensive understanding of the scope, necessity, and particulars of helping skills needed to work effectively with students and to help them succeed. That kind of knowledge will benefit both higher education professionals and the students and others with whom they interact.”

—The National Teaching and Learning Forum