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School Counselors and Border Violence Narratives

Lorraine M. Dinkel, Araceli G. Rodriguez, and Belinda Gonzalez


In response to the call for more crisis intervention training from the American
School Counselor Association and Council for Accreditation of Counseling and
Related Educational Programs, the authors explored the experiences of
professional school counselors (PSCs) with students who have experienced
border violence. This was a small exploratory study of a local situation: six PSCs
were interviewed in a small city on the United States/Mexico border. The study
revealed student themes of family loss, trafficking, and fear, as well as PSCs’
impressions of the impact of border violence.

Keywords: border violence, human-induced crisis, professional school counselors

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