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Preparing School Counselor Trainees to Work With Students With Exceptionalities
Aaron Oberman and Tammy Graham
Professional school counselors play an important role in the education of all
students. As a result, school counselor trainees need to be properly prepared to
work with students with exceptionalities. This paper reviews laws impacting
students with exceptionalities, discusses various roles of school counselors in the
education of students with exceptionalities, and focuses on several educational
strategies utilized by one professor in order to better prepare school counselor
trainees for working with students with special needs. Examples of in-class
activities, assignments, and field experiences are provided to help counseling
faculty members improve the preparation of the school counselor trainee when
working with students with exceptionalities.
Keywords: students with special needs, school counselor trainee