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MI Success With School Children 

Motivational interviewing (MI) may be a useful tool for counselors working with school children who have chronic, persistent patterns of misbehavior, suggests a new study in the October issue of the Journal of Counseling & Development. Working with boys and girls ages 10–12 who had been placed in alternative education, researchers Wannigar Ratanavivan and Richard J. Ricard found that nearly half behaved better in class after participating in an MI-based intervention. Those children who engaged in change talk and expressed increasing readiness to change were more likely to show improvements noticed by their teachers.

FEATURED ARTICLE Volume 96 ■ Number 4 ■ October 2018:

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Effects of a Motivational Interviewing–Based Counseling Program on Classroom Behavior of Children in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program
Wannigar Ratanavivan and Richard J. Ricard


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Perfectionism and School Counselors: Differences in Stress, Coping, and Burnout 
Heather J. Fye, Philip B. Gnilka, and Sarah E. McLaulin

Examining Leadership With American Counseling Association Presidents: A Grounded Theory of Leadership Identity Development
Donna M. Gibson, Colette T. Dollarhide, Julie M. Moss, Yahyahan Aras, and Thomas Mitchell

Counselors’ Mandated Responsibility to Report Child Maltreatment: A Review of U.S. Laws
Maureen C. Kenny, Roberto L. Abreu, Claire Helpingstine, Angel Lopez, and Ben Mathews

An Ecological View of School Counselor Ratios and Student Academic Outcomes: A National Investigation
Emily Goodman-Scott, Christopher A. Sink, Blaire E. Cholewa, and Melanie Burgess

Child-Centered Play Therapy: Aggression, Empathy, and Self-Regulation
Brittany J. Wilson and Dee Ray

Using Wellness and Resilience to Predict Age Perception in Older Adulthood
Matthew C. Fullen, Darcy Haag Granello, Virginia E. Richardson, and Paul F. Granello

Implications for Wellness-Based Supervision and Professional Quality of Life
Karisse A. Callender and A. Stephen Lenz

Exploration of Prelicensed Counselors’ Experiences Prioritizing Information for Clinical Supervision
Ryan M. Cook and Corrine R. Sackett

Theory & Practice
Promoting Wellness in Refugee Populations
Ashley J. Blount and Hannah E. Acquaye

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