Strengths Based Interventions for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Implications for School Counselors

As school counselors seek to increase their role in schools, they will have the opportunity to interact with a growing number of students diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD). Often, these students are struggling in one of a school counselor‘s three domains of expertise: academic, career, and personal/social counseling. Strengths-based interventions are needed to support this population. Adlerian school counselors are well trained to provide strengths-based support to students, families, and schools. This paper will give an overview of the current state of EBD interventions. Interventions that build on strengths and have delivered positive results, such as positive behavior support, resiliency building, and social/emotional curriculum will be discussed. Implications for the role school counselors can play with this population will also be addressed.

Christa A. Sanders
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