Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type



school counseling, classroom management, guidance curriculum, school counseling core curriculum

Subject Area

Counselor Education, School Counseling


A school counseling core curriculum is typically delivered in a classroom setting. Therefore, school counselors need to be prepared to manage a classroom during the delivery of classroom core curriculum lessons. Phenomenological research methodology was used to understand the classroom management experiences of seven school counselors in their first year of employment. Findings indicated that participants’ experiences were influenced by: a) prior knowledge and experience, b) relationships with teachers and students, c) the classroom teacher’s management style, and d) the ability to plan, organize, and deliver engaging, developmentally appropriate core curriculum lessons. Implications for school counselors, and counselor educators in preparing school counselors for classroom management, and specific training techniques are discussed.





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