LSU Associate Dean Publishes Book on Career Counseling

09/09/2013 02:56 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU College of Human Sciences & Education Interim Associate Dean for Programs and Services Jennifer Curry recently published the book “Career Counseling in P-12 Schools.”

Career Counseling in P-12 Schools presents a comprehensive, developmental and practical approach to preparing school counselors to conceptualize the career development needs of P-12 students and design and implement relevant career interventions.

The text covers career counseling and development specifically geared to PreK-12 schools and reflects the American School Counselor Association’s National Model for school counseling with career counseling as a core competency. It describes a developmental, ecosystemic approach informed by career theory and presents career counseling programs and interventions sequentially, based on grade and age level. It also features case studies, end-of-chapter discussion points, self-test questions and counselor activities.

“In this book, we take a multisystemic, developmental and comprehensive approach to Pre K-12 Career and College Readiness,” said Curry. “There is no other book like this on the market. It’s the first book of its kind to highlight contemporary federal initiatives for promoting students’ post-secondary options, the American School Counselor Association’s National model for school counseling programs, and application of career and college readiness by grade level elementary through secondary.”

“Having the opportunity to work on this book literally changed my career,” she added. “After conducting the research necessary to write about students’ career and college readiness, I see many possibilities for designing interventions, service learning, applying for grants and using what I have learned in my own classroom instruction. I am very grateful to have had the time and support given to me at LSU so that I could accomplish this important task.”

Curry serves as the coordinator of the school counseling program within the College of Human Sciences & Education. She earned her master’s degree in human development counseling from Vanderbilt University, with a doctorate in counselor education from the University of Central Florida. Curry also has a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Kentucky University. She previously served as a professional school counselor at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She has presented her work at more than 70 national and international conferences, published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed, refereed national and international counseling journals, as well as the edited book on play therapy for specific childhood concerns, Integrating Play Techniques in Comprehensive School Counseling Programs.

The LSU School of Education counseling program prepares students to function as professional counselors in a variety of human service settings such as schools, college counseling centers, mental health treatment facilities and private practice. It prepares students to meet the mental health needs of clients in the state of Louisiana and nationally. Graduates use their knowledge and skills to help individuals, couples, and families from diverse populations to enhance life adjustment, foster personal growth and wellness, promote social justice and advocacy, and expand competencies in coping with environmental demands across the lifespan.

The LSU School of Education offers graduate and undergraduate programs in curriculum and instruction and in educational leadership, research, and counseling. The school’s mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues. Visit the School of Education at

The College of Human Sciences & Education is a nationally accredited division of LSU. Formed in 2012, the college brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer eight undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The college is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research and service and is continually working to improve its programs. Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Monday, September 9, 2013