Teachers and School Counselors Enhancing Student Social Emotional Learning Through Consultation


  • Laurie Dickstein-Fischer Salem State University
  • Kristina Scott Salem State University
  • Jillian Connally Salem State University


Social and emotional learning has been given more attention with states seeking to construct intrapersonal and interpersonal objectives to couple with already established academic cognitive standards (CASEL, 2013). Potential for academic growth in all students is intrinsically linked with their social and emotional development (CASEL, 2013). Meeting today’s students’ social and emotional needs, however, is still not a focal point or an objective in our teacher preparation programming (Furney, Hazaki, Clark/Keefe, & Harnett, 2003). To best meet the needs of today’s students, therefore, requires an open dialogue and partnership between school counselors and classroom teachers. This conceptual article describes effective utilization of the five modes of consultation through application to a school counselor/teacher consultative relationship case study, highlighting practices that teachers and school counselors can use to integrate social and emotional competency development into content area instruction.

Author Biographies

Laurie Dickstein-Fischer, Salem State University

Dr. Laurie Dickstein-Fischer was awarded the 2017 Massachusetts Counselor Educator of the Year Award.  She received her Master’s from John Hopkins University and her PhD from Northeastern University in the combined counseling psychology and school psychology program, APA Accredited Program. She is an Assistant Professor in the Secondary and Higher Education Department at Salem State University (SSU), and is the Program Director for the graduate School Counseling program at SSU.  During her academic and clinical career, she has worked towards integrating her research, teaching, and clinical endeavors. She is an experienced clinician who has worked with children and adults of all ages, across a broad spectrum of clinical settings. She has trained and provided psychological interventions at Baltimore City Public Schools, Massachusetts Mental Health Center (Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry), Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Columbia Valley Community Health department of behavioral medicine.  She is often featured in the newspaper and television for her research pertaining to autism and her robot named PABI! 

Kristina Scott, Salem State University

Assistant Professor of Special Education

Salem State University

Jillian Connally, Salem State University

School Counselor
Annie L. Sargent Elementary School