Opening School Doors to Communities and Families: A Social Capital Perspective for Multiparty Collaboration

  • Elizabeth A. Mellin Binghamton University, College of Community and Public Affairs
  • Elise E. Belknap The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Counseling
  • Ian L. Brodie Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA
  • Kristen Sholes Brockway Area Elementary School, Brockway, PA
Keywords: Social capital, Collaboration, School counselors, Communities, Families

Abstract

Multiparty collaboration is largely acknowledged as a best practice strategy for school counselors. Although collaboration among schools, families, and communities is seen as necessary for community change and systems transformation, policies and efforts to increase collaboration in and with schools are a step ahead of theory and research. This article introduces social capital theory as a lens for school counselors who are working to transform their communities through multiparty collaboration. Practical suggestions for strengthening collaborative practice and research on multiparty collaboration are offered.
Published
2015-06-01
How to Cite
Mellin, E., Belknap, E., Brodie, I., & Sholes, K. (2015). Opening School Doors to Communities and Families: A Social Capital Perspective for Multiparty Collaboration. Journal for Social Action in Counseling & Psychology, 7(1), 1-18. Retrieved from https://openjournals.bsu.edu/jsacp/article/view/345