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College of Health Professions and Social Work

College of Health Professions and Social Work

Russ Sabella, Ph.D.
Russ Sabella, Ph.D.

Professor & Program Director, School Counseling - Counseling
Phone: (239) 590-7782
Office: Merwin Hall - 284

Dr. Russell A. Sabella is currently a Professor of Counseling in the College of Education, Florida Gulf Coast University and President of Sabella & Associates. His concentration of research, training, consultation and publication includes:

  • individual and group counseling
  • counseling technology & tech-literacy
  • comprehensive school counseling programs
  • peer helper programs and training
  • sexual harassment risk reduction
  • solution focused brief counseling/consultation
  • solution focused leadership and organizational development

Russ is author of numerous articles published in journals, magazines, and newsletters. He is co-author of two books entitled Confronting Sexual Harassment: Learning Activities for Teens (Educational Media; 1995) and Counseling in the 21st Century: Using Technology to Improve Practice (American Counseling Association; 2004). He is also author of the popular A Friendly and Practical Guide to the World Wide Web (2nd edition; Educational Media; 2003), A Practical Guide to Keeping Kids Out of High-Tech Trouble (2008, Educational Media Corporation) and well-known for his Technology Boot Camp for Counselor workshops conducted throughout the country. Dr. Sabella is past President (2003-2004) of the of the American School Counselor Association.

Russ has trained and consulted with thousands of school counselors, educators, parents, and organizational leaders throughout the country. You can access and review his comprehensive vita online at

For more information about Dr. Sabella, visit

Dr. Sabella teaches various courses across both Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling curriculum.

Florida Gulf Coast University

  • Advanced School Counseling Methods
  • ASCA Conference 2002 Independent Study (1 cr)
  • Career Development
  • Consultation & Collaborative Problem Solving
  • Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • Group Work for School Professionals
  • Internship in Mental Health and School Counseling
  • Introduction to School Counseling
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Introduction to Mental Health Counseling
  • Learning and Developing Child
  • Research Methods and Program Assessment
  • School Counseling Practicum
  • Technology for School Leaders

University of Louisville

  • Advanced Elementary School Practicum
  • Consulting with Parents & Teachers
  • Counseling Theories and Techniques/Children
  • Counseling Adolescents
  • Elementary School Counseling PRE-Practicum
  • Elementary School Counseling Practicum
  • Foundations of Elementary School Counseling
  • Group Procedures with Children
  • Group Process and Procedures
  • Technology Literacy for Counselors

University of Pennsylvania

  • Research Methods

To learn more, access Dr. Sabella’s CV at

Dr. Sabella’s scholarship (and service) focuses on five primary areas: comprehensive school counseling programs; peer helper programs and training; counseling technology; technological safety among children (e.g., cyberbullying and digital reputation); and solution focused brief counseling/consultation.

Publications: Books

                Isaacs, M. & Sabella, R.A. (In progress). Legal & ethical issues in school counseling and technology.

                Myrick, R. D. & Sabella, R.A. (2015). Stress management and relaxation. Gainesville, FL: Faulkner Press.

                Sabella, R. A. (2008). A practical guide to keeping kids out of high-Tech trouble. Minneapolis, MN: Educational Media Corporation.

                Sabella, R. A. (Editor, 2005). School Counseling Principles: Foundations and basics. Alexandria, VA: American School Counselor Association.

                Tyler, J.M., & Sabella, R.A. (2004). Using technology to improve counseling practice: A primer for the 21st Century. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

                Sabella, R. A. (2003). A friendly and practical guide to the World Wide Web. (2nd edition) Minneapolis, MN: Educational Media Corporation.

                Sabella, R. A. & Myrick, R. D.  (1995).  Confronting sexual harassment: Learning activities for teens.  Minneapolis, MN: Educational Media Corporation.

Publications: Book Chapters

                Sabella, R.A. (2012). Cyberbullying: How school counselors can help. In Patchin, J.W. & Hinduja, S. Cyberbullying prevention and response: Expert perspectives. Routledge.

                Sabella, R.A.  (2011). Technological literacy for mental health counselors. In Weikel & Palmo (Eds) Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (4th edition), Charles Thomas Pub Ltd.

                Sabella, R. A. & Stanley, T. (2008). School counseling and technology: An overview. In Allen, J.M. Empowering the 21st Century Professional School Counselor, Counseling Outfitters.

                Sabella, R.A. (2008). Technology & treatment. In Leong, Frederick T. L., Encyclopedia of Counseling. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 

                Sabella, R.A. (2007). School counseling and technology. In Wittmer, J. Managing and implementing a K-12 guidance and counseling program (3rd ed). Minneapolis, MN: Educational Media Corporation.

                Sabella, R.A. & Tyler, J. M. (2006). Technological literacy for mental health counselors. In Weikel & Palmo (Eds) Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (3rd edition), Charles Thomas Pub Ltd.

                Sabella, R.A. (2001). Faces of harassment in schools. In Sandhu, D.S. (Editor) Faces of violence in schools. Huntington, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

                Sabella, R.A, and Tyler, J. M. (2001). Elementary school counselor technology competencies. In Sandhu, D.S. (Editor). Elementary school counseling in the new millennium. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

                Sabella, R.A. (2000). School counseling and technology. In Wittmer, J. Managing and implementing a K-12 guidance and counseling program (2nd ed). Minneapolis, MN: Educational Media Corporation.

Publications: Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)

                Isaacs, M. L. & Sabella, R. A. (2013). Counselor educator compensation, work patterns, and career outlook. Journal for International Counselor Education, 5, 32-49. Available online:

                Sabella, R. A., Patchin, J. W., & Hinduja, S. (2013).  Cyberbullying myths and realities. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(6), 2703-2711.

                Sabella, R., Valesky, T., & Isaacs, M. (2012). Technology Assisted School Counselor and Principal Collaboration. Available online:

                Sabella, R.A., Poynton, T. & Isaacs, M. L. (2010). School counselors perceived importance of counseling technology competencies. Computers in Human Behavior. Vol. 26(4), p. 609-617. Available online:

                Hayden, L., Poynton, T, & Sabella, R.A. (2008). School counselors' use of technology within the ASCA National Model's delivery system. Journal of Technology in Counseling, Vol 5(1). Available online at

                Valesky, T. & Sabella, R.A. (November, 2006). Podcasting in educational leadership and counseling. Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration 2006 Yearbook: Looking back - moving ahead! Auburn, AL: Truman Pierce Institute. p. 35-42.

                Sabella, R.A. (2006). The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National School Counseling Research Center: A Brief History and Agenda. Professional School Counseling, 9(5), 412-415.

                Sklare, G.B., Sabella, R.A., Petrosko, J. (2003). Solution focused guided imagery in a group setting. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, Vol. 8(24), p. 370-381.

                Sabella, R.A., & Booker, B. (2003). Using technology to promote your guidance and counseling program among stake holders. Professional School Counseling, Vol. 6(3), p. 206-213.

                Sabella, R.A.  (1998). Practical technology applications for peer helper programs and training. Peer Facilitator Quarterly, 15(2), 4-13.

                Sabella, R. A.  (1998) World wide web resources for counseling children and adolescents with disabilities. Professional School Counseling, , 2(1), 47-53.

                Sabella, R. A. (1997). Sexual harassment in schools: What’s the problem? The Journal for the Professional Counselor, 12(1), 55-67.

                Sabella, R. A. (1996). School counselors and computers: Specific time saving tips. Elementary School Guidance & Counseling, 31(2), 83-95.

                Myrick, R. D., Highland, W. H., & Sabella, R. A.  (1995).  Peer helpers and perceived effectiveness.  Elementary School Guidance and Counseling, 29(4), 278-288.

                Myrick, R. D. & Sabella, R. A.  (1995).  Cyberspace: New place for counselor supervision.    Elementary School Guidance and Counseling, 30(1).

                Sabella, R. A., Thomas, D. M., & Myrick, R. D.  (1995).  Peer helper training evaluations: A retrospective approach.  The Peer Facilitator Quarterly, 12(3).

                Sabella, R. A. & Myrick, R. D.  (1995)  Peer helpers confront sexual harassment.  The Peer Facilitator Quarterly, 13(1).

Publications: Journal Articles (Invited)

                Sabella, R.A. (2009).  Cyberbullying: Who, what, where,  why, and what now? Counseling and Human Development, Denver, CO: Love Publishing. Vol. 41(8), p. 1-16.

                Sabella, R.A. (2004). A reaction to counseling psychology and school counseling: An underutilized partnership. The Counseling Psychologist, Vol. 32, 2, p. 263-269.

Publications: Multimedia

Sabella, R.A. (2015). Data Boot Camp for School Counselors and Administrators 2.0 (available online at

Sabella, R. A. (2013). The Time Elapsed Analysis & Reporting System (T.E.A.R.S.) is a Microsoft Excel add-in that automatically calculates the total amount of time that you have spent in different aspects of your work. After exporting your calendar data from Microsoft Outlook to Excel, this add-in extracts elapsed time, sums up the number of hours in each category, and then produces both a table and a chart.

Sabella, R.A. (2008-present).
Sabella, R. A. (2005) World Wide Web Boot Camp for School Counselors CD-ROM.
Sabella, R.A. (1996-present).

To learn more, access Dr. Sabella’s CV at

Highlighted Service

  • American School Counselor Association President-Elect, President, Past President (July 2002-October 2005).
  • Florida School Counselor Association President, President-Elect (2011-2013)
  • Florida School Counselor Association, Post-Secondary Level Vice President (2006-2008 and January 2010 - July 2011).
  • Hundreds of workshops throughout the United States among at least 40,000 school counselors and other educators. (please see CV).
  • Governing Board, National Peer Helper Association (July, 1997 - July, 1998).
  • Editorial Positions including Professional School Counselor (official publication of the American School Counselor Association) Editorial Board (June 1996 - 2001; 2010-2013); The Prevention Researcher, Editorial Board, (2003 - 2011); Peer Facilitator Quarterly (Official publication of the National Peer Helper Association), Editor. June, 2000-June 2006); and Journal for Technology in Counseling, Editorial Board Member(November 1998 - present).
  • External doctoral committee member for several students throughout the country.
  • College of Health Professions and Social Work Faculty Council, Chair (2014-2015).
  • College of Education Faculty Governance Team (Chair), 2012 - 2014)
  • Counseling Program Faculty Search Committee Chair (2015)
  • Provost Positioning and Alignment Task Force (2010-2011)
  • FGCU Sabbatical Review Committee (2010)
  • FGCU Teaching Excellence Award Review Committee (2010)
  • Teaching Enhancement Center Development Committee (November 2004 - 2008)

To learn more, access Dr. Sabella’s CV at