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Russell A. Sabella, Ph.D. - Florida Gulf Coast University. Fort Myers, FL, US

Russell A. Sabella, Ph.D.

Expert in school counseling, cyberbullying, technology and social networking | Florida Gulf Coast University


Russell Sabella is an expert in solution-focused brief counseling, consultations and parent conferences.



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Parenting with Technology Interview - Bossier Parish Schools Is your Snapchat Safe?



Russell A. Sabella is a professor of school counseling in the College of Education, Florida Gulf Coast University and president of Sabella & Associates.

Dr. Sabella is author of numerous articles published in journals, magazines, and newsletters. He is also well-known for his Solution-Focused Brief Counseling, School Counseling Technology, and Data Boot Camp for Counselor workshops conducted throughout the country. Sabella is past President (2003-2004) of the of the American School Counselor Association, and the Florida School Counselor Association (2013-2014).

He has trained and consulted with thousands of school counselors, educators, parents, and organizational leaders throughout the country.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Solution-Focused Brief Counseling

AI in School Counseling

Technological Literacy for School Counselors

School Counseling Use of Data

Education (4)

University of Florida: Ph.D., Counselor Education 1995

University of Florida: Specialist in Education, School Counseling 1990

University of Florida: M.Ed., Education 1990

University of Florida: B.S., Psychology 1987

Affiliations (3)

  • Florida School Counselor Association : Past President
  • American School Counselor Association : Past President
  • International Journal of Bullying Prevention : Editorial Board

Selected Media Appearances (12)

One mother is asking Collier County Public Schools to make masks optional for students in the classroom

Fox 4  tv


Russell Sabella discusses masks in the classroom.

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Counseling center offers virtual support to students, parents

Fox 4  tv


Russell Sabella discusses a new program that offers free virtual counseling to local K-12 students in Southwest Florida.

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We meet the author of the 'School Counselor Side Hustle'

WGCU  radio


Russell Sabella talks about his new book, "School Counselor Side Hustle."

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Instagram account targets students, calling them 'ugly' at Varsity Lakes Middle School

Fox 4  tv


Russell Sabella offers parents guidance on the best ways to monitor their children's social media use.

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Millennials say technology is stressing them out

NBC2  tv


"FGCU Professor of Counseling Dr. Russell Sabella said it’s the fear of missing out that keeps you reaching for your smartphone on average every 12 minutes."

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Schools wage unending battle against bullying

Time Herald  


Russell Sabella talks about reducing bullying in schools.

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BBB warns about popular social media quizzes



Russell Sabella discusses the privacy implications of free online quizzes.

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Copycat threats to Collier schools surged after Parkland shooting attack

Naples Daily News  


Russell Sabella is quoted discussing the Parkland mass school shooting.

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Expert Says Use Technology To Fight Cyber Bullying



Russell Sabella quoted about recommended actions parents can take to counter cyber-bullying.

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What if your child is the bully?

ABC7  tv


Russell Sabella offers "suggestions for parents who realize their child has become a bully."

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What is on your child's mobile device?

NBC2  tv


Russell Sabella reviews children's devices at the request of NBC2 to give parents guidance on how best to monitor social media activity.

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Plainfield East engulfed in sexting case

Chicago Tribune  


Russell Sabella is quoted talking about the consequences of a sexting case in Plainfield, IL.

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Selected Event Appearances (5)

Keynote Address: Enhancing your Datability

Annual conference of the Alaska School Counselor Association  


Helping Children with Stress and Anxiety: A Comprehensive Approach

Kansas School Counselor Association and the Annual Emporia State University Conference, Emporia, Kansas  


Helping Kids Stay Out of High-Tech Trouble

Alaska School Counselor Association, Anchorage, Alaska  


Parenting in a high-tech world

Presentation to parents, Schick Hillel Community School, North Miami Beach, Florida  


Guarding Kids Against High Tech Trouble

Tennessee School Counselor and Administrator Leadership Institute, Murfreesboro, Tennessee  


Selected Articles (5)

Solution focused brief counseling with children and adolescents

In Vernon, A. (Editor). Counseling Children and Adolescents (5th ed).

Sabella, R.A.

2019 This book chapter describes an evidence based approach, solution focused brief counseling (SFBC) as it is applied to children in various settings. Included is a description for how SFBC works in individual counseling, small group counseling, classroom lessons, and parent conferences.

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Data Boot Camp for School Counselors and Administrators 2.0.

Sabella & Associates, LLC

Sabella, R.A.

2015 This tutorial, equivalent to a full day workshop, is designed to provide you with step-by-step instructions for learning tips, tricks, and shortcuts when dealing with data in your work as a school counselor, administrator, or other educator.

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Cyberbullying: How school counselors can help

In Patchin, J.W. & Hinduja, S. Cyberbullying prevention and response: Expert perspectives.

Sabella, R.A.

2012 This book chapter highlights several initiatives that school counselors can use as part of a comprehensive school counseling program to reduce the risk of cyberbullying among students. Included are details about helping in policy development, delivering classroom lessons, individual counseling, small group counseling, providing professional development for both students and their family members, and using technology to assist.

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School counselors perceived importance of counseling technology competencies

Computers in Human Behavior

Sabella, R.A., Poynton, T. & Isaacs, M. L.

2010 The purpose of this study was to determine levels of perceived importance of technological competencies among school counselors, school counseling students, supervisors, and counselor educators as the competencies relate to their work. Results indicated that technology competencies relating to Ethical Standards and Data Management practices were rated as most important. Technological competencies rated lowest for level of importance related to Multimedia and Web Development. Four of the other subscales were very similar in overall average ratings and included Word Processing, World Wide Web, Communication and Collaboration, and Operating Systems. In addition, findings indicate that neither the participant’s age, level of practice, or position (e.g., graduate student vs. practitioner) affects the perceived importance of technological competencies included in this survey. Implications for practice, training, and future research are included.

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Solution focused guided imagery in a group setting

Journal for Specialists in Group Work

Sklare, G.B., Sabella, R.A., Petrosko, J.