Whereas the American School Counselor
Association has designated February 5 through 9, 2018, as National School Counseling Week; Whereas school counselors
have long advocated for equal opportunities for all students; Whereas school counselors
help develop well-rounded students by guiding students through academic, social and emotional, and career development; Whereas personal and social growth results in increased academic achievement; Whereas school counselors
play a vital role in ensuring that students are ready for both college and careers;
This study sought to understand school counselor
advocacy for lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) students using the theory of planned behavior (Ajzen, 2015).
According to the American School Counselor
Association, the student-to-counselor ratio should be 250 students to 1, or less.
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is a certified School Counselor
and Teacher with the Ysleta Independent School District in El Paso, Texas; Marilyn F.
assisting students with disabilities School districts should clearly define the role of a school counselor
when working with students with disabilities.
In a study of 144 building administrators three factors were identified that come into play when a potential school counselor
is considered for possible employment.
In response to Christopher Griffin's Student Counsel column ("High School Counselors
Take it on the Chin," September 2010), the American School Counselor
Association (ASCA) agrees with many of the conclusions of the Public Agenda study: More school counselors
are needed, and existing counselors should not be overloaded with noncounseling duties preventing them from spending time guiding students to academic success and postsecondary education.
The national standards of the American School Counselor
Association (ASCA, 1997; Campbell & Dahir, 1997), the Transforming School Counseling Initiative (Education Trust, 1997), and the ASCA (2003, 2005) National Model have directed school counselors
to respect the past and embrace the present but forge a new vision to the future.
These consultants include professional school counselors
, school counselor
educators, and school administrators.
If trained properly, the school counselor
is best suited to lead these changes in order to facilitate a climate of safety and support for these students, who are deserving of an equal opportunity to learn.
Alternative "stages," which the author believes are appropriate in tracing the history of the school counselor
movement, are presented as an example of this approach.