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Component #1: Professional Identity1)Grounded in knowledge of history and trends in the profession, student describesroles and functions of the contemporary professional school counselor in relation toothers within and outside of the school in planning and implementing a collaborativemodel for school counseling.The area of counseling is not a new ideal;it’s roote can be traced back to ancient timeswhen mentore and elders bestowed upon young people their knowledge and guidance(Erford, 2019, p.2).Over time and through many legislative acts, the roles andfunctions of the Professional School Counselor (PSC) have been reconceptualized.Today PSCs main roles include advocator, leader, collaborator, and consultant(American School Counselor Association, 2016).Furthermore, school counselors workto close achievement and opportunity gaps among students and address student’ssocial/emotional, personal, andcareer development needs.When planning and implementing a collaborative model for school counseling it isnecessary that the PSC and all other involved stakeholders have a common missionwith common goals that is in sync with the school and the district's missions.The PSCwill lead the way to ensure that missions are aligned and that connections are madeboth within and outside of the school.It will also be necessary for the PSC to not onlyadvocate on behalf of all students, but to also advocate for him or herself to be sure thatall stakeholders have an understanding and clear perception of the PSCs roles.“To beeffective leaders and change agents, PSC must learn to advocate for their role in theschool system,” (Wilder, 2019, p.62).In order to being working on a collaborativeschool counseling model each stakeholder must have an understanding of the othersresponsibilities and be able to work together cohesively (Wilder, 2019, p.66).Collaboration methods will be used to remove barrier that may interfere with the schoolsability to be effective (American School Counselor Association, 2019, p. 24).Collaboration will also be used outside of the school and within the community to obtainneeded resources that can assist in meeting the needs of students.2) Student demonstrates an understanding of professional credentials, associations,organizations, preparation standards, and the ASCA National Model in advocating for anappropriate professional identity and collaborative program.PSC will have taken the necessary exams to ensure that they are properly certified. Theprofessional credentials related to PSC can be national or at the state level.NationallyPSC can be certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) by takingthe National Counselors Exam (Erford, 2019, p.146).On the state level PSC would
receive state certification in whatever state they wish to work in by taking the state’sexam.It is also necessary for PSC to gain, “membership in school counselorsprofessional organizations,” (American School Counselor Association, 2016).Two ofthe main organizations that PSC can join are the ACA and ASCA.

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