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Component #1: Professional Identity1) Information, career objectives and trends for professional school counselors have changed over time. In the beginning, the major role of a school counselor was to guide students in their vocational practice. Erford (2019) noted that during the 1900’s, the US economy was changing especially in job-related diversity bringing it to the forefront and causing it to require atthe time to “prepare young people to take advantage of the growing opportunities in the workforce” (p. 4). As a result, the counselors of that time, mainly focused on vocational guidance and training, even though there were recommendations that young people also be explored further for their talents and motivations in order to help them develop resources (Cowley, 1937 found in Erford, 2019). Ideologies that young people needed more support, resources, and educational aptitude guidance can be noted as the first steps to transforming professional school counseling objectives to target other competency areas.Consequently, the concepts of a working as professional school counselor have continuedto adapt since the 1950’s and 60’s with support from ASCA, APGA, and ACA to make it into a comprehensive plan that serves all students. A school counseling comprehensive plan includes direct and indirect services to students while also gathering school data on trends to promote equity and advocacy in the school (Erford, 2019). Furthermore, school counselor provides classroom guidance lessons, individual counseling, small group counseling, peer mentorship, andcrisis response to students as part of their developmental school counseling program (Erford, 2019).Professional school counseling roles are significant to student development, however, to fully assist students, a whole system approach needs to be implemented. As a result, school counselor roles progressed into a collaborative approach where teachers, administrators, parents and community members strengthen their partnership to successfully guide students towards achievements in academic, social constructs and career planning (ASCA, 2017). School counselors consult and collaborate with teachers, administrators and parents to not only assist with student concerns, but also to discuss curriculum planning, work-related concerns, develop academic or behavioral interventions and improve school environment (Erford, 2019). Most importantly, for school counselors work towards “ensuring equitable access to opportunities and rigorous curriculum for all students to participate fully in the educational process” collaboration is needed within and outside of the school (ASCA, 2017).2) School counselors experience multifaceted challenges when working with students, families and communities of diverse backgrounds. As a result, it is vital to be aware of what professional credentials represent as this will indicate a school counselor education and license certification. For example, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) mission is to “promote the professional competence of counseling and

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