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Component 11.The scope of school counselors’ professional identity has evolved over the past centuryinto an agent of systemic change. School counselors no longer only provide individualservices to students, but now they provide guidance lessons, group counseling, act asleaders, advocate for students, collaborate with important parties, and work towardsproducing systemic change to benefit the student body as a whole. The goal of theprofessional school counselor is to enhance student success both personally andacademically. Inside of the school, school counselors collaborate with teachers,administrators, school psychologists, and other counselors. Outside of the school, schoolcounselors collaborate with parents, community organizations, and mental healthcareproviders. School counselors are responsible for assessing the needs of the students,creating a comprehensive school counseling program to address those needs, thenassessing the effectiveness of the created program to determine if the necessary changewas achieved. School counselors are trained in leadership, consultation, and managementskills that allow them to carry out their duties and meet the students personal, social,academic, and career development needs when creating and implementing a collaborativeschool counseling model (Dollarhide & Saginak, 2017).2.Professional credentials for school counselors include obtaining a master’s degree inschool counseling and obtain licensure in their state. School counselors must complete a160-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship working directly with students to obtainthe necessary experience. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) laid out aset of ethical rules for school counselors to abide by at all times during their career.ASCA also create a National Model that acts as the framework for a comprehensiveschool counseling program for school counselors to follow when creating a program oftheir own. National accrediting boards set forth training standards that ensure all schoolcounselors are equipped with the tools needed to become a competent, effective schoolcounselor (Dollarhide & Saginack, 2017). School counselors can become certified schoolcounselors through the National Board of Certified Counselors and become a member ofthe American School Counselor Association to stay up to date on current methods andtrends.3.To develop an effective, collaborative school counseling model, school counselors shouldcreate relationships with as many school personnel as possible to aid in the collaborationprocess. School counselors could collaborate with school psychologists to get deeperunderstandings of the inter-workings of students with complex psychological disordersand receive assistance on knowing when it’s time to refer to someone outside of theschool. School counselors could collaborate with teachers by talking with them aboutstudents behaviors and patterns on a daily basis in class. They could also collaborate with

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Term
Fall
Professor
Tamika Hibbert
Tags
Psychotherapy, School counselor, Education and training occupations, scope of school counselors

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