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Component #1: Foundation#1. There are many ways that professional school counselors demonstrate leadership. According to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model (2012) structural leadership, human resource leadership, political leadership, and symbolic leadership are four ways professional school counselors display leadership. The majority of structural leadership takes place during the building stage of counseling programs. Professional school counselors complete all the necessary education requirements to become a school counselor and continue their education journey throughout the years through professional development courses. Good leaders use data on a regular basis to analyze the effectiveness of the school counseling program. Human resource leadership involves believing in students and their ability to be successful. As well as sharing that belief with parents, teachers, and community stakeholders. Professional school counselors in this role also make available to the public their vision and mission statements, including the focus of the school counseling program, its goals, and the plan to accomplish those goals. Political leadership involves reviewing the annual agreement from the principal and meeting with administrators to discuss expected responsibilities of school counselors. From a political leadership perspective, counselors should be active on school and district committees so they can advocate for their students and programs. Symbolic leadership bya professional school counselor is leading by example, evaluating the counseling program on a consistent basis, examining data, and analyzing the effectiveness of the program. Professional school counselors ensure that ASCA Ethical Standards are followed so that integrity, leadership, and professionalism remain at the highest possible level.Professional school counselors act as advocates for students through direct and indirect services. School counselors help to promote student achievement, developmental needs, and support all student’s in achieving academic success (ASCA, 2012). Direct services include individual counseling, group counseling, academic advising, and crisis response. Indirect services are data driven and fall within either the micro-level or the macro-level. Indirect services are services that are performed on behalf of the student. These can fall into subcategories of student advocacy, school/community collaboration, and systems advocacy at themicro-level. Student advocacy can include referrals, collaboration, and anything that involves assessing the needs for direct intervention. Systems advocacy looks at the system itself through assessment analysis and program goal analysis. At the macro-level, indirect services fall into twocategories according to the ASCA National Model (2012), public information and social/politicaladvocacy.

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