PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELOR 8 In keeping up with the latest developments in a profession changing at a quick pace, Laura reads a lot about professional school counseling. The ASCA National Model stays in Laura’s office for her reference at any time. While Laura is under supervision she collaborates with other school counselors in her supervision group to learn new techniques and to consult on matters she feels need another opinion. Laura also attends conference on school counseling to stay up to date on all of the latest developments (L. Smestad, personal communication, July 5, 2016). Concluding Thoughts, When I first met Laura I was nervous about speaking to a stranger concerning my future career choice. I do not like to speak to my family much on the matter. Laura though made me comfortable by establishing a connection between us having gone to the same high school and her being in my big sister class. She was friendly and assuring, which was something I needed the day we spoke. I had been questioning my decision about school counseling, but Laura helped assure me that I was on the correct path. After speaking for almost two hours I felt much more knowledgeable about the school counseling profession. While Laura’s situation is not typical, she had good ideas about avoiding dual roles (lunch groups). She made me realize the importance of data and record keeping in order to successfully advocate for her position. Laura pulled up all of her data to show how the students were trusting her and coming to her. Laura’s file system of record and note keeping is ideal for any school counselor. She places forms with the times student’s arrived in one binder, her notes in another, group notes are separated, and academic records are stored in a file cabinet. In her calendar she marks down the student’s initials and grade level to remember that she must write up case notes and places a
PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELOR 9 check next to the completed notes. I believe that is an effective way to keep track of when notes were taken and which still must be completed. Hopefully I will take Laura’s organization skills into my own career as a professional school counselor. References American School Counselor Association (2012). The ASCA national model: A framework for school counseling programs, third edition. Alexandria, VA: Author.
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