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society, and intends to live up to its promise of providing vital avenues of access and opportunity,school counselors, in conjunction with other important school stakeholders, must use theirunique educational backgrounds and strategic position in schools to make meaningful change in7
SCHOOL COUNSELING COLLABORATIVE MODELtheir schools.” (Griffin and Steen, 2011) School counselors use the available data to be a systemagent of change because they want the best for their students and to make the connection thatwhat the student is learning today is important for success in the future. To help the student walkwith purpose and determination requires collaboration with other team members andstakeholders. A school counselor needs to collaborate with administrators, parents, communitymembers, coaches and students. “Collaborative skills are a building block for leadership, andwithout leadership our advocacy efforts on behalf of students is stymied.” (Stone, 2005)A goal of the school counselor is to not only advocate or speak for the student who is notable to speak for themselves, but to teach the student how to advocate for themselves, toempower the student to take an active role in their education.In helping a student develop theirself-determination skills, and take control of their own paths, provides the student theopportunity to take accountability and ownership for their learning and their achievement.Whena student feels free to build their confidence and develop competencies, is provided with a safeenvironment to practice self-advocacy and begin taking ownership for their learning andeducation, he or she will begin to feel empowered and successful.Empowerment needs tohappen during the school day because an empowered student begins to set his or her own highexpectations and goals, and begins to be internally motivated to achieve and do well.Component #5: Ethical and LegalOn a daily basis, a school counselor may be faced with situations and challenges due tothe fact that their clients range from kindergarten students to seniors in high school, and fromadministrators to parents.As a member of the helping community, our goal is for all of ourstudents to have equitable access, to be exposed to as many opportunities for learning and growth8
SCHOOL COUNSELING COLLABORATIVE MODELas possible.Our mission is to meet the needs of our students and do so in a manner that is notdetrimental to their education and progress.As stated in the Ethical Standards for SchoolCounselors 2016, school counselors are to make sure that students are treated with dignity,provide opportunities to develop positive mindsets that lifelong learning is a necessarycomponent for long-term career success, and provide a safe environment to learn and practice thenecessary skills to become a successful adult.“Ethics can be viewed as values in action or thepractical rules and boundaries that guide our professional and ministry behavior.” (AACC, 2014)

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Term
Summer
Professor
Rita Schellenberg
Tags
School counselor, school counselors, COUNSELING COLLABORATIVE MODEL

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