Symbolic leadership by a professional school

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support/access to a quality education. Symbolic leadership by a professional school counselor is leading by example, evaluating the counseling program on a continual basis, examining data, and analyzing the effectiveness of the programs. Professional school counselors in this aspect are ensuring that ASCA Ethical Standards are being followed so that integrity, leadership, and professionalism remain at the highest possible level. Leadership characteristics of school counselors include strong communication skills, strong collaboration skills, accountability, advocating for students, recognizing diversity, and working effectively with others. A school counselor needs to be able to communicate and collaborate with parents, administrators, community members, and students to be effective leaders. According to Stone (2017), collaborative skills are a building block for leadership, and without leadership, advocacy efforts on behalf of students is hindered. It’s crucial for school counselors to advocate for students who are not able to speak for themselves. However, it is also important to teach them how to advocate for themselves by empowering them to take an active role in their education. By helping students develop their self-determination skills, students are able to take accountability for their academic achievement and work towards success. Advisory councils are there to review and advise the school counseling program and other aspects. Curriculum is crucial as it provides a framework of the academic goals of students. Curriculum serves as a map of important objectives for the students to learn both academically and in a school counseling curriculum. Implementing student assistance programs is vital to the school-counseling program. Student assistance programs help students succeed in their education by providing support outside of the classroom. Student assistance programs address a wide range of issues, which impede academic achievement. These barriers could include the following: school adjustment issues, trauma, substance abuse, attendance/dropout rates, mental health issues, physical abuse, sexual abuse, gender issues, teen pregnancy, family issues, and/or delinquency. By providing services to assist with these barriers, school counselors will be able to promote academic success to all students. 3. There are various personal attributes that are helpful in leadership and advocacy as school counselors. Being kind, genuine, accepting, nonjudgmental, passionate,
compassionate, caring, flexible, self-aware, optimistic, confident, creative, dependable, persistent, and cooperative are some of the personal traits that I believe would be helpful to possess when being a leader and advocate. Component 5 1. According to the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors (2016), counselors have the legal and ethical obligation to report instances of suicidal ideation, child abuse/neglect, and bullying. Section A.9 states that counselors are to alert the parents/guardians, use risk assessments, create an intervention plan, keep the student in sight, report incidents to necessary parties (ASCA, 2016). Section A.11 states that

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