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Next, an example of a barrier is achievement and opportunity gaps. These barriers will bechallenged by counselors becoming multicultural competent. In order for counselors to beadvocates for all students they must understand their own biases, recognize potential harm whendealing with culturally diverse students and parents, and be open to change in personalworldview (Erford, 2019).Once counselors become sensitive to multicultural issues andoppressions they will be able to advocate for all students and help to close the achievement andopportunity gaps present in their school. Additionally, counselors will teach self-advocacy skillsto students and families. This is important because students need advocates who know when theirneeds are not being met and when academic policies and procedures hinder them intellectuallyand academically. Next, counselors will help students recognize external barriers that affect theirwell -being and academic achievement and then assist them in formulating plans to confrontthese barriers (Erford, 2019). Also, counselors will help remove barriers to student learning, suchas, identifying cultural attitudes, stereotypes, and misunderstandings that lead to students beingplaced in environments counterproductive to learning and achieving in high levels (Erford,2019). Additionally, counselors will teach students how to self-advocate by teaching peermediation, organizational skills, conflict resolution skills, study skills, and test taking skills.These skills will help students be more active about decisions that affect their academic careersand educate students about managing school system bureaucracy. Finally, counselors will assistfamilies and students by providing them with community resources that will be of help to them.This is important because some students and families need assistance in accessing outsideresources.Mason, E. (2010). Leadership practices of school counselors and counseling programimplementation.National Association of Secondary School Principals.NASSP Bulletin,94(4),274-285. Retrieved from -com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/docview/863827716?accountid=120852)Student describes characteristics and styles of effective leadership including team building within andoutside of the school that promotes student learning. Student briefly identifies the functions of studentassistance programs, curriculum, and advisory councils.
Counselors demonstrate four types of effective leadership styles which are structural,human resources, political, and symbolic leadership. Structural leadership involvestechnical mastery, strategizing for change and growth, and implementation (Dollarhide&Saginak, 2017). This leadership frame suggests that school counselors be effective attheir jobs and be up-to-date with the science of education and counseling (Dollarhide &Saginak, 2017). Next, human resource leadership involves believing in people andcommunicating that belief, being visible and accessible, and empowering others. Next,

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Term
Summer
Professor
Rita Schellenberg
Tags
School counselor, school counselors, contemporary professional school counselor

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