Date of Award

5-2018

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Division of Education and Counseling

First Advisor

Ramona Perkins

Second Advisor

Renee Akbar

Third Advisor

Sloane Signal

Keywords

School counseling, councilors, student success, school counselor training

Abstract

This study investigated the alignment between the school counselor's role as actualized in schools and as outlined by the American School Counselor Association. The study examined preservice school counselor training, and current school counselor practices to identify barriers that challenge the counselor's ability to meet the needs of the whole child. The study answered four questions: 1) If perceived discrepancies exist between actual school counselor roles and ASCA crafted activities, what are the discrepancies? 2) How do the discrepancies between actual school counselor roles and ASCA job activities happen? 3) How do school counselor duties and time spent align with their current practice in supporting student success? (i.e. are school counselors performing duties outside of their role not related to student success) and 4) How effectively did preservice training prepare school counselors for their current role as a school counselor? The result of this study expanded a very small body of literature discussing the difference of the ASCA school counselor role and actual current counselor practices.

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