Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Division of Education and Counseling
School counseling, councilors, student success, school counselor training
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.
Williams, Candace Marie, "The School Counselor Experience: Understanding variables that Create the Alignment Between the Current School Counselor Role and the Activities outlined by American School Counselor Association" (2018). Electronic Thesis and Dissertation. 2.