ERIC Number: ED035924
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Role of the Guidance Counselor in the Desegregation Process.
Smith, Paul M., Jr.
The part played by guidance counselors in assisting in the desegregation process has been rather obscure. In order to understand the arena in which guidance specialists have been operating, three kinds of concerns are reviewed. First of all, the background and practices that surround the desegregation notion are presented. The counselor image is not generally that of an aide to black students. Guidance counselors cannot guide what they have rejected and do not know, and they cannot direct where they have not been. The first need is for counselors to know themselves. The second factor is training. Much needs to be changed in counselor education to make counselors more responsive to "black" needs. Thirdly, black and white counselors must be able to work together. Also, counselors must be concerned with accountability to the black community and not just accountability to the white one. The role of guidance counselors should be one of detecting, protecting and guiding students to the solution of difficulties involving people. They must be sensitive to the feelings of resentment and hostility of their clients, and interested and committed to accepting the student for what he is. (KJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.
Note: Paper presented at the Florida Personnel and Guidance Association Convention, Sarasota, Florida, November 11--21, 1969