ERIC Number: ED347430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul-9
Meeting Students' Needs: Counselors' Changing Roles.
Thomas, Richard J.; Hutchinson, Roger L.
School counselors spend much of their time involved in administrative tasks, resulting in an inadequate use of counselors' skills and preventing counselors from meeting the primary needs of students. Changes must be initiated in the educational system to allow counselors to counsel students. The four counselors at Mt. Pleasant Township (Indiana) Community Schools began an effort to coordinate the counseling program by meeting regularly to share ideas and by consulting with principals and superintendents to develop a list of performance goals and a time table. Localized needs assessment instruments were developed to measure the needs of students, faculty and administration, and parents. A guidance advisory council met to identify the needs of students and the role of the school counselor. The next phase of the project will be to share the results of the needs assessment and council session and to develop a written guide for counseling, outlining goals and activities. Counselor roles must change to include accountability, good communications, and futuristic actions; counseling services provided by the school must be in direct response to the needs of the students, parents, staff, and the community; and the counseling profession itself must move from being a peripheral part of the educational program to being a strong, viable link in the entire educational chain. (NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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