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ERIC Number: ED367920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb-22
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Restructuring: School Counselors Can Make a Difference.
Boley, Ellen
Although there have been technological and structural advances in the schools within the past 10 years, the social environment for young people has severely deteriorated. Teenage pregnancy, guns in schools, illegal drugs, homelessness, suicide, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, and unemployment are some of the negative mental and physical conditions that plague today's students. Consequently, more recent restructuring models have proposed the creation of a learning environment which emphasizes both cognitive and affective development. The opportunity for active involvement by school counselors in the current restructuring endeavor is obvious. Counselors, with their unique training in communication skills, problem solving, team and group facilitation, consultation, and coordination, are in positions to play key roles in the current reformation taking place in the schools. It is imperative, however, that counselors thoroughly understand the movement if they are to actively participate. This article clearly defines the restructuring movement and specifically outlines a proposed role for school counselors. Restructuring is defined and major premises of restructuring are reviewed, as are a number of components of restructuring. The counselor's role during the planning, implementation, and evaluation stages of restructuring is described as two-fold: counselors are in a position to manage and coordinate the restructuring movement within the school and to restructure the guidance and counseling program so that it is an integral part of the school system. Finally, special considerations and alternate delivery models are discussed. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A