ERIC Number: ED371267
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Shifting Paradigms in Secondary School Counseling: Changing Incidentals to Essentials through Proactive Approaches.
Sandhu, Daya S.
There is a general consensus that school counseling is a profession in trouble. Most of the education reform movements underway in various states barely mention, if at all, the importance of school counseling, and counseling positions are in constant danger of being eliminated by school boards faced with budget restraints. Several factors contributing to this low profile and bad image include a lack of recognition of school counseling as a distinct profession, a lack of well-defined school-counselor roles, a burdensome amount of routine administrative assignments, and a very high counselor-student ratio. School counselors need to take steps to empower themselves. They will take a more central place in schools by claiming professional credibility, asserting their significance, and taking a more proactive role in their jobs. The Proactive Model of School Counseling presented here encourages counselors to widen their horizons, not only being responsive to the students seeking counseling on their own, but also reaching out to all students systematically, for the implementation of concrete agendas. The Proactive Model emphasizes the conceptual, operational, evaluative, public relations, and personal development of student counselors. These components are sequenced, interrelated, and precede one another in significance during implementation. Each component is discussed and suggestions for implementation given. (CC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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