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ERIC Number: ED412478
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Team Approach to School Counseling: Rationale for the Use of Paraprofessionals.
McCollum, Vivian J. Carroll
School counselors' duties have multiplied over the years, requiring counselors to be involved with nearly every aspect of school operation. Ways in which paraprofessionals can help school counselors meet these demands are described in this paper. Counselors must provide crisis intervention, group and individual counseling, classroom guidance, consultation with other school staff and parents, coordination of community activities, scheduling, record keeping, and a host of other services. Many of these tasks, it is suggested, can be completed by a trained paraprofessional, leaving the counselor available to deal with the increasing numbers of intervention-seeking students. These paraprofessionals, who are trained or skilled in human services, work alongside the professional counselor, serving as guidance aides, clerical aides, and coordination aides. Such duties can then free counselors to fulfill their primary duties, such as the counseling function, the consultation function, and the coordination function, in which they act as a liaison between school and community agencies. Some guidelines for implementing a counselor/paraprofessional relationship are offered. School counselors are advised to persuade administrators that a team approach to counseling can result in more effective service. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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