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ERIC Number: EJ798172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0748-9633
New Professional Roles and Advocacy Strategies for School Counselors: A Multicultural/Social Justice Perspective to Move beyond the Nice Counselor Syndrome
Bemak, Fred; Chung, Rita Chi-Ying
Journal of Counseling & Development, v86 n3 p372-381 Sum 2008
The transformed role of school counselors as advocates is key in reducing the academic achievement gap. Redefining the school counselors' role requires culturally competent practitioners, social justice advocates, and organizational/social change agents. A major obstacle to implementing culturally responsive social justice advocacy and change in schools is referred to as the "nice counselor syndrome" (NCS). This article discusses the insidious effects of NCS and outlines a set of recommendations designed to assist school counselors in moving beyond this syndrome.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A