ERIC Number: EJ993007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Great Expectations for Middle School Counselors
Wright, Robert J.
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v48 n2 p78-81 2012
During the Great Recession, 2008 to 2010, school systems scrambled to balance budgets, and the ratio of counselors to students became even larger. To make matters worse, the Great Recession had a major impact on cuts in educational funding. Budget cutbacks tend to occur where the public will be least likely to notice. The loss of teachers and the subsequent increase in class size is noticed, but the loss of school counselors is likely to go unnoticed. Worse yet, the great loss of school counseling positions is occurring in the schools with the most problems. This lack of school counselors notwithstanding, the middle school is a place where the special skills and abilities of school counselors are critical. With caseloads far too large, it is highly unlikely that the middle school counselor will be able to be highly effective in all areas. The author suggests that overworked middle school counselors can provide interventions by consulting with classroom teachers in order to provide new approaches for working with problematic students.
Descriptors: Teachers, Class Size, School Counselors, School Counseling, Middle Schools, Counselor Client Ratio, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Budgets, Counseling Effectiveness, Intervention, Student Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
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