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ERIC Number: EJ766981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Guidance for Supporting School Counselors
Light, Carolyn
Principal Leadership, v6 n3 p35-37 Nov 2005
School counselors need the assistance of principals and other administrators to improve guidance and school counseling services in schools. Principals and other administrators are the leaders in education, and it is important that they know how to create the best school counseling programs possible. This article provides 12 suggestions that can show principals, who are usually counselors' direct supervisors, how to help counselors maximize their effectiveness and make their days less overwhelming: (1) Find a time to communicate with the school counselor about the school counseling program every day, even if it's only five minutes; (2) Be familiar with the school counselor's job description and know what he or she does all day; (3) Be sure to follow the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) recommendation of one counselor for every 250 students; (4) Give the school counselor clear guidelines and expectations for how to handle situations under your administration; (5) Recognize that a school counselor is a student advocate, not a disciplinarian; (6) Encourage the school counselor to attend local, regional, and national conferences to learn how to improve guidance services; (7) Do not brush off the school counseling program into the "other" category; (8) Helping students, parents, and teachers is a team effort; (9) Read "The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs"; (10) Organize a committee to review, study, and assist in the development of a guidance program, and include parents, students, teachers, community members, and administrators; (11) Show the school counselor appreciation in a supportive way during National School Counseling Week (the first week of February); and (12) Review and research appropriate and best practices for school counseling programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A