According to Baker and Gerler, Jr. (2008), the ASCA National Model (ASCA, 2005) highlights this goal succinctly, stating the professional school counselors support the academic mission of schools by promoting and enhancing the leaning process for all students through intergradations of academic, career, and personal/social development (p 54). In order for the total education program to succeed in schools, the school counseling program must be fundamental piece as well as a collaborative effort. School counselors are a key part of this mission, but support is crucial.
The following stakeholders bring different dynamics to the table which will lead to the most effective comprehensive school counseling program. School Counselor – Professional school counselors are advocates dedicated to helping students accomplish their goals. Their main goal is to help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development. They have the knowledge and education base to facilitate this aspiration. Teachers – Teachers have daily insight with what is going on in the classroom with each individual. What ever arises in the room can be brought to attention of the other stakeholders.
Not to mention, teachers can see if the curriculum is working for the grade level and/or subject they are teaching. Parents or Guardian – These individuals are responsible for what is going on outside of school and inside of the home. They have enormous insight to how a student behaves when they are not in a structured setting. Parents/guardians always want what is best for their child. This influential stakeholder can be apart of an integral team and have impute and direct change for the well being of their children. Administration/Principals – These stakeholders are the authority figure in all eyes.
They have the ability to facilitate and make decisions. If certain topics are outside their boundaries they can go directly to the school board. They are also a direct liaison with the parents, teachers, and school counselors. Parents and guardians hold a certain level of respect for principles. They hold the key of what is best for the school and student as a whole. References Baker, S. , Gerler, Jr. (2008). School Counseling for the Twenty-First Century (5th ed. ). Columbus, Ohio: Merrill Prentice Hall. The American School Counselor Association. Retrieved on July 22, 2010 from: http://www. schoolcounselor. org Danielle DiDio