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We are mental health professionals in school settings who do a lot more than "guide" students towards math & science careers. Sputnik launched in 1957 & our profession has come a long way since then. If you don't know how those two are connected, or why I make that reference, please make it your mission this weekend to figure it out.
Recently, Erin Mason, Melissa S. Ockerman & Stuart F. Chen-Hayes published an article to assist School Counselors in understanding the need to reflect upon their professional identity, the article is a must read for pre-service, in-service and seasoned School Counselors.
The ASCA National Model is in its' third edition and the Comprehensive School Counseling program is becoming the norm. Social media is becoming a School Counselor's most valuable tool and accountability to yourself, the profession & stakeholders is now, more than ever, of the utmost importance. If you are a School Counselor you must be able to not only answer the question, "How are students different as a result of what you do?" but also back it up with data. This is a process, but as long as we are striving to do better each year and committed to our stakeholders & annual goals, we are on the right track; the proof is in the process.
As a School Counselor, if you cannot change how you identify yourself and evolve as the profession has, you are not furthering the profession and I question whether or not you're meeting our ethical obligations, as School Counselors, of "responsibilities to self."
All School Counselors must have pride in the profession and what it has become, not just what it was initially created to do. Administrators, teachers and other stakeholders must become better educated on the pivitol role we play in each student's life, for the sake of our Nation's future.
Next time you hear someone use that term, remind them that this is 2013 and we prefer to be identified as "Professional School Counselors," because that's what we are and we do so much more than "guide."
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