School Counselor: Specialization or Jack-of-All-Trades, Master of None?

The many hats of school counselingThe Problem: Originally, I found that practicing school counselors were not trained or following a data-driven, comprehensive school counseling program.  Now I believe the problem is that school counselors do not have a defined role.  Our national association, ASCA, solved this problem by creating a data-driven, comprehensive school counseling program. (ASCA National Model). Also, the name has been changed  from vocational counselor, to guidance counselor, and now to school counselor.

The Situation and Root Cause: The national model does help but there are many problems to this solution.  Continue reading