ACA Task Force for School Counseling: Survey of School Counselors

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1. As a professional school counselor, how often do you provide the following services?
very frequentlyfrequentlyoccasionallyhardly evernever
a) classroom guidance
b) individual counseling
c) group counseling
d) four-year planning with students
e) college and career readiness counseling
f) consultation with teachers
g) consultation with parents
h) coordination of resources and services
i) administration or interpretation of assessments
j) advocacy
k) work with administrators
l) work with community organizations/resources
m) district level collaboration with other counselors
n) collect accountability data (e.g. classroom guidance, group counseling)
o) conduct needs assessments
p) look at school-wide data to determine needs
q) other
2. Which items currently negatively affect the school counselors in your school?
very frequentlyfrequentlyoccasionallyhardly evernever
a) lack of professional development opportunities, mentoring, induction, etc.
b) budget cuts affecting your school counseling programs or initiatives
c) your own job loss or reduction in hours due to budget cuts or change in budget priorities
d) school districts or schools using outside providers (external agencies, individuals, or organizations) to perform counseling duties
e) schools using volunteers, instead of credentialed school counselors
f) job assignments that do not capitalize on your professional background and training
g) inadequate supervision from a credentialed professional school counselor
h) not being prepared well enough by your training program or internship to meet the real-life needs of your job
i) large caseloads
j) non-counseling duties
k) lack of support from administrators
l) lack of clerical support
m) other
3. How much increased skill in the following areas would help you more effectively serve all students?
None. I have extensive training.a littlesomea lotI need additional intensive training
a) developing community partnership and referral sources for students who are beyond the scope of school counseling services
b) comfort and ability to work with diverse populations
c) developing family engagement strategies
d) developing collaborative teams with teachers and other staff
e) building effective communication (working relationships) with principals/administrators
f) building cohesive and innovative school counseling teams in your building (if more than one counselor)
g) using data to drive the school counseling program
h) advocating for your school counseling program
i) advocating for appropriate school counselor roles
j) advocating for appropriate school counselor tasks
k) advocating for student success
l) advocating for underserved populations
m) ability to design and deliver an effective school counseling program
n) other
4. How willing would you be to participate in the following?
very willingwillingnot willing
a) online continuing education modules on emerging best practices in school counseling
b) in person professional development on emerging best practices in school counseling (conveniently located at national, regional, state conferences, etc.)
c) a program (sequence of presentations) leading to advanced competency in a specific area of school counseling
d) an online forum for school counselors to network, discuss issues, challenges and successes, and organize local or state efforts to promote school counseling
e) school counselor roundtables or other open forums to discuss issues, challenges and ways to move the profession forward
f) grass roots counselor advocacy to promote school counseling in state and federal policy and legislation
g) building partnerships with community resources
5. How important is it to your job to have additional knowledge and skills in the following areas?
not importantsomewhat importantimportantvery important
a) college and career readiness counseling
b) drop out prevention
c) data-driven school counseling
d) school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
e) bullying prevention programs
f) advocacy skills
g) developmental assets (e.g., characteristics of resiliency, Search Institute)
h) character development
i) dating violence
j) counseling at-risk youth
k) comfort and ability to work with diverse populations
l) supervision from a professional school counselor
m) leadership
n) substance abuse
o) wellness
p) attendance
q) other
6. How willing would you be to participate in either on-line or face-to-face professional development in the following areas?
very willingwillingnot willing
a) college and career readiness counseling
b) drop out prevention
c) data-driven school counseling
d) school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
e) bullying prevention programs
f) advocacy skills
g) developmental assets (e.g., characteristics of resiliency, Search Institute)
h) character development
i) dating violence
j) counseling at-risk youth
k) comfort and ability to work with diverse populations
l) supervision from a professional school counselor
m) leadership
n) substance abuse
o) wellness
p) attendance
q) other
7. Gender
8. Ethnicity