Principal's Perception of Counselors

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This literature review will include the following: (a) the historical overview, (b) importance of American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model, (c) educating principals to work with professional school counselors (d) critical incidents that shape principals perceptions, (e) professional school counselors actual and preferred duties and (f) the importance of professional school counselors advocating for themselves. We will conclude with discussion and fruitful areas for future research. Research Question Principals are significant to professional school counselor’s (PSC) identity. Principals are responsible for shaping PSC actual assigned duties. This review will examine principal’s perceptions limiting professional school counselor’s role in the school. Purpose This review will examine principal’s perceptions of professional school counselor’s role and its impact on assigned duties. Conceptual Framework Professional school counselors are often assigned inappropriate counseling duties. According to ASCA(2004) these included: “registering and scheduling all new students, computing grade point averages, signing excuses for students who are tardy or absent, performing disciplinary actions, sending home students who are not appropriately dressed….(p.3). ( (Herrington & William, 2005-2006)explain that these duties prevent PSC from dealing with “key dimensions of school counseling such as, individual and group counseling, consultation, case management, program development and implementation of school wide programs”(p.4). Several studies by (Chata & Loesch, 2007; Cashwell, Clemens & Milsom, 2009) believe that PSC who accept non-counseling duties are not satisfied with their jobs as well as, exhibit high levels ... ... middle of paper ... ...pact of different types of information on principal’s perceptions of professional school counselors. Professional School Counseling, 12(4), 263-271. MacDonald, H. J., & Stillo, S. (2010). School counselors and principals: different perceptions of relationship, leadership, and training. Journal of School Counseling, 8(15), 1-27. Mason, L. K., & Diltz, P. D. (2010). Factors that influence pre-service administrator’s views of appropriate school counselor’s duties. Journal of School Counseling, 8(5), 2-28. Scarborough, L. J., & Culbretz, R John. (2008). Examining discrepancies between actual preferred practices of school counselors. Journal of Counseling & Development, 86, 446-449. Scarborough, L. J., & Culbretz, R John. (2008). Examining Discrepancies between Actual Preferred Practices of School Counselors. Journal of Counseling & Development, 86, 446-449.

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