According to ASCA, the benefits for our counseling department will include:
Clearly defined roles and responsibilities- this means that our administration and teachers will know what our responsibilities will be to our students and parents.This may minimize non-counselor duties that take away time from our students. At the beginning of the school year, our department will distribute a pamphlet about our counseling department.
Elimination of non-counselor duties-non-counselor duties include bus duty, test coordination, performing discipline, registration and scheduling, supervising study halls, clerical record keeping, and computing grade point averages.
Provides direct services to all students-often counselors only work with the top students or at-risk students which leaves out the other 80%. School counselors can extend their effectiveness by implementing programs like Peer Leaders, Peer Advisers, Peer Tutoring, Peer Listening, Peer Mediation, and Student Ambassadors.
Provides a tool for program management and accountability-our department will select goals and collect data to show yearly impact or deficits.
Enhances our role as student advocates-the main responsibility of the professional school counselor is to serve as a student advocate. Advocacy includes taking risks, being a free and independent thinker, eliminating inequities, and placing high emphasis on ethics.