ASCA Competency of Advocacy (Advocating Tips from the USCA Website)
Tools and resources need to advocate for the success of every student.
1. Advocating for Students
- Own the Turf (Resources to help counselors implement their programs for student success.)
- Help students gain access to needed resources.
- Take risks to meet needs of students.
- Be visible to your students and stakeholders.
2. Advocating for your school counseling program
- Promote the work we do that promotes student academic success.
- Management Agreement: Gain support from your administration.
- Avoid discipline issues
- Avoid being a therapist.
- Reach out to stakeholders:
- Share your program information in a program handbook or create a brochure to highlight school counseling services.
- Provide workshops, community outreach events, or parent nights to share the components of your program.
- Communicate with the internal customers - that includes custodians, lunch workers, and many others, as well as other educators.
- Publish a monthly counseling newsletter to parents and to teachers, email it or share it on your website.
- Let others know the process for referring a student for services and steos that should be taken for students to see their counselor. Share resources with teachers and collaborate to best execute responsive services.
- Present information about the counseling program at monthly faculty meetings and meet with teachers in their monthly department meetings to share information.
- Organize and maintain an advisory committee.
- Make posters, videos, and other media to advocate the counseling services. Use social media to stay connected!
- Remember: Advocacy is an ethical obligation. ASCA Ethical Tips for School Counselors
- Data Projects: Make data pop!
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