What is SCALE?

The School Counseling Analysis, Leadership and Evaluation (SCALE) Research Center is an interactive tool focusing on the facilitation and dissemination of school counseling research evidence-based practices demonstrating the connection between comprehensive and developmental school counseling programs and student success.

The SCALE Research Center is developed and maintained by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). ASCA empowers school counselors with the knowledge, skills, linkages and resources to promote student success in the school, the home, the community and the world.

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School Counselors’ Perceived Stress, Burnout, and Job Satisfaction

June 11, 2018 Practitioner Summary

School counselors work in a rewarding yet physically and emotionally demanding field that potentially leads to experiences of stress, burnout, and job dissatisfaction. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationships among perceived stress, burnout, and job dissatisfaction...

Protective Factors for Mental Health Concerns in Urban Middle School Students: The Moderating Effect of School Connectedness

June 6, 2018 Practitioner Summary

The ASCA National Model (American School Counselor Association, 2012) has advocated the role of school counselors and specified that school counselors should “ensure equitable access to a rigorous education for all students” (p. xii). The promising picture of the ASCA...

Serving Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Case Study of School Counselors’ Experiences

June 6, 2018 Practitioner Summary

School counselors may provide services to children of incarcerated parents (CIP); however, little is known about the work of school counselors with this group of students. This research study used an instrumental case study design to consider the experiences of...

Establishing School Counselors as Leaders in Bullying Curriculum Delivery: Evaluation of a Brief, School-Wide Bystander Intervention

May 29, 2018 Practitioner Summary

The purpose of this study was to extend the literature by evaluating the STAC program as a brief, school-wide counselor-delivered intervention at the elementary school level. The school counselor at one elementary school delivered the STAC program, which stands for...

Predicting School Counselors’ Supports and Challenges When Implementing the ASCA National Model

May 29, 2018 Practitioner Summary

There is evidence to support the positive impact of Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (CSCP) and student success (Lapan, 2012) and the relationship between leadership practices and school counseling program implementation (Mason, 2010). Despite the benefits of implementing CSCPs, there is...

Promoting School Adjustment for English-Language Learners Through Group Work

May 29, 2018 Practitioner Summary

The purpose of the current study was to foster school adjustment and improve academic achievement for recently immigrated middle school ESL students using the Achieving Success Everyday Group Counseling Model (ASE Model) (Steen, Henfield, & Booker, 2014) as an intervention....