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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’ Attitudes towards Evidence Based Practices

January 10, 2019 Practitioner Summary

The use of evidence-based practices (EBPs) is growing among school counselors and the general school counseling profession. Extant literature has presented benefits of using EBPs in counseling practice, including establishing a high standard for the counseling profession, integrating research with...

College Readiness Counseling to Promote Native American Adolescents’ College Aspirations: The Integrated Conceptual Model of Student Success

December 18, 2018 Practitioner Summary

When preparing for the current and future world of work, young people need to carefully consider whether or not they will pursue a college degree. Although unemployment rates are decreasing (U.S. Department of Labor, 2017), time to first employment and...

The Multicultural School Counseling Behavior Scale: Development, Psychometrics, and Use

December 11, 2018 Practitioner Summary

The Multicultural School Counseling Behavior Scale (MSCBS) was developed to fill a need in the measurement of and research about multicultural counseling competence (MCC) of school counselors. MCC is widely recognized as necessary for school counselors and several documents guide...

Spotlighting Stigma and Barriers: Examining Secondary Students’ Attitudes toward School Counseling Services

November 16, 2018 Practitioner Summary

Despite the proven effectiveness of counseling for middle school and high school students, research has also identified a consistent reluctance on the part of many adolescents to seek and accept therapeutic help (e.g., Chandra & Minkovitz, 2006; Del Mauro &...

2017 ASCA Grants Project: A Study to Measure the Impact of School Counselor Ratios on Student Outcomes

November 13, 2018 Research Brief

Executive Summary--Preliminary Results Data from two states in the Northeast are being used as the basis for this correlational study (Connecticut and New York). This work is replicating the analysis completed by the investigators in Indiana, which is supporting optimal student...

Developing a Comprehensive School Suicide Prevention Program

October 24, 2018 Practitioner Summary

In this manuscript, the authors offer school counselors four types of research-supported suicide prevention programs, as well as a common standard for the development of an effective comprehensive school suicide prevention program using a five-step process, and frames these approaches...