Practitioner Summaries

The following are summaries of research published in ASCA's Professional School Counseling journal. Read the highlights here and visit www.professionalschoolcounseling.org for the full text. Use the search function to search summaries by topic area.


“Be Ready for It”: School Counselors’ Experiences with Subpoena and Testifying in Court

July 5, 2018 Practitioner Summary

For school counselors, subpoena and testimony experiences on behalf of students are a real possibility. These experiences can be intense, disruptive, affirming, and memorable. School counselors should consider the following if they are ever called to testify in court: For school counseling students, maximize your graduate training experiences. Ask your instructors challenging questions. Find internship site supervisors who may have experience and expertise and are willing to help you gain more...

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School Counselors and College Readiness Counseling

June 26, 2018 Practitioner Summary

School counselors are vital to helping students become college ready, yet the particular skills and knowledge needed to provide it have not been comprehensively explored. This conceptual article with practical applications identifies student needs, responsibilities of school counselors, training of school counselors, and advocacy issues as essential elements to develop college readiness counseling. Researchers have begun to look at what students feel they need to be successful in their post-secondary college...

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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 among practicing school counselors. Although stress and burnout are conceptually different, the authors of this study found that school counselors who experienced stress were likely to experience burnout as well....

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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 model being used to serve every student can sometimes be challenging for school counselors’ who struggle to meet high demands of caseloads, issues, and responsibilities. One of the critical tasks...

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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 professional school counselors who served CIP in a single school district in a Southeastern state. The primary investigator for this study conducted focus groups and/or individual interviews with 15 school...

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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 “stealing the show,” “turning it over,” “accompanying others,” and “coaching compassion,” to all students during school-wide core curriculum classroom lessons. Elementary school students trained in the program reported an increase...

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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 limited research (i.e., Mason, 2010) focusing on variables predicting school counselors’ ability to implement the ASCA National Model. The purpose of this study was to investigate the level of ASCA...

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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. Recently-immigrated middle school English-as-Second-Language (ESL) students need academic, language acquisition, and acculturation supports. School counselors can use group counseling to foster positive school adjustment. Results in this study showed students...

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Working Beyond the Bell: School Counselors and Workaholism Tendencies

May 29, 2018 Practitioner Summary

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the work habits, personality, and satisfaction of life within a sample of professional school counselors. Specifically, personality and demographic variables (gender, ethnicity, age, partner, and parental status) contributing to workaholism and its subsequent influence on satisfaction with life are examined. The study utilizes the Bergen Work Addiction Scale (2012), the Satisfaction with Life Scale (1985), and The Big Five Inventory (1999). The...

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What Do African American Ninth Graders Discuss During Individual School Counseling Sessions? A National Study

May 28, 2018 Practitioner Summary

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recommends that school counselors spend 80 percent or more of their time in direct and indirect services to students. Direct services are those in-person interactions between school counselors and students, including core curriculum, individual planning, and responsive services (ASCA, 2013). As part of the comprehensive school counseling program, school counselors spend their time in individual counseling sessions for either individual planning or responsive services...

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