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.


¡Adelante! A Community Asset Mapping Approach to Increase College and Career Readiness for Rural Latinx High School Students

September 20, 2018 Practitioner Summary

Grounded in the Asset-Based Community Development framework that stipulates that people and organizations can be utilized as resources, community asset mapping is a tool that school counselors may use to locate resources to meet the needs of families, schools, and communities. This article provides insight into using community asset mapping to locate and secure resources, which can then be leveraged to build school-family-community partnerships. As a way to demonstrate how...

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“Lead by Example”: A Phenomenological Study of School Counselor-Principal Team Experiences with LGBT Students

August 16, 2018 Practitioner Summary

This phenomenological study explored the collaborative experiences between school counselors and principals in their work with LGBT students. The school counselor-principal teams in this study reported four themes with respect to their collaborative advocacy experiences for LGBT youth: (a) learning through storytelling, (b) “leading by example”, (c) creating intentional partnerships, and (d) “pushing the system.” This study can be used by school counselor-principal teams to guide their partnerships and collaborative...

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Understanding Asian American Student Achievement

August 3, 2018 Practitioner Summary

The purpose of this study was to examine how the networks and empowerment of Asian immigrant parents were related to their children’s academic performance using a large national dataset (i.e., the PFI-NHES: 2007). This study used a parent empowerment framework (Kim, 2012; Kim & Bryan, 2017), which conceptualized parent empowerment as having six components, that is, parents’ sense of meaning, consciousness, competence, self-determination, community belonging, and community participation. We found...

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Developing and Sustaining a Regional School Counselor Leadership Team

July 5, 2018 Practitioner Summary

Coordinating resources and generating ideas through effective collaboration via a school counselor leadership team has shown much promise (Gysbers, 2006; Young & Bryan, 2015). Therefore, practitioners and stakeholders may find it beneficial to gain insight into the development and sustainability of a regional school counselor leadership team (RSCLT). Practicing school counselors as well as directors or supervisors of school counselors may benefit from this study by gaining awareness of a collaborative...

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“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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