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Professional advocacy part of Counseling and Career Development program

May 13, 2010

The Counseling and Career Development program in the School of Education, College of Applied Human Sciences, is proactive in preparing tomorrow's school counselors for professional advocacy. Historically, the school counseling profession has struggled with inconsistent role and function expectations leading to misconceptions about the profession. The American School Counseling Association, or ASCA, created a national model in 2003 that puts professional and student advocacy at the center of the school counselor's role.

Local advocacy projects

Counseling and Career Development graduate students worked with local Rocky Mountain High School students to honor their professional school counselors.

Laurie Carlson, associate professor and coordinator for the school counseling track, believes that every student should leave the training program not only knowing about professional advocacy, but having done it in the field. This spring, as part of the Orientation to Professional School Counseling class and professional portfolio experience, 17 students initiated advocacy projects that made a difference in local schools.

Mountain View High project

One project, highlighted recently in the Loveland Connection section of the Coloradoan newspapaer, utilized photo-booth technology to jump start Mountain View High School's quest to seek Recognized ASCA Model Program, or RAMP, status. Students Maribeth Ellis, Evin Varilek, Christie Hofmeister, Anna Willard, and Sara Yoshida organized and facilitated the activity during senior recognition day at the high school. Students were allowed to take photo booth pictures for free and the prints sported borders that sent positive messages about the MVHS counseling team.

Rocky Mountain High project

A second project in a local high school was carried out by Cassie Poncelow, Jill Lee, Mickie Doherty, Peter Devlin, Alex Nelson, and Anne Owen. Approximately 200 Rocky Mountain High School students wrote accolades to their professional school counselors, who are recent recipients of RAMP award. Students made notes of specific instances that their counselor had gone above and beyond by finishing the statement, "My School Counselor…." The sheets were displayed in the school commons and later put into a binder that is on display in the Student Services office (see above photo).

Shepardson Elementary project

A third project supported the counseling program at Shepardson Elementary school in Fort Collins. Kelley Reese-Madden, Erick Olsen, and Jennifer Durkin created an academic counseling calendar for the 2010-2011 school year. The calendar was a collaborative effort with several faculty and the counselor at Shepardson. Each month of the calendar contains themes related to the academic, personal/social, and career development of elementary students as well as an inspiring quote and a "literature connection" for the teacher.

Facebook project

Finally, Megan Wyman, Eric Hunerdosse, and Nicole Landwehr created a Facebook page titled, "School Counselors Rock". They plan to promote this site to Facebook users primarily in the region. From this page one can access a YouTube video modeled after the "Imma Be" rap. The video is geared towards middle school students and is intended to introduce students to the multiple roles of the professional school counselor in a way that is fun and familiar to them.


Contact: Gretchen Gerding
E-mail: Gretchen.Gerding@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-5182