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FSCA Newsletter - March 2007

FSCA Newsletter - March 2007

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Newsletter of the Florida School Counselor Association.
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The Florida School Counselor Association is a division of the Florida Counseling Associationand the American School Counselor Association.
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Click on the links within the Table of Contents (below left) to godirectly to a particular place in the newsletter. Click on
any
link throughout this publication to visit relevant web pages or sendsomeone an e-mail.
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 ESSAGE 
GreetingsCounselors!!!Hopefully, most of  you are rejuvenatedafter a nice, relaxingspring break andhave returned to work to finish the year with a bang.Somehow, in themidst of checkingand rechecking your students' transcripts and gradereports to be sure they are meeting promotionrequirements, you are expected to begin planning forthe next year. While considering next year's projectsand job assignments, I would like for you to considergetting involved with your local and stateprofessional association. Many opportunities forinvolvement are waiting for you. At the state level, we are in need of counselors who are seeking aprofessional outlet for their ideas and energy. Weare in the process of transitioning into our new Bylaws that were voted on and approved inNovember 2006. This created new positions for theFSCA board. The Vice president positions include:5 regional representatives as well as a guidancesupervisor representative. In addition, there existsmany opportunities to become involved incommittee work.
 In This Issue
President's Message..............................1School Counselors and Administrators..................................................2Consultation and Student Suicide:Prevention, Intervention, andPostvention..............................5 Warnings Are Sent but
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..................................................9 Attorney General Highlights DOJEffortsTo Combat Sexual Exploitationof Children.............................10Education
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.................................................12School Counseling in the Media:Promoting School CounselingPrograms ................................13Improve Counseling Service Delivery toStudents with Special Needs.................................................16College Goal Sunday..........................18Reach New Heights in YourProfessional Development.....18Dade Counseling Association (DCA) andStudent Services AwardsBreakfast.................................19Cyberbullying.....................................20
 
The Florida School Counselor
Official Newsletter of the Florida School Counselor Association
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There is so much to be gained from serving as a leader in your profession or on a committee. New skills are learned and developed, ideas are generated, new passions are discovered or old onesreignited and the networking opportunities are incredible. If you are eager to become involved,please contact us.Shanshera Quinn atshansheraquinn@yahoo.comorsbanks74@aol.com  Dr. Maddy Isaacs atmisacs@fgcu.edu Thank you for what you do for students!!!
 Shanshera Quinn
FSCA President 06-07 
 
Florida's School Counseling and Guidance Framework 
Florida's School Counseling and Guidance Framework is a conceptual model that can be used by districts and schools as a framework to develop, restructure, or improve comprehensivecounseling and guidance programs. This framework supports the career-development process of students as well as their personal and social development and academic achievement. Theframework focuses on an integrated and outcome-oriented curriculum that targets all students.Schools may extract those components that best meet their individualized needs.http://www.firn.edu/doe/programs/cd_guide.htm 
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 A Mini Survey
I recently finished my Ed.S. in Educational Leadership.In order to obtain this degree I had to complete a mini-thesis. While I was writing the thesis I wanted to learn more about theperceptions of school counselors, administrators and leadteachers with regards to the degree of implementation of comprehensive counseling and guidance plans. To do this, Iused a survey with a 5-point Likert scale which I adapted fromtheFlorida Department of Education’s School Counseling andGuidance Framework Program Evaluation. I didn’t expect tofind much agreement among my small sample of participants. Iexpected to find that the school counselors perceived thecomprehensive program to be only partially implemented. I alsoexpected the majority of administrators and lead teachers to not be aware that a comprehensive plan for school counseling evenexisted (I know it’s kind of cynical).
 
The Florida School Counselor
Official Newsletter of the Florida School Counselor Association
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The results that I obtained from the survey indicated that the counselors and lead teachersfor the most part agreed (although not strongly agreed) that the comprehensive plan was beingimplemented. The administrators also agreed that it was being implemented (just not as strongly as the counselors and lead teachers). This was actually a nice surprise.There were some concerns, however. Some of the discrepancies that I found were due tomiscommunication or the use of differing terminology. An administrator may refer to the act of having a counselor meet with a student to talk about grades, study skills, or create an improvementplan and then provide follow-up as “progress monitoring.” I may call the same activity “academiccounseling.” I have encountered this kind of issue at more than one school. It causes problems because it often hinders collaboration among school counselors and administrators. Another thing that concerned me fromthe literature review I conducted was the factthat most of the information put out by  ASCA regarding therole of a school counselorand acomprehensive plan is absent in the schooladministration literature. Furthermore, astudy of future school administrators’perceptions of the school counselor’s roleconducted by Fitch, Newby, Ballestero andMarshall (2001) reported that the participants believed that the following non-counselingduties should be nevertheless be performed by counselors: discipline (27.9% of participants),student record keeping (57%), registration(57%), assisting in special education services beyond referral (50%), and standardizedtesting (54.7%).So what can be done in order to morefully implement a comprehensive schoolcounseling and guidance program? Principal buy-in is a must. Developing a good workingrelationship with your administrator is a wisefirst step. Once the relationship is established,then you can start to share your ideas withher/him. Communication is essential. Shareresearch findingsthat support schoolcounseling initiatives. Join committees suchas SAC in order to be more involved and getthe administration to notice that you are a valuable part of the team. Inviting youradministrator to join you at an ASCA conference is another idea. Sharing data fromcounseling interventions done at the schoolcan also help (check out the MEASURE book  by Carolyn Stone and Carol Dahir). Finally,putting together a supportive advisory committee can be a real asset.I know that some administrators may seemchallenging or uncooperative, but sometimesgaining support from an assistant principal oranother influential faculty member can help you get to the principal. Having your districtcounselor support your initiatives and help youcommunicate the benefits to your principal won’t hurt either. Participating in an activelocal chapter of FSCA/FCA is also a plus. My suggestion is to have a positive attitude, betenacious, yet realistic and gather support.Little by little things should improve. Justremember, if you always do what you’ve beendoing, you’ll get the same result. Try differentapproaches and make them need you! Vincent Geigel, Ed.S.School Counselorgeigelv@yahoo.com 

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