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School Counselor Belief Statement
Shelby Namba
Seattle University


At this time. life-long career. Additionally. While writing my theory paper last quarter. how that role relates to my special interest in college readiness and bullying prevention. and development of selfesteem which can be seen as compatible with goals of school counselors (Seligman & Reichenberg. I have found the most similarities between Individual Psychology and my own fundamental beliefs about human nature. This will be accomplished through a thoughtful discussion of my present theoretical orientation. that decision has only been solidified. Therefore. In doing so.Running head: SCHOOL COUNSELOR BELIEF 2 School Counselor Belief Statement Upon completing my undergraduate career. guidance. 2012) allows students to find meaning and purpose in the short time they spend with counselors in K-12 settings. character building. and mental health have always been strong. 2010). and plans as a future school counselor. With that said. I became interested in pursuing a career in school counseling. how I plan to use the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) Ethical Standards as a guide. I discovered the many ways in which Adlerian concepts contribute to school counseling and techniques used to help K-12 students. . Currently in my second quarter into the program. interests. I believe working as a school counselor will blend these interests into a great. Education. For example. When considering my current theoretical orientation. Adlerian therapy often focuses on cooperation. reoccurring interests in my life. and finally. The rest of this paper will be dedicated to organizing my beliefs. this paper will find education and guidance to be true passions of mine. I must admit my formal education on Adler’s Individual Psychology is limited to only an introduction course on theories and the second chapter of Dahir and Stone (2012). the goal-oriented approach of Adlerian therapy (Dahir & Stone. my understanding of the school counselor’s role. I truly see myself adopting Individual Psychology as my theoretical guideline to my professional career.

These steps include: identifying the emotional reaction.Running head: SCHOOL COUNSELOR BELIEF 3 In addition to Adler’s Individual Psychology. consider developmental levels. The practice of school counseling should involve dedication. and preparing them for the appropriate standardized test(s). I will always do my best to maintain integrity by helping. While I understand the nature of these ethical standards is subject to the uniqueness of each individual situation. checking credits. consider probable courses of action. passion. examine the facts. . Counselors can also help with the application process for schools and financial aid through in-class lesson plans. Dahir and Stone (2012) provide a systematic 11-step “Ethical Decision-Making Model” that I plan to use as a guide through any ethical dilemma I may find myself in. For example. consult. review the relevant ethical guidelines. I plan to hold myself and my colleagues to the highest ethical standards. I understand that the problems I might encounter as a counselor may not always have a clear answer. In essence. An example can be seen specifically in the area of college readiness: school counselors have the ability to help students individually—helping students to be eligible and competitive candidates for colleges by ensuring college requirements have been met. identify the nature of the problem. it is their job to simultaneously make changes at the individual student level and at the systemic level within a school. and leadership. the ASCA (2012) Ethical Standards will also serve to guide my practice as a future school counselor. I believe that the school counselor’s duties are not only important. consider parental rights. I plan to literally translate this into my own practice by striving to be as thorough and complete as the highest standards. but incredibly unique. and implementing the course of action. not harming. examine the consequences. Dahir and Stone (2012) illustrate how thorough and detailed ethical standards of school counseling are. however I will base my actions according to the provided ethical standards. consider the setting.

With a career in school counseling. My goal is to plant a positive attitude and foster a drive to succeed in every student I work with regardless of their cultural. socioeconomic.Running head: SCHOOL COUNSELOR BELIEF 4 Additionally. I am particularly interested in two areas: college readiness and bullying prevention. students should therefore find school to be a source of stability and refuge. school counselor must take advantage of the opportunity they have to be leaders of change on multiple levels. Ultimately. These interests stem from my strong belief that all students deserve the necessary resources to succeed in life (whether or not postsecondary education is involved) and that all students should be and feel safe at school. hosting college information sessions. or high school to a full time job—student should have access to the required support to be successful. high school to college. I know that the support I will be providing these students helps compensate for any lack of resources at home. As a future school counselor. Since most of their time is spent in school. I believe in the crucial and important role social justice will play in the foundation of students’ education. and creating a culture where postsecondary education is anticipated and encouraged. or religious background. Whether that is middle school to high school. Every student deserves the support they need from a reliable figure—I believe I can help . Additionally. I believe in the importance of preparing students as they continue onto the next step in their life. students have the right to be and feel safe while in school. I also plan to be mindful that equality does not mean justice—so I will adjust that support accordingly. I am familiar and comfortable in diverse K-12 settings and have become a strong advocate of equal opportunity as a result. school counselors can improve college readiness by leading the school at the systemic level—improving overall academic achievement using assessments and data. As a school counselor.

. both at the individual and systemic level. As I seek to make a difference. supportive. guidance. parents and school administrators.Running head: SCHOOL COUNSELOR BELIEF 5 our school systems strive toward this notion by being the bridge that connects students. In the interest of the future students I will be working with. I hope to create an environment that is safe. school counseling allows me to be all three—an educator with guidance and mental health counseling skills. and encouraging for all students. Since education. I will use the ASCA National Model and some fundamental Adlerian concepts to help guide my agenda of social justice and student advocacy. and mental health have always been strong themes in my life.

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