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High School Counselors’ Perceived Competence in Dealing With Student Alcohol and Other Drug Issues
Olamojiba O. Bamgbose, Chunnan Hu, and Charles E. Myers
School counselors have a pivotal role to play in the identification, assessment, intervention, and prevention of alcohol and other drug use (AOD) issues among high school students. This article surveyed the perceived competence of 97 Illinois high school counselors when working with students’ AOD issues. Findings revealed that school counselors believed they lacked competence in screening/assessment, group counseling, and teaching curriculum and that they rated individual counseling, consultation, and screening and assessment as significant training needs.
Keywords: school counselors, competence, AOD issues