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Joining forces for Students: School and Community Counselors Unite!
Rebecca N. Earhart and Sharon Mindock
Students today are faced with many challenges that hinder their educational pursuits. Mental health issues, substance use, and violence concerns make it increasingly difficult for students to remain engaged in the classroom. Academic declines are observed when young people lack the resources to overcome these obstacles. In order to meet growing student needs, school and community counselors must join together. In a new partnership, school and community counselors can work together to offer the guidance and support young people today desperately need. In order to form this alliance, we must understand the current frameworks that guide counselor interventions and the roles counselors can play to support the vision of maximizing student achievement under a unified and comprehensive system of student support. School and community counselors are trained to assist students with behavioral, social, and emotional challenges. There are a number of models that guide counseling interventions with students.
School counselors are taught to follow the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) model to deliver services (Bowers & Hatch, 2005). The Community Counseling Model is an effective framework for community counselors working in the schools (Lewis, Lewis, Daniels, & D’Andrea, 2003). This manuscript will explore both models and propose how they may complement one another through collaborative counseling efforts.