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School Counselor Beliefs and Attitudes: A Preliminary Comparative Analysis
Kevin Wilkerson, Timothy A. Poynton, Rachelle Pérusse, and Jennifer L. Parzych
The current study used the School Counseling Program Component Scale (SCPCS) to measure beliefs and attitudes about the ASCA National Model in order to investigate the potential impact that Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) status, graduate preparation, work setting, and years of experience have on school counselors. The study was conducted in Indiana, a state with a high number of RAMP-designated schools. Statistically significant differences were found between the current sample and the original national sample for which the SCPCS was introduced. No statistically significant differences were found in school counselor beliefs based on RAMP status, level of practice, work setting, or years of experience.