Collaboration, Coordination, and Team Building
Candidates apply skills of effective collaboration among school staff, parents, individuals, groups, and agencies in the community to meet developmental needs along a continuum of preschool through adult pupils. In collaborative efforts, candidates demonstrate competence in coordinating the services of community members, agency personnel and parents within a comprehensive school counseling and guidance program as it relates to the educational mission of the school. Candidates know and possess skills in building effective working team of school staff, parents, and community members for eliminating personal, social and institutional barriers to learning and increasing student academic achievement and learning success.
Knowledge of effective collaboration programs and services
Coun 201: Objective 2: Candidates gather information and gain social/historical understanding regarding a selected non-mainstream socio-cultural population in the United States.
Objective 5: Candidates learn to identify strategies for implementing culturally responsive counseling and therapeutic practices.
Coun 240: Candidates are required to connect families with programs and services available on K-12 campuses, at local school district, and in the community to address the identified problems facing these families.
Coun 241: Objective 1: Familiar with major philosophical and theoretical approaches to coordinating and supervision of counseling programs at elementary, middle and high school levels.
Coun 242: AdvocacyA
Objective 1: Develop methods of working with school staff and parents which include planned prevention programs to help alleviate school failure and promote ways of increasing pupil successes K-12 school settings.
Objective 5: Design and apply appropriate parent education program for specific population group.
Candidates are required to make presentations on prevention programs, parent education program, or interventional programs.
Coun 249: Students are required to meet with their supervisor and evaluate the counseling program at their school on:
- guidance curriculum
- planning responsive services
- system support
Knowledge of and skills in coordination
Coordinating the roles of school staff, parents, family, and community members and community agency personnel within the framework of a comprehensive counseling and guidance program
The importance of coordinating the roles of school‑wide staff is covered in many courses throughout the curriculum; examples as follow:
COUN206—family roles are discussed as important throughout the life span;
COUN220—counselor roles in career development are related to family and schools; COUN240—early identification is considered important in management of special problems;
COUN241—guidance services course; comprehensive guidance program is covered; COUN242—role of working with parents, consulting and prevention.
Coordinating support services necessary for success in academic, career, personal and social development and for meeting students’ needs
The PPS program incorporates this factor in four major courses in the curriculum:
- COUN 220, Career Development;
- COUN 240, Exceptional Children and Parents;
- COUN 241, Guidance Services and
- COUN 242, Parent education, Child Advocacy and Consulting.
The objectives in these courses are strongly related to the coordination of support services. Academic and career development receives strong recognition in these four courses.
Coordinating guidance activities through which pupils develop competency in self-management, communication, interpersonal interaction, and decision making
Candidates have the opportunities to participate in coordinating guidance activities when they are engaged in Coun 249. However, when they design guidance activities in which pupils develop competency in self-management, communication, interpersonal interaction, and decision-making, candidates apply their integrated knowledge from many different courses, such as:
COUN 200: Objective 1: The student will demonstrate a practical, understanding of basic responding skills through counseling and/or role play activities.
COUN 202: Objective 8: The student will describe how core conditions and appropriate techniques are used to establish effective interpersonal communication within groups
COUN 203: Objective 7: The student will interpret results of instruments to pupils, parents, teachers, administrators, and others interested in assessment procedures.
COUN 206: Objective 6: Students will examine the effects of family dynamics and socioeconomic factors that affect development.
COUN 220: Objective 1: The student will compare and contrast major career development and decision‑making theories and models.
COUN 240: The student has direct contact with exceptional individuals and their families and demonstrates awareness of appropriate counseling and/or conferencing techniques through providing services.
COUN 241: Assignment: The student will participate in group activities designed to develop skills as a leader, participant, presenter and evaluator.
COUN 242: Objective 3: The student will provide methods for consulting with schools as well as develop appropriate consultation models with teachers, administrators, and parents through the use of counseling methods.
3. Knowledge and skills in team building
It is the intent of the counselor education faculty to provide training for students to insure the development of professionals who possess knowledge and skills in team building to best serve the interests of pupils when collaborating with parents and a multi-disciplinary team. Candidates who complete this program demonstrate competence in inter-personal communication in a one-on-one context (Coun 174, 200, 208) and in group settings (Coun 202). Knowledge and skills are also developed through the following courses:
Coun 240: Objective 1: provide documentation of competence in collaborative activities, including knowledge of available resources, networking, and negotiation skills, with families, educational and other professionals and paraprofessionals
Coun 241: Objective 5: Familiar with ways of coordinating and developing counseling services in a school setting including how school professionals work together, increasing counseling services to pupils, working with paraprofessionals and volunteers in program planning.
Coun 242: Objective 3: Provide methods of consulting with schools and develop
appropriate consultation models with teachers, administrators, and parents through the utilization of counseling methods.