Standard 13

Collaboration and Coordination of Pupil Support Systems

The program provides candidates with opportunities and experiences to collaborate effectively with community-based organizations, agencies, and other professionals. Candidates demonstrate knowledge of programs and services within a comprehensive model of support at the school site level designed to promote high expectations and increase pupil learning and achievement.

Factors to Consider

Skills in collaboration and coordination

Candidates’ skills in collaboration are developed throughout their learning experiences in a variety of courses. Courses include developing their skills in interpersonal communication (Coun 200, Coun 208), sensitivity to group dynamics (Coun 202), skills in cross-cultural communication and knowledge about differences in communication styles (Coun 201), skills in parent involvement (Coun 240), skills in systems thinking and approaches (Coun 241, Coun 242), and the application of these skills in field practice (Coun 249). These learning experiences result in the development of candidates as leaders functioning in the role of a systems change agent.

In Coun 200 and Coun 208, candidates are given opportunities to engage in communication with an individual in a supervised setting. They are given feedback on how they establish a working relationship and a productive communication process with other. Coun 202, 240, 241, 242, and 249 further develop candidates’ knowledge and skills in collaboration, and coordination in group/community/organizational settings.

Relevant course objectives and/or activities relating to Factors to Consider in this Standard are listed below:

COUN 202

Objectives2. The student will describe group leadership styles and approaches including characteristics of various types of group leaders and leadership styles.

4. The student will describe group counseling methods including group counselor orientations and behaviors, appropriate selection criteria and methods, and methods of evaluation of effectiveness.

5. The student will have direct experiences by participating as a group member in a small group activity, approved by the program, for a minimum of 10 clock hours over the course of one academic term.

7. The student will identify how group counseling in a school setting helps students overcome barriers to learning.

8. The student will describe how core conditions and appropriate techniques are used to establish effective interpersonal communication within groups.

14. The student will participate in a group experience and will apply theory to practice and participate fully in the process of group work.

Assignment: GroupA

COUN 240: Candidates work closely with parent(s) to explore resources that can address the specific concerns of the child and the family in their child’s school, school district, and community. Candidates are engaged in activities such as liaison with personnel of individual schools, school districts, and community agencies for information about available services and connecting the family with representatives of on-site and off-site services.

Assignment: ExceptionalA

COUN 241:

Objective 3: Able to identify ways a counselor provides counseling services to students including individual counseling, classroom guidance, responsive support services.

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.

Assignment: OrganizationA

COUN 242

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 2: Develop and apply methods of consultation services to include conflict resolution, team consultation procedures, classroom management skills for teachers, school discipline models and strategies for teachers.

Objective 3: Provide methods of consulting with schools and develop appropriate consultation models with teachers, administrators, and parents through the utilization of counseling methods.

Assignment: AdvocacyA

COUN 249: Assignment: Candidates work closely with school personnel to carry out different activities related to school counseling under the supervision of an on-site supervisor and the university supervisor.

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