Beliefs Matter: School Counselor Self-Assessment of Perceived Advocacy, Collaboration, and Leadership Mindset

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self-perceived advocacy, collaboration, and leadership skills, American School Counseling Association (ASCA),
Dolan, Autumn
An Abstract of the Dissertation of Autumn Dolan Autumn Dolan for the degree of Doctor of Education in Leadership, Learning and Community presented on Date: August 9, 2022 Title: Beliefs Matter: School counselor self-assessment of perceived advocacy, collaboration, and leadership mindset. Dr. Marcel Lebrun, Dissertation Committee Chair The purpose of this study was to examine self-perceived advocacy, collaboration, and leadership skills of school counselors and the ways in which they demonstrate the American School Counseling Association (ASCA), recommended mindsets. ASCA recommends that counselors self-assess their own mindsets and behaviors and formulate an appropriate professional development plan yet little guidance is given on how this should be done. School counselors can adopt a leadership posture that is consistent with the needs of schools and learners by using social-emotional insights and behaviors. A key common competency in both social emotional leadership and the ASCA professional standards requires counselors to be competent in self-awareness and be able to self-assess their own mindsets and beliefs. This mixed methods study was created to give school counselors within a single school district the opportunity for in-depth reflection to self assess skills and beliefs so that they can advocate, collaborate, and lead effectvely