Vol. 17 No. 5 (2021): Louisiana School Counselors’ Daily Activities and the American School Counselor Association National Model: A Complex History and a Hopeful Future
This mixed-methods, concurrent nested study was designed to explore the extent to which one state’s school counselors reported daily activities that align with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. Despite federal and state legislation, state policies, and a state model supporting school counseling practices, a significant number of school counselors in this study (approximately 25%) reported barriers to the implementation of comprehensive models. Barriers included a disproportionate amount of duty, testing, and the coordination of specialized services. Yet, three out of four school counselors in this sample reported knowing about and implementing elements of the ASCA National Model. Thus, there is hope that school counseling in Louisiana will eventually meet national and state standards.