During Internship 1, my goal is to demonstrate an understanding of the professional role and identity with school counseling by enhancing my experience in advocating for the profession itself. Recognize and respond to ethical and legal concerns applicable to the practice of school counseling comes with understanding and gaining experience in the ASCA national model. Identifying with current trends in school counseling and educational reform by understanding the history of school counseling and tracing the philosophy. Use of developmental approaches in individual, small-group, and classroom counseling activities that take into account any issues affecting the development and functioning of students is important. Investigating methods of advocating for students that include a sensitivity to the role of racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, family structure, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious and spiritual beliefs, physical and mental status/placement issues in school counseling. Systems theories and relationships among or between community, family and the school systems and how they interact to influence students and affect each system plays a great weight on the individual.This internship opportunity has allowed me to plan school counseling activities that integrate into the K-5 school curriculum by providing information and skills training to assist students in maximizing their individual academic, personal and social development. I’ve come to analyze the demographics, special needs of learners, the school as a whole, statewide educational goals, use available resources, and the various systems that affect students in order to plan and assess program activities inside and outside of the school setting.
I will continue to plan and demonstrate activities that are relevant to the needs of students in a diverse school population, including a demonstration of an understanding of the responsibilities inherent in serving the needs of all children no matter the need. Through case conceptualization and assessment, I have the ability to gather and interpret information, apply counseling and developmental theories and engage in collaborative treatment planning which are important parts of school counseling.In conclusion, I see this internship as an excellent opportunity to further myself as one who can demonstrate knowledge and the ability to apply current and emerging technologies in education and school counseling to assist students, families, and educators in using resources that promote informed academic, personal and social choices.