Title

Awareness of Practicing School Counselors' Attitudes and Beliefs Toward Students living in Poverty

First Presenter's Institution

University of West Georgia

Second Presenter's Institution

Auburn University

Third Presenter's Institution

Auburn University

Fourth Presenter's Institution

Auburn University

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Strand #2

Mental & Physical Health

Relevance

This session presents the results of a national study examining practicing school counselors' attitudes, beliefs, and practices concerning students' living in poverty. The findings provide a foundation for considering the issues of training, implications for these at-risk students, and consideration of counseling and mental health services within educational settings.

Brief Program Description

This session presents the results of a national study examining practicing school counselors' attitudes, beliefs, and practices concerning students' living in poverty. The session will examine the findings with specific focus on attitudes and implications for practice. This will include educational and counseling practice, critical issues for schools, and how to develop training and school counseling interventions related to working with students living in poverty.

Summary

This session presents the results of a national study examining practicing school counselors' attitudes, beliefs, and practices concerning students' living in poverty. The findings identify several significant issues related to attitudes and beliefs toward poverty among practicing school counselors. The research integrated models of attitudes toward poverty that include societal, cultural and individualistic models of poverty bias.

This research session will examine these in relation to similar research in education and implications for school counseling. This includes the objective of examining practices, attitudes and school counselors' reported challenges and issues when working in high poverty communities and schools. A secondary objective is to provide programming and resources that address how to integrate specific educational and experiential training for school counselors. This includes a focus on addressing bias and promoting advocacy from a counseling perspective. Handouts and resources will help implement this type of training.

Evidence

This poster session is based on a national research study examining school counselors' attitudes, beliefs, and practices related to students living in poverty. The study incorporated previous research examining models of attitudes toward poverty that focus on societal, cultural and individualistic components of bias. The findings are discussed related to training and practice models that incorporate counseling standards related to practice, education, and training pre-service counselors (American Counseling Association, American School Counseling Association).

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Lacey Ricks is an Assistant Professor at the University of West Georgia, in the School Counseling program. She also has several years experience as a School Counselor.

Dr. Jamie Carney is a Distinguished Professor at Auburn University where she is the Director of Counselor Education Programs. She has multiple presentations and publications related to attitudes, practices and beliefs toward diverse populations including persons living in poverty.

Bethany Lanier is doctoral student in Counselor Education with several years Clinical Mental Health Counseling experience working with children and adolescents.

Margie Taylor is doctoral student in Counselor Education with several years Clinical Mental Health Counseling experience working with children and adolescents. She is also a certified Clinical Counseling Supervisor.

Keyword Descriptors

Poverty, School Counseling, School Counseling Practices, Attitudes

Presentation Year

2017

Start Date

3-7-2017 4:00 PM

End Date

3-7-2017 5:30 PM

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Awareness of Practicing School Counselors' Attitudes and Beliefs Toward Students living in Poverty

This session presents the results of a national study examining practicing school counselors' attitudes, beliefs, and practices concerning students' living in poverty. The session will examine the findings with specific focus on attitudes and implications for practice. This will include educational and counseling practice, critical issues for schools, and how to develop training and school counseling interventions related to working with students living in poverty.