Delaware School Counselor,
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! Each year brings a new beginning—a fresh start, a new way of thinking. Each year is filled with many opportunities to make significant changes in the lives of your students, teachers, administration and community. Change isn’t always easy or even embraced by those who may need it the most, but as school counselors we recognize the critical need to remove barriers that impede students’ academic and social/emotional growth. The more barriers that are removed the greater the opportunity for success. It’s a tall order, but who better to do it than a SCHOOL COUNSELOR!
Similar to the opening of a new school year, the Delaware School Counselor Association is primed for change and opportunity. This school year will bring a change in how the DSCA board conducts business, meets the needs of its members and elects its officials. The DSCA board structure will operate more closely to the policy governance process that has been adopted by ASCA. This will include new roles, responsibilities and greater opportunities for more individuals to be involved in the leadership of the association. Just as school counselors provide the best services for their students, DSCA’s mission is to provide the best professional development events and networking opportunities for its members.
As you begin this new school year, think critically about the changes you want to make for your students, your program and yourself. Take some time to analyze your student and program needs and to develop a plan for professional improvement for your own school counseling skills. What advocacy or leadership elements would you like to work on to improve your impact on students, families, teachers and administrators? Do you want to try a new counseling group activity or classroom lesson? Do you want to improve your use of data to inform decisions about your school counseling program? Do you want to partner with a colleague at another school to pilot a new anti-bullying program? Whatever it is, make a commitment, secure the appropriate training or resources and achieve it this year.
This is your time---believe in your abilities and make the decision to embrace change. Seize opportunities and make significant changes that not only improve your effectiveness as a school counselor but also positively impact the lives of your students and their families. As you embark on this incredible journey of accomplishing great things, be sure to take care of yourself along the way. Counselors have the tendency to neglect themselves by placing the needs of others first; however, self-care is essential to your effectiveness and overall well-being. The better you are both physically and emotionally, the better the chances are that your students will be successful. Make time for yourself, celebrate the things you enjoy and take care of you.
All the best to you this school year as you hone your skills, channel your inner Super Hero and save lives. Wear your school counselor “cape” proudly.
Stephanie LoBiondo, Ed.D.