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School recognizes National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week will be celebrated nationwide Feb. 4-8, 2008, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems.  The week serves to highlight the tremendous impact counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan a career. 

Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate passed resolutions recognizing the importance of school counselors and supporting the designation of this week as a time of national celebration.

The event is sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), whose 2008-09 president Eric Sparks is currently a doctoral student in the School of Education’s Educational Leadership program, Director of Student Support Services option.

“Every day, school counselors work with school counseling programs that address the personal/social, academic and career needs of all students,” Sparks said.  “Their ultimate goal is to enable all students to achieve success in school and to become responsible and productive members of our society.”

National School Counseling Week gives the School of Education an opportunity to recognize its own School Counseling program, which was named the 2006 Outstanding Counselor Education Program by the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES). The School Counseling, M.Ed., program is a 14-month, 60 credit-hour program that focuses exclusively on strengths-based school counseling. Three full-time faculty members are associated with the program: Dr. Patrick Akos, Dr. John Galassi, and Dr. Dana Griffin. 

Graduates of the School Counseling program recently have received national honors for their commitment to the counseling profession. Tamara Davis, a 1987 graduate of the School’s Master of Education program in School Counseling, was named Counselor Educator of the Year by the ASCA in spring 2007. In addition, Michael Brannigan, a 2003 graduate of the School’s M.Ed. program in school counseling, was named 2007 Counselor of the Year by the New York State School Counselor Association (NYSSCA) this past fall.

The American School Counselor Association is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va.  Founded in 1952, the association provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more professional school counselors around the globe.