Advocacy and Leadership Perspectives

Week 6 Discussion 1 Advocacy and Leadership Perspectives

Advocacy and leadership are two of the four overarching themes of the American School Counselor Association National Model framework. Advocacy refers to the intentional effort to sponsor or promote a change on behalf of a group or individuals. Broadly speaking, leadership is a process whereby an individual with a vision for change influences a group to achieve a common goal, such as social and professional change. As a future school counselor, it is imperative that you explore each of these core concepts more deeply, evaluate their meanings, and consider how they are alike and different.

For this Discussion, think about the advocacy and leadership role you will assume and play as a school counselor. Consider potential issues that you might seek to change or you might advocate for as a school counselor.

Post your personal definitions of advocacy and leadership.

Briefly explain the distinctions between the two themes.

Then, identify a leadership role you might consider as a school counselor and explain how this role would promote academic success and achievement for all students.

Finally, explain one strategy you might advocate for your students as a school counselor.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the resources and the current literature using appropriate APA format and style.

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