The Roles of College Guidance Counselors in Calabarzon: Implications to Guidance Program and School Administration

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THE ROLES OF COLLEGE GUIDANCE COUNSELORS IN CALABARZON: IMPLICATIONS TO GUIDANCE PROGRAM AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION M. H. A. SEMIRA Batangas State University Gov. Pablo Borbon Campus I, Rizal Avenue, Batangas City ABSTRACT The study was undertaken to identify and assess the roles of college guidance counselors in CALABARZON and its implications to the schools guidance program and school administration. According to Erford (2003), the transformative roles of school counselors were leaders, advocates, collaborators, counselors and coordinators and data utilizers. Likewise, Kuhn (2004) explained that better understanding of the roles of guidance counselors diminished some of the misconceptions and confusions of the…show more content…
These stakeholders influence the roles that school counselors fulfill. By collaboration, school counselors develop a sense of unity among students, staff, parents and community members. School counselors consult with teams to problem solve in order to respond to concerns that may be present in the school, such as equity and cultural diversity issues. In addition to being a counselor, school counselors are coordinators. They coordinate resources for students, families and staff in order to enhance student achievement. Lastly, school counselors assess and interpret student needs in order to identify barriers of learning, recognize differences in culture and develop goals for the school’s comprehensive counseling and guidance program. They also use data to implement systemic change. Systemic change occurs when policies and procedures are examined and changed in light of new data (Bowers & Hatch, 2002). This change occurs as a result of the involvement of all critical players in the school system. School counselors and counseling programs in general have historically faced problem of role ambiguity. Theoretically speaking, school counselors are hired to offer guidance and counseling services to students. Unfortunately, clarity of counselors’ functions within the school setting has been steamed up with multifarious responsibilities and roles that school counselors are expected to perform. The researcher was once a guidance counselor, and

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