Violence in Schools

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Current Events Impact on School Counseling Profession
Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred December 14, 2012 in Newton, Connecticut. This was one of the deadliest mass shooting at a grade school in the history of the United States. A 20 year old male, Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staffers. Lanza also shot his mother. Lanza committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Lanza had significant mental health issues which psychologist say did affect his ability to live a normal life. (www.CNN.com). Today there are has been more than 100 school shootings since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary. (www.schoolsecurity). Traumatic stress and psychological distress play a major role in counseling children. School
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School counselors and school counseling program directors/supervisors collaborate with special educators, school nurses, school social workers, school psychologists, college counselors/admissions officers, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists to advocate for optimal services for students and all other stakeholders. (ACA Code of Ethics C.2. Professional Competence; C.2.a.) Boundaries and Competence: Counselors practices only within the boundaries of their competence, based on their education, training, supervised experience, state and national professional credentials, and appropriate professional. experience. Whereas multicultural counseling competency is required across all counseling specialties, counselors gain knowledge, personal awareness, sensitivity, dispositions, and skills pertinent to being culturally competent counselors in working with diverse client population. The best way to expand one’s cultural competence is to not impose personal beliefs or values on students in the school community. (ASCA E.1.c.); Monitor personal responsibility and recognize the high standard of care a professional in critical position of trust must maintain and on and off the job and are cognizant of and refrain from activity that may lead to inadequate professional services or diminish their effectiveness with school community members of Professional and personal growth are ongoing throughout

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