Summer Reading is Only the Beginning (Editor’s Note)
School counselors anticipating the end of the school year might experience conflicting thoughts about how best to spend their limited time away from their offices. Summer often serves an opportunity to focus on personal wellness via activities such as spending time with family members, gardening, taking vacations, and sleeping in. The summer months also can be a good time to engage in professional development in order to prepare for the upcoming school year. The Ethical Standards for School Counselors (American School Counselor Association, 2004) encourage both of these types of activities. Specifically, in Section E, Responsibilities to Self, ethical practitioners are reminded to monitor their personal wellness and also to maintain current professional knowledge, particularly in relation to developing skills to work effectively with diverse populations. At this point in the summer you probably have already figured out how to spend your remaining time. I do hope that you are finding ways to relax a little, as doing so can help you be more prepared to handle the emotional challenges that undoubtedly will come during the upcoming school year. I also hope, however, that you have identified one or more professional development activities in which you plan to engage prior to the start of the new academic year. Whether you arc a neophyte school counselor who has a lot to learn about everything or a veteran counselor who feels less and less prepared to address the needs of a changing student population, you all can find something new to learn about over the summer.