The Role of the Rural School Counselor: Counselor, Counselor-In-Training, And Principal Perceptions.

The American School Counselor Association developed a comprehensive set of school counseling guidelines to enhance the school counselor’s role within schools in the United States. This study looks at counselors” and principals” perceptions of the school counselor’s role in a Midwestern, regional rural educational environment. Results suggest that the perceptions of school counselors, counselors-in-training, and principals are, for the most part, similar Differences occur in relation to addressing student (i.e., special education program versus student guidance) and administrative (i.e., clerical, secretarial, disciplinary duties) needs given limited personnel and economic resources. Limitations are discussed and suggestions for future research and advocacy are presented. **********

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