To assure that professional counselors in all settings are suitably compensated for their services and free to provide service to the public within all areas of their competence.
Listed below are three objectives designed to help achieve this goal. Links from each objective will take you to sample or model projects. These projects can be replicated and will hopefully help chapters develop new project ideas that will also meet the goal. The CSI Advocacy and Technology Committees encourage chapters to submit additional projects for inclusion on the webpage.
- Objective 1: Professional counselors will be identified in both state and national legislation as service providers in all areas for which they have competence through preparation and experience.
- Objective 2: Professional counselors will be accepted for employment and/or payment in any setting or for any service to clients for which they have competence and preparation.
- Objective 3: Professional counselors will be broadly recognized in the media and elsewhere as providing valuable service to individuals, couples, families, organizations, and society at large.
- Objective 4: Professional counselors will be broadly recognized in the media and elsewhere as providing needed and valuable service to individuals, couples, families, organizations, and society at large.
This activity contributes to recognition of counselors in the schools and in other settings.
Chapter Advocacy Project
Development and Dissemination of Counselor Brochures
Description of the Activity
In Fall Semester, 1998, CSL 600 Legal & Ethical Issues students were invited to participate in a counselor advocacy project. Students were given the opportunity to choose to do a counselor advocacy project that addresses one of the six themes identified in the Advocacy Strategic Plan. One student group opted to develop counseling brochures that tell who counselors are in three languages: Spanish, English, and Creole. These languages were chosen because they represent the major languages spoken in the South Florida neighborhood near Barry University. Parochial schools in the area were identified and the principals were called requesting permission to provide the brochures along with brochures advertising our counselor training clinic, to their guidance counselors. Brochures were distributed on an as-requested basis.
Resources helpful for developing activity:
For a copy of the brochure, contact Scott E. Gillig, (305) 899-3711, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Approximately $.10 per brochure
People needed for implementation:
- Design brochure
- Translate into other languages
- Contact principals
- To deliver brochures to schools.
Timeline for developing and implementing activity:
- 2 weeks - design brochure
- 2 weeks - translation
- 2 weeks - print, make phone calls to principals
- 2 weeks - deliver brochures to schools
- 8 weeks - total
Name of Chapter and Person to be credited with project:
Beta Upsilon Chapter: Tiffany Bryant, Chapter
Secretary; Julia Davis, Chapter Historian; and the following Barry University counseling students: Jorge Benitez, Priscilla Beatty, Donna Cohen, Danielle Colas.