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School Counseling Leadership Specialist



It’s been said that leaders are born, not made. If that’s true, then we’re all born leaders. Leadership is an attitude and a state of mind, not an innate ability. Everyone has leadership qualities and the potential to lead, no matter what official position we may hold.

The need for effective leaders in school counseling has never been greater. Students need school counselors to be effective educational leaders who can effect systemic change in their schools. ASCA and state school counselor associations need leaders who can guide the school counseling profession into the future. 

To address these needs, ASCA has developed a new professional development package – the School Counseling Leadership Specialist program. This course is meant to be transformative. It doesn't focus on how leaders behave but how leaders think, not what leaders do but what leaders are. At the completion of this course, you should not only know what makes a good leader, you should be a good leader – in your school building and district as well as in your state school counselor association. Completion of the course also fulfills training requirements for leadership positions in ASCA at the national level.

Learning Objectives
At the completion of the course, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the nature of leadership and leadership attributes.
  • Recognize various leadership theories and principles
  • Demonstrate effective leadership in traditionally non-leadership roles.
  • Identify the sources of power and authority
  • Develop your own personal leadership attributes
  • Develop a greater self-awareness and identify personal attributes, such as motivations and limitations, that may become obstacles to effective leadership
  • Explain how leaders effect systemic change in organizations
  • List ways to collaborate with people at higher levels of authority as well as peers and how to foster collaboration throughout an organization
  • Explain the challenges of leadership in educational settings
  • Describe Policy Governance and how it can be used effectively in a variety of settings
  • Learn how to monitor and evaluate organizational (and management) performance
  • Be an effective leader in your state school counselor association and in ASCA
For just $99 ($249 for nonmembers), you can earn five CEUs (equal to 50 contact hours) focused on developing effective leadership qualities and learning how to use those qualities in a variety of settings and situations, all from the comfort of your own home or office.  Please note, access to all webinars, journal article, magazine articles and quizzes is included in the registration price. Books must be purchased separately. 

Materials: 

Recommended Additional Readings:

  • Carver, J, & Carver, M. (2006). Reinventing your Board (second edition). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Imprint.
  • Collins, J. (2001). Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t. New York: HarperBusiness, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
  • Dweck, C.S. (2007) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York: Ballantine Books.
  • Golman, D, Boyatzis, R. & McKee, A. (2013) Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press.
  • Morgan, G. (2006) Images of Organization. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications

How to Get Started

  1. Register here to sign up for the School Counseling Leadership Specialist Training. 
  2. Read/view the above assignments. 
  3. Take your exams to indicate mastery of the subject matter. To access your exams, log in to the ASCA website and click on "My ASCA."  Then click on My Profile. From your My Profile page, click on the “Purchases” tab at the top, then click on “Exams” on the left. Your ASCA U Specialist Course and its affiliated exams will be listed in the center of your screen. Click on “Details” then “Take Quiz” to begin taking and passing your exams.
  4. Once you successfully pass all course exams by correctly answering every question, you can view and download a record of your education credits by going to your “Account” tab at the top of your profile and clicking on the “Education Credits” on the left. A certificate suitable for framing with arrive in the mail within 4-6 weeks.