Competencies for School Counselors in College Counseling
Students and parents who are making college plans usually turn to their school counselor for help with everything from building a list of schools to visit to completing college applications to finding ways to pay for college. Most of these families are surprised to discover most counselors have had little, if any, training in college advising as part of their graduate school training.
One of the challenges in improving training in college counseling is deciding the best way to train counselors in this important area. In 2015, counselors Trish Hatch, Bob Bardwell, and Patrick O’Connor developed these competencies as a way to begin the conversation.
At the completion of their pre-service training, school counselors should possess the following competencies in the field of college counseling: