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ACA 2018 Conference & Expo Sessions

540 - School Counselors’ Leadership Self-Efficacy, Delivery of Services and Advocacy

Apr 27, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Apr 27, 2018 2:30pm


This poster session will present the findings from a cross-sectional study that examined the relationship between leadership self-efficacy, implementation of comprehensive school counseling programs and social justice advocacy among a sample of practicing school counselors. Attendees will learn about existing literature on these topics, the findings from this study and implications for future research and practice. Also, the presenter will discuss the mail-based survey research methodology and statistical procedures used.

We employed a cross-sectional research design that utilized survey research data collection methodology (Gall et al., 2007). We sent three notices to selected school counselors that invited them to participant in the study. The notices were sent by paper/letter mail. Participants had the option to complete the survey online using a Qualtrics website or by returning a hard copy of the completed survey materials. Inside the initial letter, participants were given a $1.00 incentive to participate in this study. The resulting methods returned a total of 267 completed surveys (47% response rate) . Participants reported a high level of leadership self-efficacy (M = 94, SD = 14.2), leadership experience (M = 4.10, SD = .80), and implementation of school counseling program (M = 3.06 SD = .51) with a moderate level of social justice advocacy (M = 3.39, SD = 14.2). Participants’ leadership self-efficacy correlated with their implementation of school counseling services scores (r = .44, p < .001) and leadership experience (r = .32, p < .001) but not their scores on the social justice advocacy (r = .06, p = .40).

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will learn about the existing literature on school counselor leadership qualities in relationship to their programmatic service delivery and social justice advocacy.
  • Attendees will learn about the findings of this study, which will include the methodology employed to collect the data.
  • Attendees will learn about the implications of these findings, including future research directions.


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