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School Counseling Leadership Specialist Training
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. Once you've completed the training, you will receive a certificate suitable for framing, pronouncing you a School Counseling Leadership Specialist. This Specialist designation is good for five years. Please note, access to all webinars, journal article, magazine articles and quizzes is included in the registration price. Books must be purchased separately. 

To earn the School Counseling Leadership Specialist certificate, you will read/view the following materials and take five quizzes online to indicate mastery of the subject matter.

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. For the webinars and presentations some users may need to download the g2m4 codec to play archived webinar recordings.

3. Take the five quizzes. Once you've registered for the training, log into the ASCA website, click on "My ASCA" and then click on "ASCA Quizzes." You must score 100 percent on each quiz to pass. You may take each quiz as many times as necessary. Please note, if you're working on a Mac, we recommend using Firefox or Google Chrome rather than Safari for best interface with the quiz software. And if you're working on a PC and the quizzes aren't showing up properly, make sure your Internet browser is the most up-to-date version.