Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Should I Participate in This Survey?

I know! I know! You're a school counselor and you don't have TIME to take a survey, especially anything beyond 5 minutes!!!! Trust me! I feel your pain. BUT!!! As a school counselor you do owe it to your profession to try to make it better for future school counselors...and that is all school counselor researchers are trying to do...make the field better for school counselor by providing evidence based data. Unfortunately, they can only do it through research (surveys).

That's right, I said "evidence-based", not "do it cuz you like it-based". When school counseling can get to the place where we can tell administrators, superintendents, parents, school boards...we do this, because it is evidence-based; our jobs will be so much easier. Unfortunately, we can't do that because we are not helping to provide the data. I mean we have a hard time collecting data for our comprehensive school counseling programs, we have a hard time interpreting data, we have a hard time explaining the data, we have a hard time taking surveys so the counselor educators can get data...is anyone else noticing a theme here????  Hello????

You're busy. I'm busy. Shoot! We're ALL busy! But, if you say your a "professional" school counselor, well, that is what professionals do. They take the time to make their field and profession better, not just their own world. They do it locally, regionally and internationally. So the next time a survey shoots across your email or in your mailbox, decide that you are going to take some time take a survey and not just start it (because they have to throw that data out), but complete it. You don't even have to do all of the ones that end up in your inbox. Take one a quarter; one a year...but a take one!

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