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Course Title

Program Management in School Counseling: Leadership and Program Advocacy

previously named:

School Counseling leadership: Mastering Professional Boundaries and Advocating For Our Programs

Course Number

ISCA 902

Course Overview

Gain mastery in program management as a school counselor, equipping yourself with powerful organizational tools to effectively oversee and enhance your counseling program. Learn how to establish and maintain professional boundaries, safeguard your program's integrity, and advocate confidently for the role of the school counselor within your school.

Explore strategies to amplify your voice at the leadership table through data-driven day-to-day planning. Discover techniques to leverage data for informed decision-making and impactful program development.

This course is designed to strengthen your practice, elevate your impact, and revolutionize your role as a school counselor.

This course comprises three comprehensive 3-hour sessions and includes two 1-hour checkpoints spread over an academic year, allowing for practical implementation and continuous growth.

This course will empower participants in effective program management, enabling counselors to efficiently deliver direct and indirect services to students aligned with the student standards, although these specific standards will not be covered directly in this course. It will allow counselors to use their time more efficiently to have increased availability for supporting students.

ASCA Professional Standards & Competencies (2019)

B-PF 8. Demonstrate advocacy for a school counseling program

B-PA 6. Use time appropriately according to national recommendations and student/school data

B-PF 7. Demonstrate leadership through the development and implementation of a school counseling program

B-PA 7. Establish agreement with the principal and other administrators about the school counseling program

Intended Audience

School Counselors

Essential Questions

  • Why is it important to set professional boundaries with school leadership, students/families and the community we serve?
  • How does School Counselor advocacy for protected time positively impact their program and student success?
  • How can School Counselors proactively establish protocols to ensure clear direction and positive outcomes for their programs?
  • Why is it important to bridge the role of school counselors with school wide initiatives, mission statements and visions?
  • What are the key elements of a data-driven program and how are those elements implemented?



Participants will have knowledge about:

Participants will be able to:

  • Program Management tools to support program development
  • Types of Boundaries for School Counseling programs.
  • Organizational and digital tools school counselors can use to set professional boundaries.
  • Data-driven approaches to amplify School Counselors’ voice at the leadership table.
  • Methods to bridge college counseling protocol expectations and students’ needs.

  • Manage the components of their counseling program with various tools and methods.
  • Set professional boundaries that will help protect School Counselors’ time.
  • Advocate for the importance of a School Counselors’ role in the school leadership decision making process.
  • Create an effective and data driven day to day planning calendar for the academic school year
  • Link school counselor program goals to school-wide initiatives, mission statements and vision.

About the Facilitator

Ms. Jaime LaDawn Roya is Head of Counseling/DP College Counselor in South Korea. She is originally from Houston, Texas, USA where she worked for Houston Independent School District for nine years in roles such as high school English teacher, Graduation Coach, and New Teacher Professional Development Coordinator before transitioning to School Counseling.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in British Literature from University of North Texas, USA and her Master of Education in Counselor Education with a Licensed Professional Counselor endorsement from Houston Christian University, USA.

She started her international career in Doha, Qatar in 2017 serving as a comprehensive school counselor for various grades throughout lower and upper schools. The past five years she has worked exclusively with grades 6-12 in upper school and successfully graduated about 125 students during that time.

Jaime LaDawn enjoys helping colleagues who are new to the international sector and/or counseling profession learn how to organize themselves in a way that sets professional boundaries to advocate for the work we do as School Counselors. She also encourages School Counselors to find their voice at school leadership tables and identify a greater purpose for their program.

Dates and times of offerings

September 25, 2024 - 9:00AM to 12:00PM UTC

November 5, 2024 (check point) - 9:00AM to 10:00AM UTC

January 27, 2025 - 9:00AM to 12:00PM UTC

March 21, 2025 (check point) - 9:00AM to 10:00AM UTC

May 13, 2025 - 9:00AM to 12:00PM UTC

Contact hours

11 hours

3 - 3 hour sessions

2 - 1 hour check ins

Time commitment between sessions


Required Resource(s)

Participants will be provided all electronic materials.


International School Counselor Association. (2022). ISCA International Model for School Counseling Programs (2nd ed.). BookBaby.

American School Counselor Association (2019). ASCA School Counselor Professional Standards & Competencies. Alexandria, VA: Author.

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