College students can select from a myriad of options when choosing thesis topics as the school counseling role has expanded to include input in school leadership, parent and community advocacy, guidance for special groups, and preparing students to be college and career ready. Patricia Van Velsor, in her article "Thinking Creatively: Expressive Arts for Counseling Youth in the Schools," reports that school counselors must be creative and try nontraditional counseling approaches to reach all students in order to be preventive and responsive to the needs of students from all backgrounds.
School Leadership Topics
Thesis topics may discuss the roles in which school administrators use counselors as part of the leadership team. Thesis topics may cover leadership roles that have moved counselors from being sounding boards to being a part of comprehensive counseling program that incorporate the diverse needs of students. In the article, "School Counselors Literature and Landscape Review Topics," John Bridgeland and Mary Bruce suggest deficiencies in the counseling roles such as a lack of counseling training on assessing tracking, collecting and disseminating data to students. Thesis topics may expand salient research on how these processes are more efficient. Students may research topics on how school counselors are valuable assets in parent and teacher conferences. Topics may include research on how counselors develop the master schedule--the teacher schedule of courses.
Topics on Special Groups
Counselors are trained to serve all students from a variety of backgrounds. Some students are far more advanced as talented or gifted while others are deemed to be at-risk and may need remedial courses to keep up. Demographic constraints such as being learning disabled, residing in areas with high violence or low income may hinder the learning of students and are intriguing aspects of study. In the article, "Holy Thesis Topic! How the Heck Do I Choose One?!," Natasha Monroe suggests when choosing a counseling thesis that students research the American Counseling Association website and choose from a list of topics or interest networks posted on the site. Students may explore topics on how counselors serve students with bereavement issues while struggling through school or provide brief counseling where students and counselors employ quick solutions to problems.
Topics on College/Career
School counselors are preparing students for college and career readiness. Students may explore topics on how schools have redesigned their curriculum to include college and career tracks for students pursuing vocational schools instead of college. Students can write on the steps involved in altering curriculum to accommodate these features. Counselors use a tracking system that matches student interests with career choices, similar to how college bound students may decide on college majors. Preparing students to be college and career ready starts in grades as early as kindergarten by getting students exposed to various careers. By the time these students get to high school, they will be knowledgeable of viable choices.
Community Support Topics
Community partners serve as mentors, provide funding for before and after school programs and speak to large students groups on various topics ranging from developing career goals to being successful in school. Counselors also serve as community advocates that assist with parent teacher conferences and also help with students who are special-needs, so topics that include these interests would also be engaging choices.
- Counseling Today, Thinking Creatively: Expressive arts for counseling youth in the schools
- The College Board National Office for Counselor Advocacy: School Counselor and Landscape Review
- Public School of North Carolina, Student Suppport Services: School Counseling
- Ameican Counselring Assocation: Holy Thesis Topic! How the Heck Do I Choose One?!
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