In Service of Mission: Assessing Catholic School Guidance Counselors

Robert J Murray, Kristy Kane
2010 Catholic education (Dayton, Ohio. Online)  
Catholic schools are set apart from public schools in that Catholic schools aim to create for the school community an atmosphere enlivened by the Gospel spirit of freedom and charity. Those who serve in Catholic schools, therefore, need to understand their role as unique, that is, faith driven. The purpose of this study was to assess this uniqueness as understood and practiced by Catholic school counselors. The fi ndings of this study noted positive trends among Catholic school counselors,
more » ... cularly in terms of academic preparation and training as well as some incorporation of Catholic identity and mission into their ministry with students. Among these fi ndings, the most signifi cant is that Catholic school counselors need to incorporate the identity and unique mission of the Catholic Church more effectively into their work with students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Beginning with the hiring interview and the orientation process, Catholic school counselors must make a conscious effort to thread the Catholic identity, as it is embodied in the school's unique mission, into their guidance programs, thereby distinguishing what they do as a ministry rather than a job. Dramatic declines in rates of violence and risky behaviors such as teen births, smoking, alcohol, and illegal drug use during the past 10 years have contributed substantially to modest and slow progress in the overall well-being of America's children...The rate of educational attainment remains stagnant, despite two decades of national focus on how to improve the education system. More children live in poverty today than did in 1975. In addition, persistent rates of obesi-
doi:10.15365/joce.1402032013 fatcat:kuwu2my3tzfgbfn5ghhji3q3um