Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Social Work: M.S.W
School of Health and Human Services
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Keywords and Subject Headings
Counselors, Caseload, Role Confusion, Achievement Gap, Stressors, High-School
The purpose of this study was to investigate the perspectives of high-school counselors regarding their experiences with role confusion, caseload, and a lack of funding that in turn creates stress. This study also investigates the perceptions of high-school counselors with regards to how their work closes the achievement gap and their personal experiences that exemplify assisting students with their academics. The study used qualitative, semi-structured interviews to investigate the perceptions of high school counselors. Three counselors participated in the study through virtual technology. Their personal perceptions of how their caseloads as well as their experience with role confusion caused them stress in their work are presented. This study shows that all three counselors experienced stress due to caseload, and role confusion and also confirmed that these concepts are barriers that interfere with assisting students. This study also shows that all the counselors had examples and beliefs that they contribute to closing the achievement gap in which lack of funding contributes as a barrier for the work of counselors. This study suggests that additional research is necessary to better understand the issues of over-sized caseloads and role confusion in the human services community and also suggests similar studies be done with social workers.
Wood, Elijah, "Perceptions of High School Counselors regarding Achievement Gap and Practice Barriers" (2020). Culminating Projects in Social Work. 7.