Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type



Collaboration, School Counselors, Principals, Preservice Preparation

Subject Area

Counselor Education, School Counseling


While professional collaboration between school counselors and principals has the potential to enhance the educational environment for students, preparation programs typically do not provide collaborative opportunities to preservice candidates. In response to concerns expressed by preservice school counselors and principals regarding this lack of opportunity, researchers designed and implemented a collaboration workshop. Following the workshop, a multiple-case study research design was utilized to explore the value of collaboration from the perspectives of both groups through participant interviews grounded by the Five Elements of a Professional Community. Findings indicate educators in these preparation programs have the opportunity to institutionalize a collaboration culture in their preservice candidates by providing cross-training to limit school counseling and principal role disconnect. Preservice training can ensure professional collegiality in school counselor and principal practice.



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