Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type

Empirical Research Article


Social Emotional Learning, rural, school district, counseling, mental health, professional development, SEL implementation

Subject Area

Counseling, School Counseling


Social emotional learning (SEL) is a systemic approach that includes key competencies that can support school personnel to advance educational equity by focusing on all stakeholders within a system. The link between educator and student SEL has grown, as educators practice, model, and support the development of SEL in students. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore six mental health personnel’s experiences of implementing SEL at one rural school district in a southwestern state. Analysis identified four roadblocks to SEL implementation: a lack of foundational knowledge of SEL, lack of structural supports, learned helplessness, and inadequate ongoing professional development. This study calls upon one rural school district’s need to support mental health team needs, including autonomy and agency to make SEL a priority.

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Counseling Commons



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