Educating and empowering all school counselors to advocate for the profession and their students at the local, state and national level is a primary component of the mission of the OSCA. Advocacy is more than just influencing legislation, but influencing all stake holders. It includes agreements on appropriate duties with administration, running advisory committees to make informed decisions, sharing data with school boards on the impact of the counseling program and removing barriers to student success. Regardless of your individual needs, below are resources that can assist you in your advocacy efforts.
Ohio Legal Definition of a School Counselor
(as established in House Bill 1 passed on July 17, 2009 by Gov. Ted Strickland)
"Counselor" means a person with a valid educator license issued pursuant to section 3319.22 of the Revised Code who provides pre-college and career counseling, general academic counseling, course planning, and other counseling services that are not related to a student's individualized education plan, as defined in section 3323.01 of the Revised Code.
OSCA Advocacy Resources
ASCA Advocacy Resources
Ohio Legislative Resources
National Legislative Resources