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Although GSCA does not distribute research surveys on behalf of members or the public, in the interest of furthering the research that makes school counselors able to better themselves and assisting those who are in pursuit of higher degrees, we post below surveys which have been screened by the GSCA Journal Editor for validity. We ask that school counselors participate as they are able in order to continue and support research in the field.

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My name is Kimberly Nelson and I am currently a doctoral candidate at the University of South Carolina (posted 5/9/2017)

You are being invited to take part in a research study focused on The Professional Identity of Exemplar Novice High school counselors that I, Kimberly Nelson is conducting. If you would like to take part your participation is completely voluntary.

  • The purpose of this study is to understand the experiences of novice high school counselors in developing a professional identity who have been practicing between 1 to 5 years.
  • You will be asked to participate in an individual interview. You will be asked a series of open ended questions. You do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to.
  • You will be asked to participate in a phone interview only one time. It will take between 30 to 45 minutes.
  • You will also be asked to complete a demographic survey.
  • You will be given a $20.00 gift card for participation

If you are interested in participating in this study, please respond to schedule a time to complete the phone interview by contacting Kimberly Nelson at or 209-605-4506.

You will be audio taped as part of this study. All data will be kept confidential and upon study completion recordings will be destroyed. You must be 18 years of age or older to take part in this research study. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Kimberly Nelson. If you have any questions about your rights as a research subject contact, Lisa Marie Johnson, IRB Manager, Office of Research Compliance, University of South Carolina, 901 Sumter Street, Byrnes 515, Columbia, SC 29208, Phone: (803) 777-7095 or The Office of Research Compliance is an administrative office that supports the USC Institutional Review Board. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) consists of representatives from a variety of scientific disciplines, non-scientists, and community members for the primary purpose of protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects enrolled in research studies.

There are no known risks associated with participating in this research except a slight risk of breach of confidentiality, which remains despite steps that will be taken to protect your privacy. Taking part in this study is not likely to benefit you personally. Participation will be confidential. Study records/data will be stored in locked filing cabinets and protected in computer files protected by a password. The results of the study may be published or presented at professional meetings, but your identity will not be revealed. Participation in this study is voluntary. You are free not to participate or to withdraw at any time, for whatever reason, without negative consequences.



Hello, my name is Stacy Solsaa and I am a doctoral candidate at the University of South Dakota in the Counselor Education and Supervision program. I am working under the direction of my dissertation chair, Dr. Kathleen Brown-Rice. This research study is entitled, “State-Level Resources and Supports for School Counselor Implementation of Comprehensive School Counseling Programs.” The purpose of the study is to discover how support at the state level is related to the full implementation of comprehensive school counseling programs. Comprehensive school counseling programs have been correlated with positive measures of student success, but the implementation of them is scattered (Gysbers, 2006). By conducting this study, I hope to obtain information that will provide state leaders with insight into how they might contribute to develop more widespread implementation of comprehensive school counseling programs.

I respectfully request you to consider participating in this study if you are a school counselor, school counseling supervisor, or a director of counseling currently employed in a school district in a public school district in the United States. Participation in this survey requires answering a web-based survey, and will take approximately 20-30 minutes of your time. Participation in this survey is voluntary, and you may withdraw at any time without penalty. The questions in this survey are not of a sensitive nature, so participating in this study is considered to be a low-risk endeavor. All data collected will be anonymous and confidential. This study was approved by the Institutional Review Board of the University of South Dakota (#2017.020).

If you agree to participate, you can complete the survey online. If you do not wish to complete the survey, clink on the link that reads “I don’t wish to participate.” If you wish to take part in the survey, click on the link that reads “Continue to survey.”

We will keep the information you provide anonymous; however, federal regulatory agencies and the University of South Dakota Institutional Review Board (a committee that reviews and approves research studies) may inspect and copy records pertaining to this research. Your responses will be anonymous to ensure that they cannot be linked to you.

There are no known risks from being in this study, and you will not benefit personally. However, I hope that the school counseling profession may benefit in the future from what we learn as result of this study.

All survey responses that we receive will be treated confidentially. However, given that the surveys can be completed from any computer (i.e., personal, work, school), we are unable to guarantee the security of the computer on which you choose to enter your responses. As a participant in our study, we want you to be aware that certain "key logging" software programs exist that can be used to track or capture data that you enter and/or websites that you visit.

Your participation in this research study is completely voluntary. If you decide not to be in this study, or if you stop participating at any time, you will not be penalized or lose any benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints now or later, you may contact us at the numbers below. If you have any questions about your rights as a human subject, complaints, concerns, or wish to talk to someone who is independent of the research, contact the Office for Human Subjects Protections at 605/677-6184. Thank you for your time.

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Nora Gerardi is conducting her dissertation study which examines the suicide risk assessment and management practices among mental health practitioners. This study is supervised by Dr. Mark Terjesen and the study is approved by the St. John’s University IRB.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States; alarmingly, among older children and adolescents, suicide is the second leading cause of death. Suicide rates have been increasing for every age group over the past several years, and as such, this study seeks to understand risk assessment and management practices among practicing mental health providers.

This study will identify patterns in risk assessment and management practices and inform training needs at the graduate and continuing education level.

The study will take approximately 30-40 minutes. Please click here to be directed to the survey.



Researchers at Mercer University and the University of Georgia are conducting a qualitative study of school counselors’ strategies for making challenging ethical decisions. We would love to hear about your experiences in the field! What is involved: 1. participation in an informal interview with a Mercer University or UGA graduate assistant interviewer about dilemmas you face in your job, what strategies you use to address these dilemmas, and what you have learned about ethical practice over your years of experience; and 2. completing a short online survey which will be emailed to you. If you are interested in participating, or would like to receive more information about this study, please contact Dr. Morgan Kiper Riechel at This study has been approved by Mercer University’s IRB and Office of Research Compliance, # H1605139.



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