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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.

If you have a survey you would like posted below, please email

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.

My name is Jack Simons, and I invite you to participate in an online study to support the development of the School Counselor Sexual Minority Advocacy Competency Scale (SCSMACS), a tool that may be used to train school counselors who participate in either counselor education or professional development programs. If you are a certified school counselor who is presently employed full-time in a middle school, junior high school, or high school, I would greatly appreciate your participation -- if you have not participated yet.

When you have finished the survey, you have the option to enter a raffle for one of 20 $20 Amazon gift cards. A literature review and a subsequent survey research study have shown that school counselor advocacy activity related to lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) students varies. The findings of this study, therefore, may support counselor education programs and schools in training students and employees. The survey is anonymous, and takes about 20-25 minutes to complete. If you are interested in participating in this study, please click on the following link.

This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board for protection of human subjects at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY as of September 20, 2016. Please feel free to forward or post this e-mail announcement for others who are eligible to participate.

This study is being done by Angela S. Straughter-Thomas who is a doctoral student in the Counseling and Psychology department at Argosy University-Online, working on a dissertation. This study is a requirement to fulfill my degree and will not be used for decision-making by any organization. This study is for research purposes only.

The title of this study is Assessing High School Administrator Perceptions of School Counselor Role Expectations.

The purpose of this research is to examine school counselors and school administrator’s perceptions of school counselor roles. You are being asked to participate because of your role as a school counselor or school administrator.

If you participate in this research, you will be asked to complete the School Counselor Rating Scale (SCARS) Survey. Demographic questions are included in the survey. Your participation will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. There are no anticipated risks associated with this study.

There will be no direct or immediate personal benefits from your participation in this research, except for the contribution to the study. For the professional audience, the potential benefit of this research will provide additional knowledge to the literature on useful information about the way counselors and principals formulate role expectations of one another. You will receive no compensation for participating in this study.

The information you provide will be treated confidentially, which means that no one will be able to tell who you are. The records of this study will be kept private. No words linking you to the study will be included in any sort of report that might be published. Recorded data and transcribed data will be stored on my personal password protected laptop, which accessible only by me, then transferred to the locked cabinet after the research is completed.

All recorded information will be stored securely for three years, as per Argosy University- Online requirements. At the end of the three years, all recorded data and other information will be deleted and all written data will be shredded. You have the right to get a summary of the results of this study if you would like to have them. You can get the summary by contacting the researcher Angela S. Straughter-Thomas

You understand that your participation is strictly voluntary. If you do not participate, it will not harm your relationship with the researcher. If you decide to participate, you can refuse to answer any of the questions that may make you uncomfortable. You can quit at any time without your relations with the university, job, benefits, etc., being affected. Additionally, should you have specific concerns or questions, you may contact my dissertation chair, Dr. Samuel Pizzi at Argosy University-Online, by phone at 941-554-1591 or email at

You understand that this study has been reviewed and Certified by the Institutional Review Board, Argosy University- Online. If you have any questions or problems that arise in connection with your participation in this study, please contact the principal investigator, Angela S. Straughter-Thomas, at

By continuing on and completing the questionnaire, you are giving your voluntary consent to participate in this research. You also are noting that you understand your rights and obligations as a participant.

Click on the SURVEY link to begin 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.


You are invited to be part of a research study.  The researcher is a doctoral learner at Capella University in the School of Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  The information in this form is provided to help you decide if you want to participate. The form describes what you will do during the study and the risks and benefits of the study. 

If you have any questions or do not understand something in this form, you should ask the researcher.  Do not participate in the study unless the researcher has answered your questions and you decide that you want to be part of this study. 

The researcher also wants to evaluate the relationship between comprehensive program implementation and the leadership styles of school counselors.  

For more information or to take part in the study, click here.


Dear GSCA:


We are writing to request permission to solicit participation for a phenomenological study entitled “School Counselor Experiences with Response to Intervention for English Language Learners.” Leonissa Johnson, E. Ken Shell and Malti Tuttle, Assistant Professors at Clark Atlanta University and Auburn University will be conducting this study.

The purpose of this study is to examine the attitudes, beliefs, and experiences of school counselors with English Language Learners in the Response to Intervention process. We would like to recruit school counselors who engage in the Response to Intervention process for students identified as English Language Learners. We hope to capture the essence of their experiences through two in-depth, semi-structured interviews. The first interview will last approximately 75 minutes. At this time, we will explain the purpose of the study, review consent procedures, complete a demographic questionnaire and ask questions related to their experiences. The second interview will last approximately 45 minutes. At this time, participants will be asked for additional feedback and clarification.

Before collecting data, the research team will meet to “bracket” or discuss biases and assumptions regarding the RTI experiences with English Language Learners. After each semi-structured individual interview, researchers will write observations and thoughts in a reflexive journal to reflect upon the data collection. Interviews will be transcribed and data analysis will occur using Moustakas’s (1994) “Modification of the Stevick-Colaizzi-Keen Method of Analysis of Phenomenological Data” (p. 122).

  1. Utilize the phenomenological research tradition by describing experiences relating to the phenomenon.
  2. From the verbatim transcript, researchers will list each non-repetitive, non-overlapping statement; identify clusters, meaning units and themes and develop textural (what) and structural (how/ meanings within) descriptions.
  3. Repeat the second step with all remaining transcripts.
  4. Construct a composite textural-structural description of the experience.

Throughout the process, researchers will seek to verify our findings with participants.

Participation in this study is voluntary and all individually identifiable information obtained from the demographic questionnaire and interviews will be kept confidential. There are no personal benefits for taking part in this research however participants will receive a $10 gift card. There are no more than minimal anticipated risks and discomfort in this study. Some participants may experience some discomfort if they become aware of biases or negative attitudes that they have held toward students who are English Language Learners. Participants will have the option of skipping any questions or sections of the interviews to which they are uncomfortable responding.

We believe this study has the potential to highlight school counselors’ beliefs, attitudes, and experiences with English Language Learners in the Response to Intervention process. Capturing school counselors’ experiences may contribute to the knowledge base for counselor educators and practitioners to address issues of disproportionality in special education, counselor education coursework and professional development for school counselors.

If you have any questions about this research, please feel free to contact Leonissa Johnson, at (404) 880-8517 or, E. Ken Shell, at (404) 642-7238 or or Malti Tuttle at

Thank you for your consideration.
Leonissa Johnson, Ph.D.
Elbert Mackenzie (Ken) Shell, Ph.D.
Malti Tuttle Ph. D.

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