Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Social, Behavioral & Global Studies


Social and Behavioral Sciences

First Advisor

Tolga Tezcan

Second Advisor

Sarah Dahlen


This capstone report displays a comprehensive report about the struggles and demands of school counselors and how various factors such as: the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) code of ethics and standards, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and school counselor advocacy and support, all play a part in school counselors daily lives. This report also describes the use of intersectionality theory with all of the previously stated factors, allowing researchers to better understand the complexity of the role of school counselor. Knowing these factors, this report asks: What support systems most impact the job performance of school counselors? In order to answer this question, the report describes a systematized review method that identified eight sources that described multiple support systems that impact school counselors' job performance. After analysis of the results of these sources, it is concluded that wellness opportunities, caseload size and appropriate/inappropriate roles, are key to positively impacting a school counselor’s job performances. Future research should focus on how implicating more positive aspects of these characteristics can alter the overall well being of school counselors, and the entirety of the students they take charge of.