Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2018

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Taryn Akgul


homeless, McKinney Vento, rural


School counselors must play in an important role in providing advocacy and support for students and their families that are experiencing homelessness. ASCA has a position statement as well as information on confidentiality to provide clarity in our role. Furthermore, the McKinney Vento Act defines homelessness and requires schools to identify and assist families as well as educate all school staff members. Rural communities are less likely to have resources like shelters, so the homeless population may be more difficult to identify and school counselors may be in a unique position to recognize the signs of homelessness.