Journal of Counseling Research and Practice


As the student population becomes more diverse in the United States (Human Rights Campaign, 2018; National Center for Education Statistics, 2018), school counselors (SCs) are also called upon to provide comprehensive school counseling programs to meet the needs of all students (ASCA, 2019). In addition to following the profession’s national model, the American School Counseling Association’s Ethical Standards (2016) provide a set of guidelines including specific language aimed at providing culturally competent counseling services to students and stakeholders. With this in mind, the purpose of this manuscript is twofold. The first goal is to provide SCs with strategies for use when providing services to diverse students. Next, the authors will highlight sections of the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors (ASCA, 2016) that specifically address diverse students’ needs. Case scenarios will also be provided.