Dr.Jitendra Nagpal – Association of Indian School Counselors and Allied Professionals
AISCAP empowers, supports and streamline the school counselors and allied professionals in their role to promote child and adolescent wellbeing
Dr.Jitendra Nagpal (MD DNB) is the Program Director of Expressions India, the National Life Skills, Values, Community & School Wellness Program and also the chairperson of Association of Indian School Counselors and Allied Professionals. AISCAP was formed and Launched on 18th August 2011.
School counselors are an integral part of today’s educational system. Their role serves to foster the proper emotional, social, academic, and career development of students. They help to ensure that the students of today become the well -rounded adults of tomorrow. Dr.Nagpal, as the chairperson of AISCAP serves as an excellent example of this process at work. Taking a proactive role in education of the students he dedicates himself to making a difference in the lives of the students. That dedication shines through in the following interview.
Insights of the interview:
Talking about this non-profit organization, he said, AISCAP aims at collaborating with the formal National Board of Education to develop and create a National Model (A framework for school guidance and counseling programs) and connect school counseling with current educational reform movements that emphasize on the holistic development of all students. Its main objective is to help school counselors design and implement programs that meet the National Standards and establish school counseling as an integral part of the academic mission of their schools. AISCAP’s mission is to empower School Counselors as an important academic resource, supported by eminent professionals from the field of Counseling, Guidance and Health Education. In view of the global standards, this unique learning symbolizes the growth and development of school counselors in socio-cultural context.
He strongly believes that a counsellor should really like the diversity of duties he plays. Being a school counselor means that every day is different and brings new challenges. He needs to be a social-emotional educator. To lay the groundwork for this work, the counselor needs to use leadership and communication skills, collaboration strategies, and advocacy skills. He explains the counselor’s role towards students, parents and school.
Towards the Students: A professional school counselor has a primary obligation to the student who is to be treated with respect as a unique individual. He/she is concerned with the educational, career, emotional and behavioural needs and encourages the maximum development of each student. The counselor refrains from consciously encouraging the student’s acceptance of values, lifestyles, plans, decisions and beliefs that represent the counselor’s personal orientation. He/she is responsible for keeping informed of laws, regulations or policies relating to the students and strives to ensure that the rights of the students are adequately provided for and protected.
Towards the Parents: A professional school counselor also respects the inherent rights and responsibilities of parents for their children and endeavours to establish as appropriate, a collaborative relationship with parents to facilitate the maximum development of the student. He/she adheres to the laws and local guidelines when assisting parents experiencing family difficulties which interfere with the student’s effectiveness and welfare.
Towards the School: A professional school counselor supports and protects the educational program against any infringement not in the best interests of the students. He must inform appropriate officials to conditions that may be potentially disruptive or damaging to the school’s mission, personnel and property. He/she assists in the development of a). Curricular and environmental conditions appropriate for the school and community; b). Educational procedures and programs to meet the student’s developmental needs and c). A systematic evaluation process for the comprehensive school counseling programs, services and personnel.
Dept. Of Child Development & Adolescent Health
Inst. Of Mental Health & Life Skills Education
Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi – 110024