Dear Professional School Counselor:
This communication is to request your participation in a dissertation research project titled
CACREPs Relevance to Effective Implementation of Comprehensive School Counseling
Programs. This study is being conducted by me, Cynthia L. Taylor, a doctoral student in the
Counselor Education and Supervision program at Walden University. This form is part of a
process called “informed consent” to allow you to understand this study before deciding whether
to take part. Professional school counselors with a master’s degree in school counseling who
graduated from their school counseling program in 2003 or later and are currently employed as
school counselors are the intended sample. The purpose of this study is to utilize the School
Counseling Implementation Survey to gather information regarding school counselors’ perceptions
of implementing comprehensive school counseling programs. In this study, the population will be
limited to examining the perceptions of school counselors as a sample. The data collected will be
used to examine school counselors’ perceptions of implementing comprehensive school counseling
programs. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes of your time.
If you agree to be in this study, you will be asked to:
Review this form in its entirety
Click on the survey link and consent to participate
Answer 2 demographic questions:
o Did you graduate from your masters in school counseling program in 2003 or later?
o Was your school counseling program CACREP accredited at the time of your
Complete a one-time 20 item questionnaire that will take approximately 10 minutes
Submit the completed questionnaire
Below are two sample questions of interest, with responses based on a 4-point Likert scale
ranging from 1 (not present) to 4 (fully implemented):
School counselors use student performance data to decide how to meet student needs.
An annual review is conducted to get information for improving next year’s programs
Participation in this study is voluntary; there is no consequence for discontinuing from the study
at any time, the alternative would be not to participate. If you choose to forego participation or
discontinue at any time, your decision will be respected. The risks associated with this study are
determined to be minimal and may include minor discomfort that can be encountered in daily
life, such as fatigue, stress, or becoming emotional about the topic. The data collected will be
anonymous, therefore no identifying link to questionnaires will be established. There is no
compensation associated with this study. The data collected may potentially help expand the
literature base on the professional accountability of school counselors and counselor educators.
In order to participate in the study, you may click the link below. Each question must be
answered in order to progress forward within the questionnaire; if there are questions that you do
not want to answer, you may discontinue at any time. If you are not directed to the link
immediately, you may also cut and paste the link into a web browser. Consent is indicated
through participation, completion, and submission of the questionnaire.
Walden University’s approval number for this study is 12-18-15-0275499 and it expires on
December 17, 2016. I have no known conflicts of interest to disclose at this time. Please print or
save this consent form for your records. For more information please contact the principal
investigator, Cynthia L. Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org), or my dissertation chair, Dr.
Shelley Jackson (email@example.com). If you have any questions about your rights as
a participant, please contact a Walden University representative at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you in advance for your participation,
Cynthia L. Taylor, MA, LPCA, NCC, NCSC
Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Student