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Friday, January 29, 2016


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 (, or my dissertation chair, Dr.

Shelley Jackson ( If you have any questions about your rights as

a participant, please contact a Walden University representative at (

Thank you in advance for your participation,

Cynthia L. Taylor, MA, LPCA, NCC, NCSC

Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Student

Walden University

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