Professional Research

GSCA does not distribute research surveys on behalf of members or the public.  However, in the interest of furthering the research that makes school counselors able to better themselves and assisting those who are in pursuit of higher degrees, we post surveys which have been screened by the GSCA Journal Editor for validity. We ask that school counselors participate as they are able in order to continue and support research in the field.

If you have a survey/research you would like posted below, please email  Please include the exact text you would like published and the IRB approval.   Your request will be reviewed and approved by our review committee before it will be posted.

Posted 11/15/22

My name is L. B. Best and I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Education at Caldwell University and member of The New Jersey School Counselor Association. My dissertation committee is chaired by my first reader, Emma Kendrick, Ph.D. We ask that you consider participating in this study. The title of this work is, “I Am, Because We Are: A Critical Examination of the Influences Cultural Practices within Masters Level School Counseling Programs have on Pre-Service African American Male School Counselors.” This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Caldwell University (Protocol No.: 2022-18N).

The intent of this research is to examine the experiences of African American Men in Masters level School Counseling programs. Participants need to have attended or are currently attending such a degree granting program that terminates with the completion of the necessary course requirements for state certification as a Professional School Counselor. Participants will also need to identify as an African American/Black Males. If you meet these criteria, please consider participation in one 45 – 60-minute face-to-face interview which can be in person or through the online video conferencing platform Google Meet. Once all participants are interviewed the first time, a second shorter follow-up interview, of no more than 30 minutes, will be conducted once themes and interpretations are complete. There will be an opportunity afforded to you to read the transcription of your interview prior to conducting such data analysis. All Interviews will be held at a mutually agreed upon time and location and/or medium. Each participant will receive a $15.00 Amazon card for your time and participation in the study. Be aware that your participation in this research is strictly voluntary and you may refuse to participate, or may discontinue participation at any time without penalty. This researcher seeks to publish the results, however your identity and the identity of the school counseling graduate program you attended, or are attending, will not be shared. If you have any questions, comments, concerns or suggestions regarding this research I would be more than happy to address these. I can be contacted at or 908-821-4012.

If you would like to participate, please contact me as soon as possible. Please include your contact phone number and the best times to reach you. I will call to further discuss the details of the study and set up the interview.


L. B. Best
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Education
Caldwell University

Posted 10/17/22

Dear Professional School Counselors, 

You are invited to participate in a self-report survey as a part of a quantitative research study about school counselor burnout and engagement. My name is Byeolbee Um, a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at the University of Iowa. I am currently collecting data for the study about the impact of various individual and organizational factors on school counselors’ burnout and engagement. This study is approved by the University of Iowa Institutional Review Board. 

In order to participate in this study, you must meet the following criteria: 
(a) currently working as a practicing school counselor 
(b) holding updated school counseling certification or licensure 

Participants will be asked to take a survey, which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. 
A $50 Amazon gift card will be given to 20 participants who agree to enter the raffle. E-mail addresses will be collected and separately managed just for compensation. Your participation is completely voluntary. 

If you would like to participate, please follow this link: 
If you have any questions pertaining to this study, please contact me by email at You may also contact the faculty advisor of this research, Dr. Gerta Bardhoshi, at

Thank you so much for your time. 

Byeolbee Um, M.Ed. 
Doctoral Candidate
College of Education 
University of Iowa 
Department of Counselor Education 
N344 Lindquist Center 
Iowa City, Iowa, 52240

Posted 9/16/22

Subject: Calling all New Professional Counselors 

You are invited to participate in a mixed methods study that explores new professional counselors’ crisis preparation experiences. Exploring your experiences (or lack thereof) in your graduate program will aid in understanding the current status of training programs and the next steps to improving crisis intervention training. We anticipate that the results from this study will bring awareness and provide implications for current practices that will support future counselors.  

This study consists of two parts: a) a questionnaire and b) an interview. Participants may choose to participate in the brief questionnaire but opt out of the interview. Participation is voluntary, and you can choose to discontinue participation at any time. The questionnaire will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. To begin the brief survey, click here,

At the end of the questionnaire, you can choose to participate in the recorded zoom semi-structured interview. It will take 45-60 minutes. If you are interested in participating in the interview portion, please contact the primary investigator, Dr. Karlesia Montague, at to indicate your interest. 

Eligibility criteria: (a) completed a master’s degree in counseling within the past two years and (b) currently working as a professional counselor in your respective state. Professional counselors include mental health, school, addiction, marriage and family, career, play therapy or rehabilitation.  

Participants can enter the drawing to receive a $20 Amazon gift card upon completion of the survey. There are no foreseeable risks associated with the questionnaire section of the study. However, those who choose to participate in the qualitative section may or may not experience some discomfort in answering questions about their experience intervening during a client crisis. Your participation and responses are and will remain confidential. No personal identifiable information will be associated with your response. Privacy settings in Qualtrics will be used to prevent the collection of identifiable data. Privacy settings in Zoom provide several security options including passcode, waiting room, or only authenticated users can join a meeting. A passcode will be generated when scheduling a meeting and require the passcode to join the meeting. This passcode is required for video meetings and if participants join by phone. Lastly, Zoom allows the host [researcher] to lock the meeting once all parties have joined. 

This study #1201669 has been approved by the North Carolina Central University Institutional Review Board [August 23, 2022]. Pertinent questions or concerns about the research, research participants' rights, and/or research-related injuries to participants should be directed to the IRB Chair at, or the Director of Research Director of Research Compliance, Undi Hoffler, PhD, at or 919-530-5140. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Dr. Karlesia Montague at  

Your participation is very important, and we appreciate you considering our request.  


PI- Karlesia Montague, PhD                                      Co-PI- Amy Grybush, PhD 

North Carolina Central University                             Wake Forest University 


Co-PI- Maylee Vazquez, PhD                                      Co-PI- Josh Smith, PhD 

North Carolina A&T State University                          University of Mount Olive 


Karlesia Montague, Ph.D., LCMHC, LCAS, NCC
Assistant Professor 
Counselor Education Program
Department of Counseling and Higher Education
North Carolina Central University (NCCU)
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