“A Different Way”: The Experiences of Latinx Parents with School Counselors

  • Malti Tuttle Auburn University
  • Natoya Haskins College of William and Mary
Keywords: School counselors, Latinx parents, Relational cultural theory, Advocacy, Social justice

Abstract

This phenomenological study aimed to identify the essence of the lived experiences of Latinx parents as they relate to school counselors. A Relational Cultural Theory (RCT) Framework was used to explore the experiences of Latinx parents with school counselors. Twelve Latinx parents were interviewed from three counties in a Southeastern state to share their experiences with school counselors to provide recommendations for practice to the school counseling specialty and school counselors in training. The five overarching themes identified were: (1) Disconnections Between Educational and Cultural Systems; (2) Growth Fostering Relationships Between Latino/a Parents and School Counselors; (3) Sense of Worth Based on Quality of Experiences with School Counselors; (4) Desired Connections Based on Experiences with School Counselors; and (5) Knowledge of the School Counselor Role Built on Mutuality. These findings provided insight as to how the parents experienced their interactions with school counselors to support a social justice call to action.
Published
2017-12-01
How to Cite
Tuttle, M., & Haskins, N. (2017). “A Different Way”: The Experiences of Latinx Parents with School Counselors. Journal for Social Action in Counseling & Psychology, 9(2), 95-111. https://doi.org/10.33043/JSACP.9.2.95-111