family systems, college readiness, school counseling, adolescents


Postsecondary planning includes academic, emotional, and financial challenges for which many students and families are unprepared. School counselors will be able to better prepare students and their families for the college readiness process through understanding and implementing concepts from Family Systems Theory. This manuscript focuses on core tenets of Family Systems Theory that are directly applicable to the college readiness experience. The authors then propose a new framework to utilize these concepts and guide school counselor-student-family interactions. The manuscript proposes the READ-E framework to incorporate Family Systems Theory into college readiness counseling for K-12 students.