Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A study of relationships between counselor education, social justice advocacy competence, and likelihood to advocate
by Decker, Karen M., Ph.D., Capella University, 2013, 187; 3602466
Abstract (Summary)

The relationship between social justice advocacy training, counselor competence in social justice advocacy and likelihood to advocate of counselor educators and counselor trainees who are in the practicum and internship phase of their training in Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)-accredited master's-level counselor education programs has not been researched. Developing an empirical understanding of these relationships is needed to inform counselor education practices related to preparation for social justice advocacy. The purpose of this study was to take a preliminary step toward filling the gap in current literature concerning counselor education and its role in preparing counselors to be social justice advocates. A convenience sample of 112 counselor educators and counselor trainees who are in the practicum and internship phase of their training in CACREP-accredited master's-level counselor education programs was utilized. The specific research design was a correlational survey research design utilizing multivariate linear regression analysis and correlational analysis using SPSS that examined the relationship between the variables of social justice advocacy training, ratings of competence in social justice advocacy, and the likelihood to advocate. It also examined the relationship in ratings of competence in social justice advocacy and the likelihood to advocate between counselor educators and counselor trainees. The findings indicate that there is a significant relationship between social justice advocacy training and ratings of social justice advocacy competence. It also appears that advocacy training leads to an increased likelihood to advocate particularly at community and societal levels. The findings further indicate that counselor trainees who report greater advocacy competence are more likely to engage in advocacy activities at the three levels of advocacy as defined by the ACA Advocacy Competencies (ACA, 2003). These findings taken together support the inclusion of social justice advocacy training in counselor education programs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Manis, Amie A.
Commitee: Burgess, Stephen, Flora, Amanda
School: Capella University
Department: Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 75/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Mental health
Keywords: Counselor education, Multicultural counseling, Social justice advocacy, Social justice counseling
Publication Number: 3602466
ISBN: 9781303548840
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