Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Factors Associated with the Choice of a Theoretical Orientation for Master's Level Counselors-in-Training
by Werries, Jennifer R., Ph.D., University of the Cumberlands, 2015, 115; 10629202
Abstract (Summary)

A solid theoretical orientation is foundational to professional counselors’ conceptualization and treatment of clients, as well as their professional identities. Counselor educators and supervisors are charged with the task of guiding counselors-in-training (CITs) toward the identification and development of a personal theory of counseling that will serve to guide their work. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether age, sex, ethnicity, and thinking style correlated with a cognitive-behavioral theoretical orientation (CBTO) for CITs. The 144 participants in this study were master’s level professional CITs who were in their practicum or internship. Among the 144 study participants, 23 (16%) were male and 121 (84%) were female. The ethnic distribution was 122 (84.7%) Caucasian, six (4.2%) African American, six (4.2%) Hispanic or Latino, five (3.5%) Asian or Pacific Islander, and five (3.5%) Other. The average age in years was 30.6 (SD = 9.35) and the range was 22 to 61. The results showed a CIT with a Thinking Style II correlated weakly with a higher CBTO score and a CIT with a Thinking Style III tended to have a higher CBTO score. Finally, the investigation showed a CBTO was not significantly influenced by age, sex, or ethnicity. Implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wesley, Martin
Commitee: Kulstad, Jody, Patton, Gary, Russ, Kay
School: University of the Cumberlands
Department: Counselor Education and Supervision
School Location: United States -- Kentucky
Source: DAI-B 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Social studies education, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Counselor education, Counselors-in-training, Theoretical framework, Theoretical orientation, Theory selection, Thinking styles
Publication Number: 10629202
ISBN: 978-1-369-99293-9
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