There is a scarcity of military connected providers who can administer competent mental health care for the military culture, even in the areas of our country that are saturated by this population. Both disciplines of Social Work and Psychology have recognized this gap, and in turn, have made great strides in training their students in the military cultural competencies (MCC). Yet, the military culture remains underserved. Counselor Education can become an additional resource to bridge the gap of educating military competent providers. A Narrative Inquiry study explored the transformative experiences and stories of five non-military connected Counselor Education master’s students’ desires to work with the military culture population. Along with interview transcription, the researcher, a lifelong member of the military culture, utilized participant artifacts and a researcher journal for data collection and analysis. The metaphor of Meaningful Bridges emerged from the thematic analysis and participant stories, symbolizing what they feel is critical to bridge the gap between master’s students’ needs for military-specific education and internship opportunities with current Counselor Education curricula practices. The inquiry’s implications revealed the importance of advocacy by counselor educators for the military culture to receive competent care from trained professionals in the field of Counselor Education. Future research reveals multiple studies that can further enhance the need of creating competent providers armed with MCC.
|Commitee:||Knoverek, Angel, DeCino, Daniel|
|School:||Adams State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Colorado|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Military history, Counseling Psychology, Health education|
|Keywords:||Advocacy, Counseling curriculum, Counselor education, Master's students, Military cultural competencies, Narrative inquiry|
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