Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Becoming Gatekeepers: A Constructivist Model of Gatekeeper Development in Counselor Education
by Schnell, Natasha J. S., Ph.D., Northern Illinois University, 2020, 210; 28025131
Abstract (Summary)

The need for diligent gatekeeping practices in counselor education is well documented in professional literature, ethical guidelines, and standards of practice; although much has been written about gatekeeping, an extensive examination of the literature did not reveal any studies on how and where counselor educators are learning to be gatekeepers. Therefore, this study sought to ascertain what counselor educators identify as meaningful learning experiences and critical incidents that facilitated their sense of efficacy and preparedness as gatekeepers and to examine how counselor educators acquire and develop the competence to become proficient gatekeepers in the counseling profession. Phenomenological interviewing and analysis identified themes related to gatekeeper development such learning, training, competence, barriers, improvements, and conceptualizing gatekeeping. From these themes, a Constructivist Model of Gatekeeper Development emerged. Implications and further directions for research are suggested. Personal reflection on contextual influences such as COVID-19 Pandemic and Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement are also discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wickman, Scott A.
Commitee: Campbell, Cynthia, Tollerud, Toni R.
School: Northern Illinois University
Department: Counseling and Higher Education
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Education, Developmental psychology
Keywords: Counselor education, Development, Gatekeeping, Supervision, Training
Publication Number: 28025131
ISBN: 9798672192239
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