Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A needs assessment of pastoral counselors in Honduras: A Delphi study
by Gines-Rivera, Antoinette, Ph.D., Regent University, 2010, 164; 3405789
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation examines the mental health needs of Hondurans as identified by a sample of pastoral counselors as they are enrolled in a family counseling course. The study is anchored in the theoretical assumptions of indigenous psychology, internationalization of counseling, and multicultural counseling competency (MCC; Adair, Coêlho, & Luna, 2002; David & Buchanan, 2003; Kamenou, 2007; Lee, Oh, & Mountcastle, 1992; S. Wilson 2001). The expansion of an indigenous counseling model specific to the Honduran cultural context is fundamental to the local counselor in enhancing and implementing effectual counseling approaches (Savickas, 2007). Therefore, the development of a culture-specific needs assessment is critical in obtaining the counseling needs of the Honduran populace (Humm-Delgado & Delgado, 1983). This study is conducted by utilizing the Delphi method (Dalkey, 1969) in the data collection of expert opinions from 20 pastoral students studying counseling practices at the Biblical Seminary of the Church of God (Seminario Biblico de la Iglesias De Dios) in Siguatepeque, Honduras. Three key constructs are identified comprising the rationales guiding the investigation: (a) The considerable attention being raised in how indigenous psychology, MCC, and internationalization of counseling are being examined and valued; (b) the dearth of studies focusing on best practices in counseling Hondurans (Sells et al., 2007); and (c) the advantages of anticipated benefits to counselors meeting cultural challenges in North America.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sells, James
Commitee:
School: Regent University
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-B 71/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Pastoral Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Continuing education
Keywords: Delphi study, Honduras, Indigenous, Indigenous psychology, Multicultural counseling, Pastoral counselors
Publication Number: 3405789
ISBN: 978-1-109-72025-9
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