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Joe, J. Richelle; Shillingford-Butler, M. Ann; Oh, Seungbin – Professional Counselor, 2019
In this phenomenological study, the authors explored the lived experiences of 19 African American mothers raising boys and young men to understand how media exposure to community and state violence connects to the physical and mental health of these mothers. Analysis of semi-structured individual interviews revealed six themes: psychological…
Descriptors: African Americans, Mothers, Child Rearing, Sons
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Dari, Tahani; Laux, John M.; Liu, Yanhong; Reynolds, Jennifer – Professional Counselor, 2019
A gap exists in the counseling profession between research and practice. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is one approach that could reduce this gap. The CBPR framework can serve as an additional tool for translating research findings into practical interventions for communities and counseling practitioners. Stronger community…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Research and Development, Participatory Research, Community Involvement
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Crumb, Loni; Haskins, Natoya; Brown, Shanita – Professional Counselor, 2019
This phenomenological study explored the experiences of 15 professional counselors who work with clients living in impoverished communities in rural America. Researchers used individual semi-structured interviews to gather data and identified four themes that represented the counselors' experiences using the Multicultural and Social Justice…
Descriptors: Poverty Areas, Social Justice, Advocacy, Mental Health
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Coll, Diane M.; Johnson, Chandra F.; Williams, Chinwé U.; Halloran, Michael J. – Professional Counselor, 2019
A "defining moment experience" is a pinnacle moment or critical incident that occurs within a therapeutic context and contributes significantly to the professional development and personal growth of counselors. The aim of this qualitative study was to investigate how experienced counselors make sense and meaning of their defining moment…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Counselor Attitudes, Phenomenology, Self Concept
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Elliot, Anna; Bohecker, Lynn; Elliott, Gregory M.; Townsend, Bethany Jean; Johnson, Veronica; Lopez, Anna; Horn, Elizabeth D.; Roach, Ken – Professional Counselor, 2019
Counseling licensure portability is in a state of crisis. The collaborative 20/20 initiative made headway in establishing the profession's objectives toward consistent licensure standards across states; however, inconsistencies and significant barriers persist. The authors conducted a qualitative content analysis to understand the logistics…
Descriptors: Counselor Certification, Occupational Mobility, Counselors, Barriers
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Hartman, Anthony; Schuermann, Hope; Kenney, Jovanna – Professional Counselor, 2018
Despite efforts to boost mental health treatment-seeking behaviors by combat veterans, rates have improved relatively little since 2004. Previous work suggests that trust and confidence in the mental health community may be a significant factor. This study explored how professional titles may impact trust and confidence among active-duty U.S. Army…
Descriptors: Military Personnel, Armed Forces, Trust (Psychology), Help Seeking
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Gonzalez, Jessica; Barden, Sejal M.; Sharp, Julia – Professional Counselor, 2018
Exploring client outcomes is a primary goal for counselors; however, gaps in empirical research exist related to the relationship between client outcomes, the working alliance, and counselor characteristics. Thus, the purpose of this investigation was to explore the relationship between the effects of multicultural competence and the working…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Competence, Counselors, Counselor Client Relationship
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Saliba, Yvette; Barden, Sejal – Professional Counselor, 2017
Occupational stress is a top source of stress for over 65% of Americans due to extended hours in the workplace. Recent changes in health care have encouraged employers to build workplace wellness programs to improve physical and mental health for employees to mitigate the effects of occupational stress. Wellness programs focus on either disease…
Descriptors: Stress Management, Stress Variables, Occupational Safety and Health, Wellness
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Ali, Shainna; Lambie, Glenn; Bloom, Zachary D. – Professional Counselor, 2017
The Sexual Orientation Counselor Competency Scale (SOCCS), developed by Bidell in 2005, measures counselors' levels of skills, awareness, and knowledge in assisting lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) clients. In an effort to gain an increased understanding of the construct validity of the SOCCS, researchers performed an exploratory factor analysis on…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Sexual Orientation, Counselors, Measures (Individuals)
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Liu, Yanhong; Li, Dan; Xu, Yanqing – Professional Counselor, 2017
Indiscriminate friendliness (IF) is a prominent issue with children adopted from China to the United States. Through a mixed methods design, the authors explored four Chinese adoptees' experiences of IF within their real-life context, investigated potential factors associated with IF, and examined the IF-attachment relationship. This mixed methods…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Foreign Countries, Adoption, Case Studies
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Taylor, Jessica Z.; Kashubeck-West, Susan – Professional Counselor, 2017
This study examined preferences for counseling topics to discuss in individual, group, and family counseling among young adults with cancer, as well as their ranked preferences for attending individual, group, and family counseling. A sample of 320 young adults with cancer (18-39 years old) completed an online survey containing items relevant to…
Descriptors: Cancer, Adolescents, Preferences, Counseling
Crunk, A. Elizabeth; Barden, Sejal M. – Professional Counselor, 2017
Numerous models of clinical supervision have been developed; however, there is little empirical support indicating that any one model is superior. Therefore, common factors approaches to supervision integrate essential components that are shared among counseling and supervision models. The purpose of this paper is to present an innovative model of…
Descriptors: Counselor Training, Supervision, Models, Counselors
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Hebard, Stephen P.; Lamberson, Katie A. – Professional Counselor, 2017
Athletes represent a unique population with a legitimate need for counseling services; yet, counselors have done little to define and promote sport counseling. This paper represents a call to counselors, educators, and researchers to advocate for a rigorous sport counseling specialization and clarified professional identity. Counselors need to…
Descriptors: Athletics, Sport Psychology, Counseling Services, Specialization
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Machorro, Viviana Demichelis; Suck, Antonio Tena – Professional Counselor, 2014
The authors conducted an exploratory study using cultural domain analysis to better understand the meaning that advanced students and professional counselors in Mexico give to their professional identity. More similarities than differences were found in the way students and professionals define themselves. The most relevant concepts were empathy,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Identity, Counselors, Counselor Characteristics
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Hawley, Lisa D.; Leibert, Todd W.; Lane, Joel A. – Professional Counselor, 2014
In this study, we examined the relationship between various indices of socioeconomic status (SES) and counseling outcomes among clients at a university counseling center. We also explored links between SES and three factors that are generally regarded as facilitative of client change in counseling: motivation, treatment expectancy and social…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Counseling Effectiveness, Outcomes of Treatment, College Students
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