Becoming empowered: A study of counsellor development

D. Donald Sawatzky, Ronna F. Jevne, Graeme T. Clark


This study was designed to explore the question of what experiences contribute to the development of effectiveness as a counsellor. A qualitative research methodology was utilized in which doctoral students from one program in counselling psychology were interviewed. Based on a thematic analysis of the interviews, a cyclical model of counsellor development is proposed. The overall process has been named "Becoming Empowered" which includes recurring themes identified as: experiencing dissonance, responding to dissonance, relating to supervision and feeling empowered. Several implications of this research are highlighted.

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