ERIC Number: ED221492
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating Trainees in the Counseling Practicum.
Meyerson, Roberta C.
A study was made to determine the procedures which supervisors and instructors of counseling practica currently use to evaluate the counseling effectiveness of masters and doctoral level practicum students. Inquiry was also made about the solutions adopted when a student is considered ineffective. The survey elicited responses from 89 individuals, most of whom served in the dual capacities of practicum intructors and individual supervisors, and represented a broad range of counseling approaches. The survey questions pertained to: (1) formal and informal assessment procedures in practica; (2) strategies for dealing with trainees whose counseling was evaluated as incompetent or ineffective; and (3) the relative importance of certain aspects of trainee professional development. Over half of the respondents indicated that trainees were graded on a pass/fail basis. The respondents indicated that they used indirect and subjective methods of student evaluation, such as audio- or video-taped counseling sessions, observation of student attitudes and behavior in supervision, and student self-reports of progress with clients. In response to a question on how they dealt with students who were rated as unsatisfactory, most indicated that these trainees were given "incompletes" and offered some type of remedial experience to assist them in developing skills in their areas of deficiency. Most of the respondents checked more than one option which they used in handling ineffective trainees. Over half of the respondents ranked counseling interview skills as the most important aspect of professional development for their practicum students. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Colloquium of the Council of Graduate Students in Education (1981).