ERIC Number: ED120643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
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A Supervisor's Reactions to a Competency Based Counseling Practicum.
Hector, Mark A.
Counselor educators at The University of Tennessee implemented a competency-based counseling practicum in 1974. These educators have had several reactions to this approach. The counselor competencies that are employed are listed at the conclusion of the paper. It has been noted that the competencies tend to encourage movement through the counseling process. They also facilitate the practice of counseling skills because they are specifically stated. Vaguely stated skills can not be practiced. Most of the competencies are stated in such a way so as to require repeated demonstrations on the part of the student counselors. It is typically with the second or third demonstration that the student is able to fit the skill naturally into his or her counseling style. The competencies have also facilitated communication between supervisors and students. Competency statements provide a written basis of expectation between them. The competency-based approach has been shown to have limitations, however. An example is cited in which a counseling student was able to adequately demonstrate all the competencies, but yet did not perform well in an actual counseling situation. He felt uncomfortable with secondary school students and tended to avoid personal contacts with them. The competencies seem to be a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for good counseling. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (Mobile, Alabama, October 5-7, 1975)