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ERIC Number: ED156977
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Professional Self-Concept as a Training Construct for the Helping Professions.
Thompson, B.; And Others
Cognitive dissonance theory suggests that counseling students will be most inclined to develop and later use those skills which they perceive as being valuable. For example, if students consider display of warmth a characteristic which distinguishes effective from ineffective counselors, it is more likely that once graduated the students will display warmth to their clients, irrespective of how valid this perception of the effects of displaying warmth might be. Clearly then, counseling students' perceptions regarding characteristics of effective counselors should be of interest to counselor educators. To examine these perceptions, all students enrolled in counselor education at a large university were asked to rate the extent to which 35 adjectives were descriptive of each of four counselor types. The ratings were analyzed using a principal components procedure. Differences in the student ratings were identified and discussed. Findings have implications for programs training students for the helping professions. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March, 1978)