ERIC Number: ED249422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Malpractice Insurance Requirements in Counselor Education Master's Degree Programs: A Survey.
Hastings, Paul B.; D'Aboy, Kari Hansen
To determine what percentage of master's level graduate programs in counselor education recommend or require the purchase of malpractice insurance for their students, a 20 percent random sample of 287 master's level counselor education programs, listed in "Graduate Study in Psychology, 1982-83," were surveyed. The return rate was 80 percent (N=46 of 57 programs surveyed). Ninety-eight percent of the respondents indicated their students had direct client-counselor contact in their internship experience; however, only 48 percent of the programs recommend that their graduate students purchase malpractice insurance during the internship portion of their graduate training, and only 15 percent require that malpractice insurance be obtained. Fifty-six and one-half percent of the survey respondents reported that malpractice insurance is a topic in their curriculum. With increased client-counselor contact, counselor education programs, universities, professors, and students appear to be at risk for possible lawsuits. Counselor education programs might seriously consider mandatory malpractice insurance for all students offering direct counseling services. (Author/BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Houston, TX, March 18-21, 1984).