ERIC Number: ED294133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar-20
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Counseling for the Counselor: A National Survey.
Beck, Terrence D.; Yager, Geoffrey G.
Many professional counselors have related the positive impact that their own personal counseling has made on their mental health and on their behavior with clients. A national survey of 146 counselors certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors was conducted to determine the extent to which counselors seek out and benefit from personal counseling for their own concerns. The results of the survey revealed that 55% of respondents had received personal counseling themselves. No significant differences were found between counselors who had received counseling and those who had not in the areas of educational degree, work setting, names of programs from which they had graduated, or counseling experience. Those who had never received counseling reported that they either never felt the need for counseling or they received informal support from friends, colleagues, or supervisors. Of the 81 respondents who had received counseling, most had sought counseling for personal problems, followed in frequency by emotional symptoms and self-improvement. Over 90% had received their counseling on an individual basis; 25% had received group counseling; and 33% had been to more than one counselor. Over 90% reported that they would see a counselor again if the need arose and 86.4% reported that the experience of being a client had an impact on their effectiveness in their own work as counselors. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Chicago, IL, March 20-23, 1988).