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ERIC Number: ED354446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Selecting a Theory of Counseling: Personal and Professional Congruency for Counseling Students.
Finch, Jessie; And Others
A procedure was developed to help counseling students define their beliefs about people and their behavior and thus help them to identify their personal counseling theory. Class discussion concerning congruency between personal and professional beliefs is the result of using this procedure. Practicum students are expected to be familiar with a variety of theories. It has been observed that when students are asked to select their personal theory many either blindly select or claim a theory practiced by a strong faculty member. Choosing a theory involves a synthesis of academic information along with a person's own view of people and the factors that affect their behavior. In this procedure students first identify their theory as they believe it to be and then respond to 50 statements by either agreeing or disagreeing. In using this procedure with over 200 persons it was found that more persons than not were congruent with the theory originally indicated. When this teaching procedure was used in classes, it stimulated much discussion among the students. This discussion was used to either reinforce the theory that the student professed or to help determine if the student was actually practicing another theory. Students who were both personally and professionally congruent expressed more confidence than neophyte counselors. Non-congruent students were helped to look at the differences between their beliefs and their practice. A copy of the theory study guide instrument is attached. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A