ERIC Number: ED408523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Dissertation Research in Counseling Psychology: Topics, Methods, and Qualitative Training.
Kopala, Mary; And Others
Findings from a survey that examined the vast scope of research training in counseling psychology programs and topical areas that are addressed in dissertation research are presented in this paper. The questionnaire included both open- and closed-ended questions and were completed by 166 recent graduates of doctoral programs in counseling psychology. Results indicate that correlational, survey, and experimental methods were frequently used. The use of qualitative methods in counseling psychology training seemed to be growing in popularity, although training in qualitative methods remains uneven, with 62% of respondents reporting that qualitative methods were covered in their training program. Findings also indicate that the profession of counseling psychology is shifting away from its roots in career counseling and developmental needs of individuals and is embracing other areas. This has given rise to an increasingly diverse range of topics of research, including specific populations, psychopathology, career issues, professional issues, instrument development, outcome studies, counseling process, and ethical issues. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (104th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 9-13, 1996).