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ERIC Number: ED516025
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 170
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1095-9830-8
The Process of Becoming an Advocate for the Counseling Profession: A Qualitative Analysis of Counselors' Development toward Advocacy
White, Marisa Lynn
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Akron
This study investigated how counselors develop into advocates for the counseling profession. Qualitative case study design was used when interviewing eight counselor advocates. Participants were chosen randomly from a list of attendees who were present at the 2008 state legislative advocacy training. Qualitative analysis was used to explore the data. Inductive and deductive reasoning was used to assist in coding data. As patterns emerged the data was clumped into four major themes. The four elements that effected the counselors' journey toward becoming an advocate included education, mentorship, professional aspects, and personal aspects. The findings of this research indicated the positive impact that education and mentorship had on counselors becoming an advocate for the profession. Participants also discussed the positive influence that professional membership and professional identity has on advocacy endeavors. Moreover, participants gave details about the effects of personal aspects such as personal characteristics and personal experiences. This research supported findings in previous research and added information that has not yet been studied. It showed results that have implications on the counseling profession, counselor training programs, mentors, supervisors, students, and individual counselors. Additionally, this research gives a foundation for future researchers to build upon. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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