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ERIC Number: ED533281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 119
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1094-2518-5
Emotion Regulation for Counselors-in-Training: Determining and Developing the Emotional Suitability of Applicants and Trainees for Counseling Work
Cook, Jeffrey D.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Oregon State University
A historic struggle in the counselor education field has been determining and developing the emotional suitability of applicants and trainees for counseling work. The literature suggests that emotional suitability for counseling includes such things as: the ability to experience a full range of emotions, the ability to modulate emotions, the ability to appropriately display emotions, and ability to respond effectively to others' emotions. Evaluation of applicants to training programs and evaluation of emotional development throughout the processes of training are important because of the risks, including harm to self, harm to client, and harm to the profession, of allowing unsuitable or unprepared people into the profession. Historically counselor educators have used such processes as undergraduate grades, GRE scores, autobiographical essays, and individual and group interviews to determine if applicants have an aptitude for work in an emotionally charged environment. Trainees are challenged to build emotional intelligence and develop emotion regulation skills through classroom experience and supervisory strategies. However, there is no conclusive or efficient way to measure emotional preparedness. This literature review presents the problem and proposes a construct, emotion regulation, which may prove to be useful in gauging potential and current counseling trainees' emotional preparedness for counseling practice. The implications of emotional regulation for counselor selection and training are discussed. [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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Language: English
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