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ERIC Number: EJ1165686
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2164-3989
Evaluating Independently Licensed Counselors' Articulation of Professional Identity Using Structural Coding
Burns, Stephanie; Cruikshanks, Daniel R.
Professional Counselor, v7 n2 p185-207 2017
Inconsistent counselor professional identity contributes to issues with licensure portability, parity in hiring practices, marketplace recognition in U.S. society and third-party payments for independently licensed counselors. Counselors could benefit from enhancing the counseling profession's identity as well as individual professional identities within the counseling profession. A random sample of 472 independently licensed counselors self-rated and then documented their individual professional identity via their occupational role discussions with others. Results demonstrate that independently licensed counselors rarely accurately self-evaluate their occupational role communications. Further, counselors rarely establish the counseling profession's identity when discussing their occupational role. Participants' responses guided the creation of a model that can guide counselors in evaluating and improving the communication of their professional identity to clients, other professionals and the general public.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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