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ERIC Number: EJ900490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0011-0035
Professional Identity Development: A Grounded Theory of Transformational Tasks of New Counselors
Gibson, Donna M.; Dollarhide, Colette T.; Moss, Julie M.
Counselor Education and Supervision, v50 n1 p21-38 Sep 2010
Professional identity development is an important professional issue. Examining the lived experiences of counselors-in-training (CITs), the authors used grounded theory methodology to describe the transformational tasks that are required for professional identity development. Tasks include finding a personal definition of counseling, internalizing responsibility for professional growth, and developing a systemic identity--all simultaneously manifesting as students progress from focus on experts to self-validation. Counselor educators can facilitate movement through these transformational tasks by helping CITs to increase self-evaluating, self-motivating, and self-locating within a professional community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A