ERIC Number: EJ930509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Counselor Professional Identity: Findings and Implications for Counseling and Interprofessional Collaboration
Mellin, Elizabeth A.; Hunt, Brandon; Nichols, Lindsey M.
Journal of Counseling & Development, v89 n2 p140-147 Spr 2011
This exploratory, qualitative study examined the professional identity of 238 practicing counselors and how they perceived counseling as distinct from psychology and social work. Participants' professional identities seemed to be grounded in a developmental, prevention, and wellness orientation toward helping. Participants also seemed to embrace a unified professional identity. Psychology was perceived as emphasizing testing and social work as focusing on systemic issues. Findings and implications for the counseling profession and interprofessional collaboration are discussed.
Descriptors: Psychology, Counseling, Counselors, Social Work, Identification (Psychology), Qualitative Research, Counselor Attitudes, Wellness, Prevention, Helping Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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