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ERIC Number: EJ955278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0011-0035
A Measure of Counselor Competency
Eriksen, Karen; McAuliffe, Garrett
Counselor Education and Supervision, v43 n2 p120-133 Dec 2003
Counselor educators need to be able to demonstrate their effectiveness in training new counselors; however, currently few valid or reliable measures exist for assessing educators' impact. The authors describe the development of such an instrument, the Counseling Skills Scale. They began by revising an existing scale and then they solicited feedback from experts and a focus group. They used the instrument to compare beginning counselors-in-training with those who had completed a counseling skills course. Finally, they conducted an item analysis. A paired t test showed significant improvements in counseling skills (t = 4.51, p less than 0.000) from pretest to posttest. Cronbach's alpha showed internal consistency to be 0.90.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A