The Impact of Counselor Training on Students’ Couple Relationships: A Qualitative Inquiry

Kirsten W. Murray, David M. Kleist

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    Abstract

    The following qualitative study examined the impact of counselor training on the experience and process of four counseling students’ couple relationships. Students were selected from a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited program to take part in three rounds of interviews and member-check procedures. Data were analyzed using a grounded theory methodology informed by Strauss and Corbin (1998) and Clarke (2005). Findings indicated that couple relationships transform as counselors-in-training expose themselves to the discovery of new awareness. This newfound awareness fostered both personal and relationship changes for the counseling students. The relationship changes described by participants were further influenced by experiences of support and gratitude within their couple relationships.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)122-131
    Number of pages10
    JournalThe Family Journal
    Volume19
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Apr 2011

    Keywords

    • counselor training
    • counselors-in-training
    • couple relationships
    • grounded theory

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