The 2014 ACA Code of Ethics states in Standard A.4.b.: “Counselors are aware of—and avoid imposing—their own values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.” No scale currently exists to ascertain who may need assistance in separating their values or the impulse to proselytize. This poster presents a study performed to conduct exploratory analyses and examine whether it is possible to establish a factor structure for a Need to Persuade or Proselytize Scale to measure a tendency to engage in counterproductive proselytizing.
Counselors will increase awareness of the dangers involved the imposition of the counselors own values on the client; as well as, the nature and measurement of the personality construct which may be involved in the impulse to to proselytize or persuade along with ethical implications. There are no other scale that measure this construct.
Counselors will become aware of the development of an assessment tool which may hold promise as a screening or educational instrument useful in training or selecting students/future counselors or for use in research.
A model for counselors to employ in scale development will be exhibited and as a result counselors will gain an additional approach to developing other scales as well as understanding the components of this construct.
Professor, Coordinator Human Services Concentration Counseling MA,
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Louisiana Tech University