Our quantitative national study explored current attitudes of doctoral students, faculty, and administrators regarding tattoos in counselor education. As tattoos’ popularity grows in current society, prevalence increases in counselor education. Our interactive poster session offers the results of our study, implications for hiring practices, and considerations for professional acceptance of tattoos.
Acceptance transcending appearance. In alignment with the code of ethics, counselors should work to accept others and not discriminate based on outward appearance. If counselors are able to move beyond assumptions based on preconceived notions of visible tattoos to gain a better understanding of the individual at a personal level, this will likely translate beyond colleagues and influence work with clients as well.
Gained awareness of own potential biases. Counselors constantly work to identify own potential biases and bracket to best serve individuals and the community. This should be integrated into the professional identity of the counselor and applicable with colleagues and potential colleagues as well.
Learn about the existence of generational attitudes toward tattoos and the potential for influence within the field. There have been generational differences present within the United States in the way tattoos are viewed within society. If these differences influence the way individuals within the field view others who have visible tattoos, there is potential for the field to be influenced. Becoming knowledgeable of the existence of these differences helps to lessen the potential for a negative impact based on a particular attitude toward tattoos, be it for or against.