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ACA 2018 Conference & Expo Sessions


223 - The Contribution of US Counselor Training to the Internationalization of Counseling


Apr 27, 2018 5:15pm ‐ Apr 27, 2018 5:45pm

Description

As discourse around the internationalization of professional counseling continues to gain prominence in academic and clinical arenas, consideration should be given to how counselor training is lending support to the phenomenon. The purpose of this session is to present and discuss the findings of a qualitative study that investigates the current contribution of U.S. counselor training programs to the internationalization of the profession.

The proposed research education session will present the outcomes of an exploratory study that intends to gain a better understanding of the current state of play of counselor training in terms of internationalization and what else needs to be done to mark progress on this front.  The study employed a qualitative research design, using phenomenography as a research theoretical framework.  The study captures the perspectives of eight counselor educators who have contributed to the advancement of scholarship and professional discourse on the internationalization of counseling.  The findings of the study will be used as a springboard to promote awareness and discussion on the subject of internationalization and counselor training.

Learning Objectives:

  • To gain an understanding of the current contribution of counselor training programs to the internationalization of counseling.
  • To reflect on and discuss the role of counselor training in the internationalization of the counseling profession.
  • To propose and discuss ideas to better integrate internationalization in counseling training curriculum and pedagogy.

Speaker(s):

  • Barbara Herlihy, PhD, University Research Professor, Counselor Education Program, University of New Orleans
  • Anabel Mifsud, MS, Ph.D. Candidate / Graduate Assistant, University of New Orleans

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