This session will present findings from a qualitative investigation of the impact of counselor training on the diverse identities of students as they progress through their studies. Narratives from focus groups with students at the beginning, middle and end of training will be presented to examine the impact that training has on the multiple dimensions of students’ identity.
The educational content of this presentation is a report on an investigation of the cultural identity development of students as they progress through a masters counseling program. The study involved qualitative inquiry based on the concept of intersectionality. The presentation will focus on the methodology, the participants, the findings, and implications for counselor training from the data.
To identify previous research on counseling student identity development
To identify aspects of intersectionality in counseling student's identity development
To delineate key themes related to the impact of counseling training on students' diverse identities