Title

Counselor Supervisors' Perceptions of the Importance of Social Justice Competence in Novice Counselors

Defense Date

6-21-2017

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

PhD

Department

Counselor Education and Supervision (ExCES)

School

School of Education

Committee Chair

Jocelyn Gregoire

Committee Member

Joseph Kush

Committee Member

Matthew Bundick

Keywords

counseling; counselor education; counselor supervisors; social justice; social justice competence

Abstract

This study explores counselor supervisors’ perceptions of social justice competence (SJC) in novice counselors during the hiring process through the use of the Social Justice Competence Desirability Inventory (SJCDI). A total of 109 counselor supervisors completed the SJCDI, an instrument developed for the purpose of this study, and responses were evaluated through principal axis factoring. A series of one-way multivariate analyses of variance (MANOVAs) explored whether perceptions of the importance of SJC differed among demographic and professional characteristics. The results of this study show that counselor supervisors perceive empathy & self-awareness, social action, and the development of critical consciousness as important areas of competence for novice counselors to possess. Information presented can be used by educators, administrators, and supervisors in the development of counselor education curriculum and training that includes social justice principles.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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