Counselor Trainee Personal Growth Factors and Self- Efficacy: ‘Walking the Walk’ Using Social Cognitive Theory and Bowen Theory
Metadata[+] Show full item record
Counselors and counselor trainees are expected to engage in intense personal work and self-awareness efforts in order to become effective counselors. The growth that counselors expect to see clients commit to and engage in for their own benefit can be seen as parallel to counselors’ personal and professional growth. Thus, the goal of this study was to examine the personal growth factors and the inhibiting factor of anxiety through the lens of social cognitive theory and Bowen’s theory of differentiation of self in predicting counselor self-efficacy in counseling trainees. Personal growth initiative, differentiation of self, experience with personal counseling, and anxiety correlated with counselor trainees’ beliefs in their ability to effectively counsel clients. Two aspects of differentiation of self— Emotional Cutoff and Fusion with Others—partially mediated the relationship between personal growth initiative and counseling self-efficacy. Training implications, limitations, and future directions are discussed.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Methodology -- Results -- Discussion -- Appendix A. Demographic form -- Appendix B. Personal growth initiative scale -- Appendix C. Differentiation of self inventory - short form -- Appendix D. State-trait inventory for cognitive and somatic anxiety -- Appendix E. Counseling self-estimate inventory -- Appendix F. Solicitation email -- Appendix G. Informed consent -- Appendix H. Incentive form