Experiences of Asian psychologists and counselors trained in the USA: an exploratory study

Michael Goh, Kyu Jin Yon, Yukiko Shimmi, Tatsuya Hirai

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This study qualitatively explored the pre-departure to reentry experiences of Asian international psychologists and counselors trained in the USA. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 participants from four different Asian countries. Inductive analysis with Consensual Qualitative Research methods was used to analyze the interview data. Three domains and 25 themes emerged from the analysis of the data, representing participants’ key domains as motivation to study in the USA, various sojourn experiences, and multiple reentry challenges. Findings are discussed in terms of training applications for Asian counseling students as well as the cross-national application of US counseling training. Recommendations for educators, supervisors, and prospective international students are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)593-608
Number of pages16
JournalAsia Pacific Education Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 16 2014

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© 2014, Education Research Institute, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.


  • Counseling psychology
  • International students
  • Multicultural training
  • Reentry experience
  • Sojourner experience


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