Multiple Factors in the Development of the Expert Counselor and Therapist

Len Jennings, Michael P Goh, Thomas M Skovholt, Matthew Hanson, Devjani Banerjee-Stevens

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Abstract

Expertise in counseling and therapy is both desirable and elusive. Increasing our knowledge about expertise in counseling and therapy enhances understanding of the role it plays in our profession. This understanding has the potential to improve the training of counselors and therapists. Yet expertise in counseling and therapy appears to be a multifaceted and dynamic concept needing further definition and description. In this article, we outline challenges faced trying to describe expertise in counseling and therapy and present research-based factors that contribute to developing expertise in counseling and therapy. Important factors include: experience, personal characteristics of the counselor and therapist, cultural competence, and comfort with ambiguity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-72
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Career Development
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2003

Keywords

  • Counselor development
  • Expert counselor
  • Expert therapist
  • Master counselor
  • Master therapist

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