Counselor Trainees' Views on Their Forthcoming Experiences in Practicum Course


EURASIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, vol.15, no.61, pp.155-180, 2015 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 61
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.14689/ejer.2015.61.9
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.155-180
  • Keywords: Counselor training, counselor's professional development, counselor trainees' anxiety, counselor trainees' feelings of incompetence
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


Problem Statement: The counseling profession requires specific education and training to equip counselor trainees with necessary knowledge and skills. Therefore, they are required not only to acquire theoretical knowledge but also to integrate it into practice. Especially, the integration of theoretical knowledge into practice is optimally possible with practicum. Although practicum provides a context such integration, it also leads to some negative thoughts and feelings among trainees. Experiencing anxiety and other feelings of incompetence impedes their professional development. Therefore, the critical task is to enable them to cope with negative feelings and experiences such as anxiety during their training process. In this context, taking account trainees' experiences and feelings as counselors during the formal education process makes important contributions to their personal and professional development.