Date of Award

12-20-2009

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Degree Program

Counselor Education

Department

Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Foundations

Major Professor

Herlihy, Barbara

Second Advisor

Paradise, Louis

Third Advisor

Rosenbaum, William

Abstract

This study investigated the preparation, practices, and perceptions of Licensed Professional Counselors with respect to counseling children. The purpose was to determine: a) their graduate coursework, continuing education, and post-degree supervision with respect to counseling children; b) their current caseload, preferred counseling method, and professional development with respect to counseling children; and c) their perceptions regarding their formal education, application of skills, efficacy, and credentialing. The participants in this study were 300 Licensed Professional Counselors. The target population consisted of all Licensed Professional Counselors within the United States. A research-developed, on-line survey, the Counselor Training and Practice Inventory, was used to assess the preparation, practices, and perceptions of the participants in this study. In order for educational standards and training requirements to be established for counselors who counsel children, data must be collected regarding the current views and trends of practitioners, both those who counsel children and those who do not. The study may contribute to a better understanding of practitioners within the counseling profession and the population they serve. In addition, findings could be used to aid credentialing boards in determining standards for practitioners and to assess the education and training of practitioners who counsel children.

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The University of New Orleans and its agents retain the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible this dissertation or thesis in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. The author retains all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis or dissertation.

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