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Document Type

Article

Keywords

integrated care, counselor education, graduate counseling students, perceived competencies

Subject Area

Counselor Education

Abstract

Integrated care is a holistic treatment modality that increases collaborative efforts between primary care and mental health providers. Support for integrated care is evident, but the development of counselors for this level of care is limited. This study examined graduate counseling students’ (N = 243) perceived competencies about integrated care. Additionally, the study shares findings regarding students’ experiences, useful skills, and concerns about their work in integrated care settings. The results from this study suggest that students have encouraging perceived competencies. However, there were indications that specific contextual challenges remain, but exposure to integrated care training will be valuable. Implications for didactic and practical exposure to integrated care in counselor education programs are discussed.

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