counselors-in-training, empathy, theoretical orientation, and theoretical orientation selection
Counseling, Counselor Education, Higher Education Counseling, Mental Health Counseling
This study examined the relationship between theoretical orientation and empathy levels of a group of 166 counselors-in-training. Participants’ responses to the Toronto Empathy Questionnaire (TEQ) and the Theoretical Evaluation Self-Test (TEST) were collected and analyzed. Only individual items from the TEQ were found to have a relationship with the theoretical orientation inclination responses on the TEST. However, a trend between humanistic theories and counselors-in-training theoretical orientation inclination seems to exist. The study concluded that counselors-in-training might need to develop self-awareness before selecting a theoretical orientation that fit. Incongruences were found between theoretical orientation selected in the demographic questionnaire and the results of the TEST. Implications for counselor educators and future research recommendations are discussed.
Manzano Boulton, E., & Davis, E. (2019). The Relationship between Empathy and Theoretical Orientation of Counselors-in-training. The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 12(4). Retrieved from https://repository.wcsu.edu/jcps/vol12/iss4/5