Promoting Tolerance for Ambiguity in Counselor Training Programs

Levitt, Dana Heller; Jacques, Jodi D.
March 2005
Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education & Development;Spring2005, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p46
Academic Journal
This article reports that each year, eager students enter counseling programs ready to begin their journey of becoming competent helping professionals. The goal for counselor educators is not only to create effective counselors but also to promote the optimal counselor identity development of these counselors-in-training. Educating students about the art and science of counseling presents a large challenge to counselor educators, who seem to be struggling to figure out how to approach a murky area that has lots of "it depends" without destroying the clinical richness of what therapy is about. Several introductory counseling textbooks have highlighted the role of ambiguity in the counseling profession. It is opined that there is an absence of perceived truth by students at the early stages of development as counselors. Anxiety and frustration may indeed be expected when they are faced with increasingly ambiguous concepts of counseling. Faced with the challenges and frustrations of not quite mastering the most basic elements of counseling at the outset of their academic and professional journeys, many students revert to tried-and-true learning techniques.


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