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Bridging the Gap: Implementing Peer-Mentoring Programs for Counselors-In-Training

Allen, Summer and Lloyd-Hazlett, Jessica and Cornelius, Hannah and Hunt, David (2017) Bridging the Gap: Implementing Peer-Mentoring Programs for Counselors-In-Training. Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal, 6.


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Counselors-in-training encumber a myriad of professional tasks. High prevalence of burnout in the helping professions (Testa & Sangganjanavanich, 2016) combined with overtasked novice counselors presents a conflict for the counseling profession, specifically at the counselor education stratification. Novice counselors may be unaware of the challenges they could face when entering the counseling profession. Peer-mentoring, as opposed to traditional, hierarchical mentoring, is explored as an option for increasing professional resilience. Wellness is explored as a construct conducive to peer-mentoring relationships in counselor education. Increasing resilience among novice counselors through peer-mentoring may serve to decrease burnout. Furthermore, peer-mentoring may increase wellness and self-care among novice counselors. The authors present peer-mentoring as a viable option for counselor education to implement in an effort to mitigate early counselor burnout. Design and implementation for a peer-mentoring program is introduced. The authors’ intention of the article is to call attention to the need of support for the deeper understanding and implementation of peer-mentorship in the field of counselor education.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is published annually and dedicated to publishing refereed articles related to professional counseling in general and issues and counseling approaches that focus on wellness and personal adjustment. Publication priority was given to current Masters and Doctoral students from CACREP-accredited Counseling Programs with active Chi Sigma Iota Chapters Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is the official publication of the Beta Alpha Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota at Northern Arizona University.
Keywords: peer-mentoring, counselors in training, professional resilience, burnout
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Department/Unit: Journals > Counseling and Wellness Journal
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2017 18:32
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/3000

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