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Sage Goudsward (author)Linda O'Neill (thesis advisor)University of Northern British Columbia College of Arts, Social, and Health Sciences (Degree granting institution)John Sherry (committee member)Si Transken (committee member)
On becoming: The autoethnographic healing journey of one counsellor in training
Master of Education (MEd)
1 online resource (151 pages)
Counsellor identity development is a unique and challenging journey which involves both academic training and personal formation. Research shows that who the counsellor is, personally and interpersonally, is of greater impact in the therapeutic alliance than theory or technique. The counsellor's ongoing individual work on self, experiences in life, and growth in self-awareness, empathy, and compassion are important tasks as the counsellor moves from a novice counsellor to a master therapist. This thesis is meant to add to the body of research on counsellor identity development following the progression of a counsellor in training through this process. Evocative autoethnography was utilized to provide a deeply personal perspective of the process and change that occurred. It was found that spirituality, creativity, and play, as well as the integration of emotional, mental, and somatic parts of self were essential elements of this transformational journey of becoming.
counsellor identity development