Author

Oksoon Lee

Publication Date

2018

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Wickman, Scott A.

Degree Name

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Department

Counseling, Adult and Higher Education

LCSH

Higher education||Counseling Psychology||Clinical psychology

Abstract

Counseling practicums are vital in counselor education and a significant transitional period from a student to a counselor. Practicum provides for the application of theory and counseling skills that students have learned during the coursework. It is also memorable moment to meet a real client for the first time. Practicum supervisees have to prove their counseling skills and capacities as professional counselors. However, in this stage, practicum supervisees experience a high level of anxiety, self-doubt and low self-efficacy that keeps them from being fully present with and therapeutically responding to their clients. Creative/expressive arts have been utilized in counselor education as well as counseling to reduce those barriers and optimize supervisees' professional growth by providing creative non-verbal methods to build safe and trusting supervisory relationships, increase self-awareness, and reduce fear and resistance. This qualitative research explored how counselor educators have experienced and perceived using creative/expressive arts in practicum supervision. Seven participants were recruited through reputational and snowball sampling. Six participants held a Ph.D. in counselor education or closely related fields. All participants had counseling related licensures and practicum teaching and/or practicum supervision experience using creative/expressive arts for at least three years as well as publications and/or presentations about creative/expressive art supervision. The participants engaged in 60-90 minute interviews and reviewed all transcripts and findings to verify the accuracy and trustworthiness. N-Vivo 11 was used to analyze the data. Findings revealed four categories of themes: creative intervention, the decision-making process, the supervisory process, and professional growth. The study offers insights into why and how counselor educators and clinical supervisors utilized creative/expressive arts to optimize their practicum supervisees' professional growth. Implications for counselor educators, clinical supervisors, counselors-in-training, and counseling programs are offered. Future directions for research are also discussed.

Comments

Advisors: Scott A. Wickman.||Committee members: Cythia Campbell; Toni R. Tollerud.||Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

190 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

Media Type

Text

Share

COinS