Rheineck, Jane E.
Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
Counseling research shows a lack of information regarding training counselors to work in rural communities. However, more than 80% of the United States land is considered rural. This appears to be an extremely desperate combination of lack of information and training for a large portion of the country's population. An additional complication to this dynamic is that neither CACREP standards nor the ACA Code of Ethics mandate any specific trainings or address any specific needs of rural communities. To improve the understanding of rural community dynamics, this qualitative study explored the phenomenological experiences of counselors working in rural communities. This research was conducted with the purpose of better understanding how rural clinicians name their personal experiences and how they identify the benefits and limitations of working in rural environments. This was done through both individual qualitative interviews and through conducting a focus group of counselor educators. The goal of this research was to not only better understand the experiences of clinicians in rural communities and how they are trained but also to develop policy changes to repair potential deficits and better prepare clinicians to work in rural environments. This study also identified implications for counselor education.
Carter, Danessa, "Providing counseling in a rural setting : a new multicultural perspective" (2019). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 4574.
Northern Illinois University
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