VISTAS Group Counseling

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.



Novice Counselor’s Group Skills Through Personal Reflection and Facilitation

2017

One requirement by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related
Educational Programs (CACREP) is for counselors-in-training (CITs) to be able
to perform group counseling sessions. Further, CACREP suggests a 10-hour
group counseling facilitation experience. In order to assist students in improving
their group counseling skills, novice CITs must practice being group facilitators
and are asked to explore their skills through personal reflection Thirteen CITs in
a master’s-level group counseling course at a historically black college and
university (HBCU) explored and wrote their personal reflections after conducting
a group session. Through using a grounded theory method, empathy was a
recurring theme among the CITs. Implications for novice group counselors and
future research are discussed.

Keywords: group facilitation, group counseling, personal reflection, empathy

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