VISTAS Counselor Professional and Career Development

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.



Counselor’s Crisis Self-Efficacy Scale: A Validation Study

Michelle Peters, Cheryl Sawyer, and Jana Willis

2017

Nearly every day, news reports cover new major local, state, national, and international crisis situations. A purposeful sample of 171 master’s-levelcounseling students was administered the Counselor’s Crisis Self-Efficacy Scale (CCSES) prior to and following the completion of a crises intervention preparation course for mental health responders. The purpose of this research study was two-fold: (a) validate the CCSES and (b) examine the influence of a course in crises intervention on the preparedness of beginning counselors’
perceived self-efficacy. Findings indicated that the CCSES was a valid and reliable instrument and counseling students had greater levels of crisis self-efficacy following participation in the crises intervention course.
Keywords: beginning counselors, counselor training, crisis intervention, crisis curriculum, crisis preparedness, crisis self-efficacy

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