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Counselor Dispositions: An Added Dimension for Admissions Decisions
Fred Redekop and Brian Wlazelek
Assessing applicants for counselor dispositions—those characteristics or variables that define an effective counselor—is a strategy that can be used by counseling programs to assist with admission decisions. Modifying Wasicsko’s (2007) model, counselor educators decided to add a dispositions element as a first step in exploring a dispositions model in counselor selection. In order to illustrate how this model can be applied, examples are analyzed according to the four categories of the scale: Perception of Self; Perception of Others; Perception of Purpose; and Frame of Reference. This paper addresses strengths and limitations of this strategy, along with recommendations for developing it as a viable admissions tool.