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Positive Psychology in Counselor Education: An Exploration of Counselor Educators’ Opinions
Pit Kolodinsky, Matthew Englar-Carlson, George Montopoli, Bennett Edgerly, David Dubner, Robert Horn, and Patrick Draves
The purpose of this study was to complete an initial exploration of counselor educators’ opinions about the burgeoning field of positive psychology. Eightyeight counselor educators responded to an online survey pertaining to three major aspects of the positive psychology movement. The participants’ responses pointed toward a consistent interest in training counseling students in studies related to positive subjective experiences, positive emotions, and positive communities and groups. Statistical analysis of the data revealed a significant discrepancy between counselor educators’ current and ideal training practices regarding positive psychology, suggesting that theory and research in this field should be integrated into future counselor education training standards. Implications for the field of counselor education, and Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards in particular are provided.