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Counselor’s Crisis Self-Efficacy Scale: A Validation Study
Michelle Peters, Cheryl Sawyer, and Jana Willis
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