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Integrating the Concept of Grit into a Curriculum for Counseling Practicum and Internship Students
Suzan Z. Wasik
The concept of grit has emerged as a significant predictor of success in a variety
of fields in psychological and educational research. The literature distinguishes
the concept of grit from resilience. Resilience is a characteristic of overcoming
adversity and having the ability to bounce back, whereas grit is the tendency for
an individual to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals. The
purpose of this article is to discuss how the concept of grit may be beneficial in
the supervising and mentoring of counselors-in-training during their field site
experiences. Further, the article illustrates ways counselor educators can integrate
the concept of grit into a practicum and internship course curriculum. The
adoption and benefits of multimedia, experiential, and bibliotherapeutic
approaches are also discussed.
Keywords: grit, practicum, internship supervision