Identifying effective counselors
Callender, Catherine Mary
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This retrospective study was designed to ascertain if certain preadmission and programmatic variables used in The University of Georgia’s Community Counseling program adequately predict which students will be effective counselors. Data were obtained from 62 students who were initially enrolled in the Community Counseling program between August 1997 and August 2002. Ex post facto correlational methods were used to test the relationship between counselor effectiveness, which was defined by cumulative graduate grade point average, scores on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), and faculty ratings on the Professional Counseling Performance Evaluation (PCPE), and preadmission variables, which included undergraduate grade point average, Graduate Record Exam scores, and ratings of personal statements. The relationship between CPCE scores, which also served as a programmatic variable, and counselor effectiveness as defined by cumulative graduate grade point average and faculty ratings on the PCPE was also examined. The implications of the results for training programs and the field of mental health are discussed.