Date of Award

Spring 2009

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Program/Concentration

Counselor Education and Supervision

Committee Director

Tim Grothaus

Committee Member

Danica G. Hays

Committee Member

Laurie Craigen

Abstract

There is a paucity of research regarding master's level school counselors' conceptualizations of their training regarding recognizing and responding to adolescent mental health issues. The purpose of this study was to propose develop a theory that illuminates new school counselors' conceptualizations of their training related to gaining knowledge in recognizing and responding to adolescent mental health issues. To accomplish this, eight school counselors in the southeastern Virginia area participated in two rounds of individual interviews and a reflective writing activity. Utilizing a qualitative grounded theory design, both the interviews and the reflective writing were analyzed to extrapolate themes about their conceptualizations regarding their training with regards to recognizing and responding to adolescent mental health issues. Findings were subjected to verification procedures.

DOI

10.25777/pq09-7b78

ISBN

9781109142884

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