Title

Graduate Students' Self Assessment of competency in Grief Education and Training in Core Accredited Rehabilitation Counseling Programs

Date of Award

Spring 2010

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Counseling and Human Services

Program/Concentration

Counselor Education and Supervision

Committee Director

Edward Neukrug

Committee Member

Danica G. Hays

Committee Member

Mitchell R. Williams

Abstract

The study examined whether 93 master's level rehabilitation counselor trainees from select Midwestern CORE-accredited schools report having been adequately trained to identify and work with clients who are having grief-related issues from a loss or disability. Using the Grief Counseling Competency Scale (GCCS), participants showed a wide range of scores regarding personal competency related to grief; however, scores tended to be low when examining skills and knowledge relating to grief, with most respondents scoring between "this barely describes me" and "this somewhat describes me." Although presence or history of a disability was found to be related to personal competency, a number of variables were not related, including: gender, age, race/ethnicity, course work in grief theories and grief interventions, practica/internship setting, and attitudes toward people with disabilities. Implications for further research are discussed.

DOI

10.25777/4fjs-h768

ISBN

9781109761313

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