Date of Award

Spring 2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Program/Concentration

Counseling

Committee Director

Theodore P. Remley, Jr.

Committee Member

Laurie Craigen

Committee Member

Dana Burnett

Abstract

Supervisors often find themselves in the midst of ambiguity seeking clarity of their role and professional identity within the counseling field. Supervisors wear many hats, the most prominent ones being educator, counselor, and gatekeeper for the profession. Counseling supervisors are expected to establish and maintain a complex blend of professional, educational, and therapeutic relationships with their supervisees. This process involving multiple roles often presents conflicts. One such conflict experienced by supervisors has been termed role ambiguity. The purpose of this phenomenological inquiry was to explore what experiences counseling supervisors have with role ambiguity and how they experience role ambiguity. Themes emerged from the data related to the perceptions counseling supervisors have about their identity, attitudes regarding the clarity and ambiguity of their roles, and their emotionality while experiencing role ambiguity.

DOI

10.25777/jt9s-ns97

ISBN

9781303997099

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