Advisor

Cardon, Vilma Betty

Committee Member

Stipanovic, Natalie

Committee Member

Hess, Robyn

Committee Member

Larkins, Randy

Department

Applied Psychology and Counselor Education

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

12-2018

Extent

275 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

The primary purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to understand how bilingual professional counselors experience bilingual counseling in Spanish and English. I was additionally interested in learning how bilingual professional counselors develop their bilingual skills for bilingual counseling. Further, how counselor educators and supervisors can assist bilingual professional counselors in their development of bilingual skills was of note. Twelve professional counselors were interviewed for the study from various regions in the United States of America. Through thematic analysis, five main themes and 13 subthemes were identified. The findings provide specific implications for bilingual professional counselors, counselor educators, and supervisors. These implications are discussed at length, especially in connection to the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MSJCC), and future directions for research are highlighted. In conclusion, bilingual professional counseling in Spanish/English is a specialized and unique form of counseling and a call to research the phenomenon of bilingual Spanish/English counseling further is merited to help ensure ethical and competent practice.

Degree type

PhD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Local Identifiers

Crookstone_unco_0161D_10692.pdf

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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