Advisor

Cardona, Vilma

Committee Member

Helm, Heather

Committee Member

Gonzalez, David

Committee Member

Murza, Kimberly

Department

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences; Applied Statistics and Counselor Education

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

12-2019

Extent

308 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the lived experiences of counselors providing counseling to adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Eleven professional counselors participated in the study from various regions of the United States. Four themes and 10 subthemes were found. The resulting themes discuss the counselor reactions, previous experiences with ASD, approaches used in counseling, and counselor self-care. The findings exhibit new evidence in the literature such as counselors’ emotional reactions to working with adults with ASD, challenges in balancing adult clients with ASD and their family members, and professional emotional boundaries used as a self-care tool. Implications are provided specific to counselor educators, counselor supervisors, and practicing counselors in the field. Recommendations include incorporating more education and exposure to individuals with ASD into counseling programs and increasing trainings and research on counseling adults with ASD.

Degree type

EdD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Local Identifiers

Mack_unco_0161D_10802.pdf

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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