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Cardona, Vilma (Betty)

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As clients’ needs grow in depth and complexity, it is imperative that counselor educators have a process for training counselors-in-training (CITs) to develop nuanced intrapersonal qualities and further prepare them for the challenges of the therapeutic relationship. Counseling skills are just one facet of clinical competence. Counselors-in-training must also develop their self-as-the therapist to gain competence in working with the client’s emotional turmoil, life stressors, intersectionality, unique perspectives, and autonomy (Aponte et al., 2009). The purposeful application of clinical humility could be a catalyst to both scaffold and deepen learning experiences to foster intra- and interpersonal development. The purpose of this study was to develop a scale that measures clinical humility. Previously developed scales which measure humility have not focused on the subdomain of clinical humility studied with counselors/CITs. The Humility in Counseling Scale (HICS) was designed to fill this gap in the research and provide a tool to embed clinical humility into counselor education and supervision (CES) training. A self-assessment measure of clinical humility could be an important tool to evaluate intrapersonal components which strengthen counselor clinical training. The survey was administered to 386 practicing counselors and CITs. Following analysis of the psychometric properties, the results revealed a one-factor solution with three underlying facets of humility (flexibility, self-awareness, and openness). The HICS as a unidimensional measure of humility holds promise to have scores which produce valid and reliable results. Future contributions to the field of CES include a variety of methods to implement the HICS into clinical training settings. Future implications for research include confirmatory factor analysis, comparative analysis, and qualitative studies.


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