Counselor Education and Supervision (ExCES)
School of Education
Joseph F. Maola
counselor education, counselor trainees, personal power, supervisees
The study investigated the effect that participation in counselor training had on the personal power levels of 45 student volunteers representing three levels of counseling training. Group I (Beginning level) consisted of 15 students beginning counselor training, Group II (Practicum level) was comprised of 16 students beginning the practicum experience, and Group III (Graduating level) was consisted of 14 students graduating from the counselor training program. Individual assessment of personal power levels was accomplished utilizing Hagberg's Personal Power Profile, a 72 question instrument designed to measure individual personal power levels. The six stages of personal power that the instrument is designed to measure are Stage I "Powerlessness," Stage II "Power by Association," Stage III "Power by Symbols," Stage IV "Power by Reflection," Stage V "Power by Purpose, and Stage VI "Power by Gestalt." Significant differences in personal power levels among the student groupings were found to exist in Stage II "Power by Association," Stage V "Power by Purpose," and Stage VI "Power by Gestalt," indicating that participation in counselor training did have an effect on the students' personal power development. Insignificant differences were noted among group personal power levels in Stage I "Powerlessness," Stage III "Power by Symbols," and Stage IV "Power by Reflection." indicating that participation in counseling training had little effect on the students' personal power development in those stages. Conclusions reached support the belief that participation in counselor training does have an effect on students' personal power development and may form the basis for future personal power development in those individuals.
Welburn, J. (2002). An Examination of the Development of Personal Power among Trainees at Various Stages of the Counselor Education Process (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1351