A study on undergraduate students' self-growth experiences in a counseling skills training course

상담실습 수업을 통한 대학생들의 자기성장 경험 연구 : 융합적 교육방법을 활용한 수업사례 연구

  • Kim, Youngeun (Division of Christian Studies, Baekseok University) ;
  • Lee, Hyun-Jung (Division of Social Welfare, Baekseok University)
  • 김영은 (백석대학교 기독교학부) ;
  • 이현정 (백석대학교 사회복지학부)
  • Received : 2015.08.01
  • Accepted : 2015.10.20
  • Published : 2015.10.31


The purpose of this study is to explore undergraduate students' self-growth experiences in a counseling skills training course. Participants of this study were seven students who completed the counseling skills course in a university. The analysis was done on the weekly reflective journals they had written during the course using Colaizzi's phenomenological qualitative method. As a result, 26 themes and 11 theme clusters which emerged: projecting oneself onto client, exploring interpersonal dynamics, approaching one's emotions, discovering oneself that he was not conscious of, examining connection between the present and the past, experiencing difficulties due to facing self, feeling concerned about performing a role as counselor, increasing growth motive, finding value of self-awareness, trying new actions, expanding acceptance of oneself and others. Likewise, undergraduate students were experiencing self-growth in a variety of aspects. This study has implications in that it shed a rich light on the self-growth of a counselor that has not received much attention so far. In the future, this study can be utilized in the development of holistic counseling training programs that would systematically facilitate counselors' self-growth.


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