A Qualitative Study on the Interpersonal Trauma Experience in Counseling Psychology Major University Students and their Growth Process as Counselors

상담심리전공 대학생의 대인 외상 경험과 상담자로서의 성장 과정에 대한 질적 연구

  • Hong, Ye Young (Graduate school of Social Education, MyongJi University) ;
  • Chang, Eun Jin (Counseling psychology, Korea Baptist Theological University)
  • 홍예영 (명지대학교 사회교육대학원) ;
  • 장은진 (침례신학대학교 상담심리학과)
  • Received : 2019.03.08
  • Accepted : 2019.05.20
  • Published : 2019.05.28


In this study, we focused on the experience of interpersonal trauma among university students majoring in counseling psychology to understand the meaning of the trauma they experienced, and analyzed the process of their growth as counselors. To that end, we conducted a survey on interpersonal trauma and post-traumatic growth, and interviewed final six students in a face-to-face interview, and analyzed the collected data using the method of qualitative case study. As a result, the trauma and subsequent growth experience have been categorized into 38 semantic units, 15 subcategories and 5 categories, including 'Times of pain', 'A life of dealing with complex emotions alone', 'An experience of understanding and being understood', 'Attempts to change and new meanings' and 'Worries and expectations of growth as a counselor'. The results of this study are meaningful in providing basic information and educational materials needed for the intervention of students majoring in counseling psychology who have experienced trauma.

Table 1. Research Participants

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Table 2. Semi-structured Questionnaires for In-depth Interviews

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Table 3. Categorization Analysis Result

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Supported by : Korea Association of Counseling Department


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