Date: 14 Jul 2011

Effectiveness and Relevance of Training for International Counseling Graduates: A Qualitative Inquiry

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Abstract

The present study was a qualitative study that sought to examine the experiences and perceptions of international counseling graduates (ICGs) who had returned to their home country to work, focusing on the effectiveness and relevance of the training they had received in the United States. Participants were also asked to outline the roles they played in the development of professional counseling in their own country. Eight themes emerged from in-depth interviews involving nine participants: (a) Pioneering and Leadership, (b) American-centric Training, (c) Sojourner and Returnee Adjustment Distress, (d) Personal Investment from Trainers, (e) Student-Centered Training, (f) Time and Financial Constraints, (g) Independent Learning, and (h) Research. The data indicated that participants’ perceptions of the effectiveness and relevance of their training were mixed. Implications for training international counseling students are considered.

This research was supported in part by a grant from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). Results in this study had been presented at the 2010 American Counseling Association Annual Convention, Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A.