Transformative Learning for Counselor Trainees: Implementation of the Multicultural Immersion Experience Model

  • Elizabeth A. ProsekEmail author
  • Rebecca E. Michel


In this qualitative inquiry, we studied the lived experiences of counselor trainees who participated in a short-term study abroad program in Dublin, Ireland. It was found that counselor trainees self-reported transformative growth as a result of their cultural immersion. Specifically, counselor trainees identified an increase in cultural self-awareness, other awareness, and global connection. The implications of applying transformative learning theory and the Multicultural Immersion Experience model to guide cultural immersion programs are discussed.


Counselor trainee development Cultural immersion Study abroad Multicultural immersion experience model 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

The authors report no conflicts of interest. The research on human subjects was conducted with approval from the University’s IRB. Participants were provided opportunity for informed consent.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Counseling and Higher EducationUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA
  2. 2.Division of Psychology and CounselingGovernors State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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