A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Counseling Students Who Participate in Mindfulness-Based Activities in a Counseling Theory and Practice Course

  • Jason T. DuffyEmail author
  • Douglas A. Guiffrida
  • Maria E. Araneda
  • Serina M. R. Tetenov
  • Sarah C. Fitzgibbons


This study explored the lived experiences of two cohorts of counselors in training (CITs) who experienced mindfulness-based activities in a counseling theory and practice course. Utilizing Merriam’s Interpretive Qualitative Approach (Merriam 1988, 2002), the data suggested that students perceived the activities to have enhanced their experiences as students and development as counselors. Implications for improving counselor preparation are considered.


Mindfulness Counselor education Professional development Counselor development 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jason T. Duffy
    • 1
    Email author
  • Douglas A. Guiffrida
    • 2
  • Maria E. Araneda
    • 2
  • Serina M. R. Tetenov
    • 2
  • Sarah C. Fitzgibbons
    • 2
  1. 1.State University of New York OswegoOswegoUSA
  2. 2.University of RochesterRochesterUSA

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