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Development of Professional Identity for Counseling Professionals: A Mindfulness-Based Perspective

  • Shengli Dong
  • Linda Miles
  • Neil Abell
  • Jadelyn Martinez
ORIGINAL ARTICLE

Abstract

Professional identity development (PID), which involves transformational learning, is crucial for counselors and trainees. However most current training approaches focus more on specific tasks related to PID without focusing on the transformational learning aspect. Mindfulness is an important component for transformational learning; however, limited effort has been focused on its likely impact on PID. This conceptual article describes the need for integrating mindfulness into PID, and explains applications of mindfulness practices in assisting counselors to enhance development of a professional identity in the course of completing transformational tasks through a transformative learning process. Recommendations for future practice and research are included.

Keywords

Mindfulness Professional identity development Counselors and trainees Transformational tasks Transformative learning 

Notes

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Conflict of Interest Statement

The authors declared that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational Psychology and Learning SystemsFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.Miles and AssociatesTallahasseeUSA
  3. 3.College of Social WorkFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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