Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type



advocacy, counseling students, legislative advocacy, political advocacy, phenomenological analysis

Subject Area

Counselor Education


Counseling students need to develop competency in advocacy. In this article, the researchers explore students’ legislative advocacy experiences at a state capitol by analyzing transcripts from 8 interviews and 17 written reflections, using a phenomenological approach. The researchers discuss five themes, including (a) learning process, (b) being an advocate, (c) influence, (d) empowerment and future advocacy, and (e) improvements; and present implications for counselor preparation.



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